Author: Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Source: The awesome Jess @ Gone With the Words
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Firelight was my first foray into the paranormal world of dragons, and I admittedly went into it with not-so-very-high expecations. To my delight, Sophie Jordan delivered – in a big way.
The first thing I noticed about Firelight was the amazing description of Jacinda manifesting into a draki. I could vividly see her skin changing colors and her wings expanding as if I was actually standing there next to her. If I can picture a paranormal creature that clearly in my mind, then we are off to a good start!
Going further into the paranormal theme… the draki are the only paranormal aspect (so far) of the world that Sophie Jordan has built. Everything else about the world is the same – inhabited by humans who drive cars, go to high school, or have jobs. I found this intiruging because it was almost as if draki were just plopped onto Earth back in the day and they just managed to survive. I wonder if the next book in the series, Vanish, will delve into this a bit more and expose more of a paranormal world as a whole. I would love to learn more about the history of the draki and how they have evolved over the years.
Firelight was a definite success for me in the dragon department, and I highly suggest you pick it up if you are into paranormal books with bad-ass female leads. Plus, there is a very mysterious boy named Will who is kind of a big deal in the book… but I don’t want to give too much away about him. You just need to find out for yourself