Author: Sophie Jordan
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Draki (Book 1)
Publication Date: September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061935085 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0061935084 (Harper Teen)
Synopsis (Product Description):
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 leads 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 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.
Quick & Dirty: This is a fantastic supernatural tale with beautifully written characters, and breathtaking world-building.
Opening Sentence: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it.
Excerpt: Chapters 1-3
Life for Jacinda isn’t very easy. She’s struggling to gain control over her future. Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons. The draki have evolved over time, with the ability to appear human, hiding their true nature from those that seek to destroy them. Because of her rare ability, Jacinda is also the prized possession of her pride. Jacinda is a fire breather. Her pride expects her to do what’s best for their future and survival. Jacinda’s ability offers great protection, and the pride wants her to mate and breed more fire breathers. Not wanting to be controlled and have her life planned out for her, Jacinda rebels. Putting her life and the pride’s existence at risk, Jacinda’s mother is forced to take drastic action. Jacinda, her twin sister Tamra, and her mother flee their home to start a new life in the mortal world.
Firelight is intoxicating. Ms. Jordan‘s prose beautifully captures Jacinda’s every action, thought and emotion. Firelight maintains high levels of intrigue, suspense, action and romance. This is more than a story about forbidden love. Firelight beautifully illustrates Jacinda’s struggle with identity and purpose. The dragon mythology and world-building are incredible. It was easy for me to become immersed in the story and these characters. I can’t wait to learn more about the township where Jacinda’s pride lives. I’d also like to know more about the different types of draki and their powers. The world that Ms. Jordan has created is vivid, layered and fascinating.
Jacinda surprised me in many ways. She’s very conflicted and passionate about her sense of self. On the one hand she embraces her draki heritage, but on the other hand she won’t be a slave to all its’ traditions. Her sacrifices and struggles are heartbreaking.
I’m very much intrigued by the sexy, dashing and domineering Cassian, the son of the pride leader. Cassian is the alpha next in line to lead the pride and he intends to claim Jacinda. We only get a few glimpses of Cassian, but I love his interactions with Jacinda thus far. For now their relationship is rocky at best, but there’s definitely some spark there. It’s clear that Cassian will have a larger role in the next book.
In stark contrast to Cassian, Will comes from a family of dragon hunters. Jacinda knows that he hunts her kind, yet she finds herself drawn to him nonetheless. He awakens her draki senses and Jacinda can’t seem to walk away from this dangerous situation. Although I like Will’s character, I don’t know if I necessarily envision him and Jacinda together. Jacinda’s relationship with Will presents yet another conflict. It remains to be seen whether the Will side of Jacinda’s love triangle is any more than a plot device to spice things up.
Overall, Firelight is captivating from start to finish. Ms. Jordan has crafted a complicated and seductive world with vivid characters, lots of danger and pulse-pounding adventure. Intense, enthralling, and unique, you won’t be able to put this book down. I highly recommend reading this book.
My eyes are slower to process, to accept, what I already know. I stare up at him. The immensity of him, a looming wall. Well over six feet. I forgot about his size. His sheer presence. Somehow, with time and distance, here in the human world, he had shrunk in my mind. Now I get all over again why he’s the leading onyx of my pride. Second only to his father.
Charcoal black flashes beneath the olive hue of Cassian’s skin, his draki flesh ready to burst free. “I’m not here for my father or the pride.”
As his purple-black eyes bore into me, I feel this truth. Know what he’s really saying. He’s here for himself.
I cock my head. “News flash, Cassian. I’m not looking to go home.” At least not like this. Not with him dragging me back.
He responds to this in typical male draki fashion. His face tightens into stark lines, his nose broadening with several sharp ridges, his skin flashing, blurring in and out. Black dragon skin one moment, human flesh the next.
I brace myself, flex my toes inside my shoes. Steam puffs from my nose like warm breath on a wintry day.
The Draki Series:
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