Series: Firelight #3
Published by Harper Teen on 9/11/2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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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.\r\n\r\nThe 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....\r\n\r\nLoyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.
I am going to cut right to the chase here and tell you I was a little disappointed in Hidden, the last novel in the Firelight trilogy by Sophie Jordan. While the story was exciting and I didn’t want to put it down, at the same time… some things didn’t make sense, and I felt like it wrapped up too neatly.
I was really excited for Hidden, and maybe that’s a part of my problem, because I’m noticing that I’m going into these “last in the trilogy” books with high expectations, like epic battle scenes and messy finales. I sometimes really like a HEA and neat ending in books, like I did in the Unearthly series, because it was also a love story.
Now, I know Hidden is a love story, too, but unlike the Unearthly books, Hidden is really about the Draki politics and how they manage to exist with humans. I really felt throughout the three novels that Jacinda’s relationship with Will was secondary, even though it was central to the problems in the story.What I really loved throughout the Firelight books was the tug and pull of the Pride to Jacinda, and later, to Tamra, while they struggled to reconcile the sacrifices (aka freedom) they have to make to live a safe life within the pride.
I also really liked how Cassian stepped up to the plate and was a real man, unlike Will, whom I felt kind of complained a lot about their circumstances, before he also stepped up. I was totally Team Cassian. I don’t like complainers, I do enough of that by myself. Like right now.
Here are a few things that bothered me:
Jacinda felt wishy-washy. She was no longer the strong character I liked in the beginning, which, let me rant on that for a minute: in book one, she doesn’t want to leave the pride, but in book two, she doesn’t want to go back, now in book three, she wants to eat her cake and have it, too. Uh, no.
When they leave Cassian behind with the Enkros, she can no longer feel him and assumes he is dead. This is because he is put out with a tranquilizer. So why is it she can’t feel him when he and the gray Draki fly up on them later on, after having broken out themselves? There bond had not been severed.
The gray Draki they discover in the Enkros is given a name (which escapes me at this time), and we find out what he is capable of, but that’s about it. He is not explored much further, other than a brief bit of his history. He felt like a convenient plot device for their escape.
We never really find out if the Enkros are defeated. I’m not sure if Jordan left this open-ended on purpose for a spin-off series or what.
The ending felt flat. Even though I liked it, it still felt…unresolved. I want to know what happened next, dammit!
That’s not to say Hidden wasn’t awesome. Because it was a really good book. Page-turner, exciting, lots of action, you name it. I love Sophie Jordan’s writing, although now I feel like I need to explore her romance titles. I just felt a little let down compared to the other two, and I can definitely say it isn’t my favorite because it felt rushed. But overall, worth finishing the series, for sure.
This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated for my opinion with money or other goods, other than the gift of this book.