Monday, February 21, 2011

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight by Sophie Jordan.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 323.
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.
Firelight was my first “draki” book and I’m happy to say that it didn’t disappoint. It’s romantic, thrilling, intense and a breath of fresh air for all paranormal fans.

This story had its ups and downs for me, but I ended up really enjoying it. Jacinda’s struggle to survive in an area that kills the draki within her was extremely enthralling, as was the steamy relationship between her and Will, a draki hunter. (And who doesn’t love a good star-crossed lovers story?) Jacinda’s dance between being with Will and staying away from Will was a bit exhausting at times considering she went back and forth quite frequently, but I think that’s my only complaint concerning those two. However, don’t get me started on Jacinda’s sister, Tamra. I don’t think there was ever a character I wanted to punch in the face more …

The ending is torturous. I felt like the plot was finally starting to speed up and come together and then Sophie hit us with that bang of a conclusion. I probably would’ve preferred another chapter or so before the end, but ultimately, it’ll entice me to buy the second book as soon as I possibly can, which is what I’m sure the publisher and author are going for.

Overall, Firelight was very enjoyable. It’s something that hasn’t been done much before, and will probably pave the way for more draki novels in the future, so I was pleased at how wonderfully written and fabulously plotted this one was. I definitely recommend!

Other reviews for Firelight:
Pure Imagination.
Bookworming In The 21st Century.
Good Choice Reading.
The Teen Bibliophile.


  1. I really enjoyed this as well and am looking forward to reading the sequel! Great review :)

  2. Great review! This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for forever and I honestly knew NOTHING about it. You've gotten me pretty excited to start reading it =]

  3. Awesome review! I agree with you, the book had its ups and downs, but was overall good!

  4. GREAT review! I've been wanting to read this book for what seems like FOREVER! Hopefully I'll get to soon.

    I'm really glad you liked it! Sorry it came with an ending leaving you wanting a lot more.

    At least the sequel is set to be released in early September. So you don't have too long to wait. :)