Firelight is Sophie Jordan’s first young adult novel. Since I don’t generally read adult romance, I was unfamiliar with her writing. I don’t know if she had any trouble writing for a younger audience, but if she did, it doesn’t show! Her writing is fluid and descriptive, but not over the top. What I really like about her writing is that she also incorporated fragmented sentences, kind of like Lisa McMann (author of the Wake trilogy). These fragments further solidified Jacinda’s voice.
Speaking of Jacinda, I enjoyed her as a character and a narrator. She’s strong and independent, but is still vulnerable and capable of showing her soft side. I liked the way Jordan handled Jacinda’s feelings for Will in relation to her loyalty to the pride, which she is forced to leave. At times, Jacinda’s anger about leaving the pride was redundant, but overall, I understood where she was coming from and thought her anger further illustrated her loyalty.
I also enjoyed the character of Tamra, Jacinda’s sister. At first I didn’t like how whiney she was, but then I realized that the way she spoke and viewed her life was exactly how most teens act. It’s safe to say that Ms. Jordan successfully captured the teen voice. 🙂 One character I didn’t really understand was Jacinda and Tamra’s mom. I didn’t understand what motivated her actions, but I feel like her character will be explored in the sequel.
For some reason, throughout the whole novel, I kept picturing the draki to look like the vampires from the “Van Helsing” movie, which aren’t the most attractive looking creatures. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like more details about the draki’s appearance would have been beneficial to the story.
Overall, I loved Firelight and can’t wait for the sequels! The writing, characters, plot, and pacing are all great and help make this an extremely enjoyable novel. I found myself wanting to stay up late to delve deeper into the story. Lovers of romance will love Will and Jacinda’s relationship, but I think readers will also appreciate the personal struggle Jacinda faces. Even if dragons aren’t really your thing, please don’t hesitate to read it.
(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)