Review – Firelight
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  • September 21, 2010

I’ve been on a YA romance kick lately. Firelight by Sophie Jordan was no exception. The difference of course being that while I have been reading Gothic and Werewolves and Vampires (oh my!) the theme here is different… dragons, or, rather, Draki. Draki are a race descended from dragons who hide in the world by disguising their forms with human raiment and human bodies. A Draki’s form manifests when they hit puberty, along with a talent that will define who you are within the pride.

Jacinda is a fire breather, the first fire breather in several generations. While she is embarrassed and hides under her own nature the rest of the pride has other ideas for her. Her mother learns what is in store for Jacinda and decides she has to protect both her and Jacinda’s twin sister, Tamra. The three flee to Nevada, hoping the desert will help protect them from Jacinda’s true form manifesting before humans. There is a catch – Jacinda hates it. She wants to back home with the earth and the rain where she can be herself. Tamra and Jacinda’s mother are completely at peace as Tamra never manifested and her mother, in sympathy with Tam, de-manifested her Draki form. For the three to lead a normal life Jacinda has to sacrifice the most important thing. Herself.

Firelight surprised me. It’s completely unique to the YA market. There is not another series that I can think of like this. I enjoyed it so much. It does descend a bit into the angsty romantic triangle impossibilities that so defines the YA genre currently (curse you Twilight!). But, that said, I’m not mad at it. I thought it was a great read, and I am very excited for the sequel.

5 out of 5 stars. I will be reading the next one.

– BP

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