As always, the cover caught my attention first. And the idea with dragons and shapeshifters sounded also very intriguing. So why not give it a try? It might not have thrilled me, as expected, but this book left me thinking about some things.  No doubt, the author started a wonderful reading experience here.

by Sophie Jordan
Firelight Trilogy #1
Publisher Harper Teen on September 7, 2010
Genre Fantasy
Pages 336
Format Hardcover

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the drake – 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 drake spirit fades. The one thing that revives 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. 
Jacinda lives among people. She is always in danger of betraying herself and her species, the Draki. Whenever she is in danger or afraid, she threatens to transform herself and reveal her biggest secret. But people are not allowed to know anything about it because her secret also means protecting her race from human hunters. Above all Will. To him, Jacinda feels a special connection. For her mother, this means only one thing: The Draki in her daughter must be killed. A thought that horrifies Jacinda. But it does not work as easily as her mother imagines. And for Jacinda begins a fight for her identity and her love for Will, which puts everything else in the shade.   

The reader impressively experiences an unusual story that has often made me very thoughtful. Sophie Jordan´s writing style is slightly subdued and very calm, yet colorful and very expressive – not to say visually stunning. The author has a real knack for entertaining her readers with a colorful and in some cases surprisingly profound story, even if the novel shows weakness over a few chapters and runs the risk of slipping into triviality. At the end of the book, it was really thrilling again.  Even though the novel did not fascinate me as much as I had hoped, the vivid descriptions of the scenes, the successful pictorial language, and the love story between Will and Jacinda still inspired me.

With her characters, Sophie Jordan has created creatures who all carry their burden and have secrets. It focusses mainly on the hidden features, the profoundness of their characters, their idiosyncrasies. The reader has time over the entire novel to befriend the individual characters or to find them unsympathetic – whatever you prefer. The first-person perspective of the novel gives the person who reads a special way of looking at the rest of the characters. Jacinda shows her feelings, thoughts, and her view of things very clearly, which intensifies her experiences and feelings. The minor characters, however, are left to the imagination of the reader, as far as their appearance. Only their characteristics are clearly visible.  

This novel has not torn me into a veritable rapture of enthusiasm but still lingered in me for a long time. The storyline is not bizarre, but it´s all the more thoughtful. It is rather the soft sounds that have captivated me and made me realize that this book will undoubtedly polarize its readership. If you want to get involved in a nice and slightly melancholic story, the novel should be exactly right for you. 

Happy reading

Sophie Jordan
Sophie Jordan ©Country Park Portraits

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she´s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she´s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.


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