Release Day Review: Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan

September 11, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★

Hidden

(Firelight, #3)
by Sophie Jordan

Genre: Paranrmal YA | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 11, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0061935123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061935121

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing. Mild sensuality.

Description

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the “prince” of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian’s sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there’s no guarantee they’ll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning….

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy.

Review

With HIDDEN, Sophie Jordan’s romantic and exhilarating Firelight trilogy comes to an end.  As one of the few YA series that has a dragon shifter protagonist, this series has set the standard for any that follow in its path.  The mythology and Pride politics play a huge supporting role for the central romance and provide ongoing tension as fire Draki Jacinda struggles to find freedom, answers, and discern her own hearts true desires.

Picking up immediately after the events in VANISH, Jacinda moves ahead with her plan to infiltrate the Enkros headquarters.  The chapters she spends as a prisoner were by far my favorite part of the book.  So much of this series has been driven by the  fear of the Enkros and their hunting of the Draki.  It was beyond satisfying to see how deserving the Enkros reputation was.  The new Draki that Jacinda meets and the interactions she has with the human hunters was fantastic.  Scary on one hand and pitiful on the other as she learned what the Enkros had been doing to her kind for years.  It really set the stage for the long awaited battle between these two groups.

My only real complaint with HIDDEN was that Will lost a little of his appeal for me as he was often portrayed as needy and overly sensitive.  It was a marked contrast to Cassian’s stoicism and the quiet strength from newcomer Deghan.  I had to remember  how he was in the previous books or I might have been tempted to want Jacinda to move on.  I actually would have loved for Jacinda to share POV with her sister Tamara in HIDDEN, as the romance I was most interested in this time was hers.  Based on the scenes Jacinda observes between Tamara and her love interest, it’s a story well deserving of it’s own page time….maybe a spinoff could be in the works?

After three books, numerous characters and plotlines, HIDDEN brings them all together in a satisfying and surprising conclusion.  We learn what the future holds for all the main characters–and several are rather shocking–as well as finding answers to some of the mysteries Jacinda has been searching for throughout the series.  As a complete story arc, the Firelight trilogy is a must read for paranrmal YA fans.  Hopefully, Sophie Jordan will give us more draki stories in the future.

Titles in Series

  1. Firelight – 4/5
  2. Vanish – 3/5
  3. Hidden


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