Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Published: February 20th, 2012 (Blossom Books)
Source: ARC from publisher
Series: Firelight trilogy, #1
Dutch review: Firelight. Ziel van Vuur
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Note: I read the Dutch edition of this book, so there might be some difference due to translation.
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.
I was very excited to receive a Dutch ARC of Firelight a couple of weeks ago from the Dutch publisher. I hadn't yet read it because at the time of the release, I was working on a dragon story and I didn't want to be influenced, but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read and review it. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Despite their departure from the colony, Jacinda is strong and determined to let het draki live while she stays in the desert to stay with her mom and sister. She quickly finds out that Will stirs her inner draki, even though he is her enemy: he's a draki hunter. Though they crush on eachother pretty early in the story, their relationship develops over the next weeks and I really enjoyed seeing their feelings blossom into something more.
While there isn't that much action in the novel, the story is pretty fast paced and it read very easily. I loved how much the writing flowed and how it managed to keep my interest, even though some chapters only told about classes in school.
I really liked Will, alone and together with Jacinda, even though they are not supposed to be together because of his background. They were believable as a couple, and I liked reading about them. In the next book I hope to read some more about the draki colony, because I'm very curious about that!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to get my grabby little hands on the next installment. I'm very much looking forward to reading more about Jacinda's world! I'll be back for book 2 as soon as it's available in Dutch.