Firelight, Book 2
Synopsis: 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?
Rewiew: In the previous book, Jacinda revealed the secret of the draki to save the boy she loves. Now all her kind is in danger. As they can no longer stay in Chaparral, Jacinda as well as her mother and her twin sister Tamra try to escape with the Cassian’s help. In this second book the story starts where book 1, Firelight left us. So we find Jacinda, Tamra, their mother and Cassian in the car on their way to the pride. But during the journey they are attacked by the hunters and it is at this moment that the improbable happens: Tamra shifts into a draki for the first time…
I didn’t enjoy Firelight mainly due to the heroine, Jacinda whose attitude annoyed me a lot. Unfortunately, in this sequel she does not change much. She remains an immature teenager, selfish and completely obsessed with Will, so much that it becomes ridiculous. Moreover she constantly changes her mind. At first she wants to forget Will and continue to live with her kind. Then she does not want to… So no big change compared to the first book.
We see Jacinda’s return within the pride and the least we can say is that the welcoming is far from being friendly: she has betrayed her kind and they know it. Nobody trusts her and even her best friend Az ignores her. Rejected by all she turns herlself to Cassian the only one who seems to worry about her. But this situation does not please at all to Tamra as she hoped to finally attract Cassian’s attention now that she is a draki. However I found this book more exciting than the first one. Probably because we finally learn more about the habits and customs of the draki, at least concerning the pride that Jacinda comes from. We discover a village completely isolated, away from prying human eyes and where life is far from being idyllic. Severin, Cassian’s father, leads the pride with a heavy hand. People must follow strict rules and if they don’t conform to them, they are severely punished. Severin does not hesitate to use some cruel and barbaric practices to spread terror and we understand why Jacinda’s mother fled away with her two daughters. The draki who live there are not free. Is it the same in the other prides? It is a good question.
Concerning the male characters, we have a Cassian more present and it is clear that he is madly in love with Jacinda. Honestly I don’t know what he can like about her especially when we see how she treats him throughout the story. Of all, he is my favorite character because there is a certain aura of mystery that floats around him. He fascinates, intrigues, and then he is really handsome. I was sad to see him so unhappy. We do not learn much about him in this book except that he really seems to care about Jacinda and he would do anything to protect her (poor man). I hope that in the next book we will see him more and that he will play an important role because he is a very interesting character and so different from other pride members including his father. Regarding Will, although I do not appreciate him as much as Cassian, I must admit that I preferred him in this book. Perhaps it is because he is less present here… well I don’t know but I appreciated each of his appearances. That said there are a lot of questions about him and about the extent of his powers that remain unanswered. I wonder what will happen in book 3 concerning him. Corbin is the archetype of the evil character, the equivalent of Xander but in a draki version.
There are also other characters, mainly pride members. Regarding Tamra, we can say that she does not appear much. Regarding the Enkros, the other draki’s enemies, we still don’t know anything about them. So we will have to wait for the last book in the series to learn more. The end is rather successful and promises a sequel rich in action and twists. So I will read the third and final book in this trilogy with pleasure to finally know the outcome of this story.