Combined Review: Sophie Jordan – Firelight (#1) & Vanish: a Firelight Novel (#2)

As this is a review of the first two books in the series, I will try to be as spoiler free as I can and will only publish the Blurb of the first novel as not to spoil too much.

Firelight

 

Blurb:

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ an entertaining fantasy novel with dragons
+ relatable main character
– little more action and less emotional turmoil would have been appreciated

My Opinion:

Jacinda is a draki, who can shift between human and dragon form. When her mother wants to escape the pack, she takes her two daughters into a small town in a dry place where Jacinda’s draki would finally fade and the family would be free. But first of all Jacinda does not want her draki to fade and second meeting Will encourages her draki. Yet the most important rule of their race is to never reveal their ability to the humans especially not the hunters…and Will is just that.

I enjoyed the first book in the series. It was an interesting take on the dragon myth, it was well written, fluent, and entertaining. The pace of the story was not to fast and occasionally I wished it was a little faster. I could empathize with Jacinda and even her mother, but I was thoroughly annoyed with Jacinda’s sister Tamara. She was annoying, childish, and often too much teenager for me, blaming all and everything on her sister.
The love story was OK, yet not too much, but it was all a matter of time until everything blew up in their faces. I enjoyed the revelations about the draki and would have loved to learn more. There was just too much focus on Jacinda and her love life.

The second book was sadly even slower and sometimes a little to focused on Jacinda’s feelings and turmoil. A little more action would have been better which definitely picked up towards the end to lead us to the final installment. This part seemed to just bridge book 1 and book 3 and set up the whole love triangle schematic. However, this time around I related to Tamara a lot more and I enjoyed when she finally showed some backbone.

Bottom Line:

All in all, a good series so far. The first book was really entertaining, the second a little slow, but I am hoping for more action in the third installment.

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