Firelight by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Revisit Review}

Posted 30 January, 2013 by Amanda / 22 Comments

Firelight by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Revisit Review}Firelight {Amanda} by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #1
Also in this series: Firelight {Kelly}, Moonglow {Kelly}, Moonglow {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Amanda}, Winterblaze {Kelly}, Shadowdance {Amanda}, Shadowdance {Kelly}, Evernight, Soulbound, Soulbound
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Once the flames are ignited . . .

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family’s fortune decimated and forced her to wed London’s most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity . . .

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it’s selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can’t help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn’t felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

So. Here’s the deal: Kelly has already reviewed this book on this blog. I am posting another review for three reasons:

  1. I need the reviews.
  2. I want to remind people that reviews DO sell books. (I wouldn’t have picked this book up if it weren’t for Kelly’s review.)
  3. I figured we could have some fun with this and see how alike Kelly and I really are. For the record, before writing my own review, I had not read Kelly’s review since it was originally posted in October 2012. I wrote my review, then went back to read Kelly’s. Then I picked out some sentences in Kelly’s review to add to mine.

Compelling look at Callihan’s 1881 London


My Thoughts on Firelight

Everyone knows by now my need to KNOW EVERYTHING, right? I fondly refer to myself as an information whore. Sometimes this works against my enjoyment of books when I don’t get enough information to satisfy my curiosity. Sometimes it has the opposite effect; I have to keep reading because I must know more. Firelight falls under the latter category. This book was so addicting, as Kristen Callihan managed to keep me guessing about everything that was going on, while still keeping me engaged and reading.

“A very big part of the allure was trying to figure out what had happened to Archer, what sort of supernatural critter he was and what sort of supernatural ability this translated to.”
Kelly’s review

And not only was I continually guessing about ALL THE THINGS in this book, Archer’s secrets were always just out of reach. The final reveal was one I was not expecting–but at the same time, it fully kept in line with all the hints that had been dropped along the way. And not only that, but it provides a unique element in the paranormal world. (No, I won’t tell you what. You’ll have to read it for yourself.) We get a brief glimpse at the world Kristen Callihan  has built in 1881 London, and I think that the next book(s) will only continue to expand our knowledge of the world. And, I must say, I want to know MOAR.

“I am absolutely intrigued by the world building and what the future holds for this series. More, I say. MOAR!”
Kelly’s review

Though the romance between Archer and Miranda doesn’t really break any new grounds, it was familiar and comfortable, like putting on your pajamas and snuggling into bed on a cold day. Their push and pull was fun and entertaining. Nothing makes me happier than a romance with a headstrong heroine and the enigmatic hero who can’t help falling in love with her. WIN. Firelight was one of those books that just hits all the right spots. And I can’t wait for more.

[Firelight] was dark, gritty, mysterious, and full of fun.
Kelly’s review

My thoughts most definitely align with Kelly’s on this one. (And, in some cases, disturbingly so. We share a brain, y’all.) But, I loved this one and am very glad that I picked it up after Kelly’s review. Moonglow is already on my wishlist. If your reading tastes at all overlap with mine and Kelly’s, you’ll want to pick this one up.





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22 Responses to “Firelight by Kristen Callihan {Amanda’s Revisit Review}”

  1. Ahahahaha! Kelly and your twin brains AMUSE ME.

    I loved this book SO MUCH. I went into expecting an… Ordinarily good? PNR/historical and I expected it to be fun and silly like Gail Carriger’s Soulless, and I was surprised with what I got! And and and… YES! LOVE! MOAAAAR! <3

    • No lie, Sarah. If you look at Kelly’s ToT update and mine on Facebook, they are practically IDENTICAL and WE DIDN’T EVEN DO IT ON PURPOSE. Seriously, it’s scary.

      I can’t wait for Moonlight!

  2. Reviews definitely sell–I picked up Firelight after seeing some great reviews (I think Kelly’s was one of them). LOVED it! I was guessing and practically begging to find out what their “powers” were and what all was going on!

  3. I agree with you about reviews. I really enjoy yours. Thanks for this review post, it was quite enjoyable to see the similarities between yours and Kelly’s reviews (I did not read hers so it was fun to see).

    Paul R. Hewlett

  4. Yay! Does this mean you’ve decided to take a little time off and not write any reviews for a little while? GO YOU! Also, I love that you and Kelly practically share a brain, it’s so much fun to find someone like that who just gets you. The two of you just make me happy:)

  5. I love this review. I really do. It’s so fun to see how alike we are. I mean *I* know how alike we are (accidentally identical FB posts, anyone?) but to see it laid out like this just makes me giggle.

    Also, I’m a little humbled by how many people bought this book after my original review. *fans self* *looks for fainting couch* It’s a really awesome thing to hear.

    • *tackle hugs* This was fun. I think I might have to do this more. Maybe even ANY review of a book read specifically because someone’s review made me read the book.

      AND YES. That is awesome. YOU ARE AWESOME.

  6. I like how this one keeps you guessing. That isn’t very hard for me, but I like it when there’s multiple possibilities, or ones you cannot even imagine.

  7. I have had this one on my shelf ever since some Goodreads girls recommended it to me. I shall have to dust it off and actually start reading it lol

    Thanks for the great review! Glad you enjoyed it. :)