The Awesome that is Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Firelight (Darkest London, #1)


Saturday I woke up, hopped onto my Google Reader and read this early review of Moonglow by Kristen Callihan. Pam is one of my go to readers for recs, so I was very intrigued. After some research I realized Tori, Bells and many others loved the first book in the series, Firelight. So with a quick ‘one-click’ at Amazon I had it on my kindle.

I loved this book. It is a paranormal historical, although I’d say the first half of the book only hints at the paranormal aspects. But we have some of my favorite tropes in this book. First, a marriage of convenience. Oh I love this theme. Our hero, Archer is very wealthy, yet a social outcast. He is very deformed (hello, Beauty and the Beast trope! Another favorite). He wears a mask, that covers his face, as the right side of his face and body is mysteriously deformed. He meets our heroine, Miranda three years previous to the book starting, and becomes obsessed with her. Knowing she lives in poverty with a cruel father, he finally offers for her, knowing she has no choice but to accept. They marry at the beginning of the book. He refuses to remove his mask through much of the book, but she fall in love with him nonetheless. She loves him for the man he is, no matter how tortured or shamed he is. Their romance and love is so intense in this book and so well done. And sexy. Oh sooooo sexy. The scenes with just Miranda and Archer together, fighting their past and trying to make a better future together are so well written.

Miranda has secrets of her own. Born with the ability to control fire, she is scared of this gift. She has killed with this gift. I will say, we never really come to understand why she has this gift. There is a good reason why Archer is the way he is, but why can Miranda control fire? Are there more people in the world like her? Maybe we will get answers to this as the series continues. I also am not sure I ever had a good grasp as to how exactly she uses her gift. It seemed a little vague. But this really didn’t bother me all that much.

These two are quite the pair, and the journey they go on to discover each other, trust each other, and fight the demons that stalk them both is so good. I loved every second of this book and I can’t wait for Moonglow which features Miranda’s sister. Her sister’s HEA plays a prominent role in this book so I definitely recommend you read this first. Tori has read the arc and loved it. We’ll post the review early next week.

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  1. says

    I loved this book so much I recommended it to every one of my Goodreads friends (the only book I have ever done this for.) I have pimped it mercilessly on Twitter. (And I may have stalked Kristen Callihan a little.) I am so glad you loved it too!!

    I had the same questions about Miranda’s powers you did and Callihan explores it more as the series continues.

    Reading your review makes me want to go back and read this book all over again! <3 <3 <3

  2. Bells says

    So happy that you enjoyed it! Cannot wait to hear what you think about Moonglow. I think Kristen Callihan’s writing is pure genius!

  3. helyce says

    I think Tori told me about this and I got it on sale on my nook. But I have to charge my nook before I can check :( Not big on historicals in any form, BUT very intrigued by the beauty and the beast theme.

  4. kamlin says

    This debut by this author was a delightful find this year.reminded me of an earlier Christine feehan gothic tale.can’t wait for her second book moonglow

  5. Lexi says

    Yay, another Callihan lover! I fell in love with Firelight, and have loved her prequel and Moonglow. What a fun series.

  6. Selena Mc says

    This is the first I’m hearing of this book. Looking forward to your review. I feel like I’m missing out!

  7. says

    I have the prequel novella and Firelight on my TBR – reading Iron Duke at the moment but this sounds so good I think it might have to be next. :)

  8. Leslie says

    I read some good reviews for Moonglow and decided to give Afterlife a try. Good to hear you enjoyed it!

  9. says

    I love the series, finished moonglow a few weeks ago and it was a nice one as well even if I prefer this one. Glad you enjoyed it as mich as I did. great review!

  10. Tina B says

    I have this one on my shelf, but have not had the chance to read it yet. I guess I better get on it. Great review, Mandi! :)

  11. says

    I just started it last night and it’s very promising. I finally had to put it down because I needed sleep!! Can’t wait to finish it. The romantic tension is sizzling….. ;)

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