Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Review: Firelight, by Sophie Jordan

First line: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it.

This is one of those books that I easily lost myself in, and it seemed to come to an end
far too soon. One of those book where you think, "Okay, I've got work to do, so I'll just finish this chapter," and then five chapters later you're like, "Crap! Now I really have to work!", and then five chapters after that you're like, "Oh, what the heck. The work can wait!"

Jacinda is a draki, a descendant from dragons, who can shift between dragon and human form. She is also the last of her kind who can breathe fire. This, of course, makes her very important, and the pride of draki that she lives with watch her every move.

When Jacinda breaks the rules the pride decides to punish her - but her mother has other plans. In the dead of night Jacinda and her family sneak away to begin a new life, a life apart from the draki. A safe life.

But then Jacinda meets Will. From a family of hunters, Will is anything but safe - he is Jacinda's most dangerous enemy. But she just can't stay away from him...



I really liked the fresh take on dragons in this story, and FIRE! Wow, I'm not sure why but fire just seems dangerous and beautiful and sexy and powerful all at the same time. (I don't think I'm a pyromaniac...)

The only thing that annoyed me a little was Jacinda's back-and-forth indecision and her internal monologues that seemed to become repetitive quite quickly. But I suppose that's what it's like when you're 16!

I enjoyed this book - devoured it quickly - and I recommend it to anyone who's into this type of story.


3 comments:

Quinn said...

I loved FIRELIGHT. You're right ... Jacinda's back and forth did get a little tiresome, but it didn't really detract from the story.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Rachel, thanks for this wonderful review and introducing us to the great book. I am sure I will love this book.

Thanks for your comment on my blogfest post. It was nice to read your list.

http://rachnachhabria.blogspot.com/2010/09/unleashing-our-creativity.html

Quinn said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award on my blog.