Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: 1st (Firelight)
Published: September 6, 2011 by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Description: To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?
I Give This ...
I have to admit that I was a little surprised at how much I enjoyed the 1st book in this series. Sure, I've read about dragons. But, I don't recall reading a story about someone turning into one. I had hopes that the wonderful story line could be continued you in the second installment.
I felt like we got a better look at how the pride functions in this book. It seems like the powers that be tend to rule with iron fist. While most fall in line with that idea, Jacinda obviously doesn't it. But, she's really to try. She's doing it for her sisters sake, and I think a little bit for her own. Because crippling her spirit makes it easier to forget Will. It's hard for her in many ways. She's watching her sister find her place in the pride, something she's always wanted. And at the same time, she's watching her mother die inside a little everyday. It must be hard to go through all that and basically have the entire pride shun you at the same time.
I'm not usually won for love triangles. But, I find this one interesting. Why? Because, I honestly don't know who to choose. I love Will because he is willing to turn his back on his family and who he was raised to be. I find that Cassian draws me a little more, but only because I can't quite figure him out. He think he will go to great lengths for Jacinda, but I often question his motives.
I really loved this edition. It was better than Firelight. It makes me look forward to the 3rd books (Hidden) that much more!