Series: Firelight #2
Published by Harper Teen on 9/6/2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
An impossible romance.\r\nBitter rivalries.\r\nDeadly choices.
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?
Such a great follow-up to Firelight, Vanish kept me on the edge of my seat.
Jacinda, Tamra and their mother have been dragged back to the pride by Cassian. Maybe dragged isn’t the word, but they don’t go willingly. Tamra is not what she thought she was; now she’s possibly more valuable than Jacinda. Cassian is still determined to have Jacinda, and Jacinda, who thought she knew her own heart, now doesn’t know what to do. Oh the delicious teenaged angst!
So the alpha of the Pride is pissed at Jacinda for leaving, and then endangering the pride by showing herself to humans, and hunters at that! (Like she had a choice, get off your high horse, kind sir!). Cassian wants to help her but he also knows Tamra is now a worthy mate with her newfound ability. Cassian has options. Tamra is no longer the black sheep of the pride now that she’s manifested. Jacinda is lost; used to being the pride’s golden girl, she’s now second to her sister, and in trouble, too.
Interesting contrasts between the two novels: In Firelight, Jacinda doesn’t want to leave the pride, and feels safe and accepted there. In Vanish, she would do anything to leave the pride, because she no longer feels safe and accepted there, but does feel safe and accepted by Will, her human love.
There is more action in Vanish than in Firelight. As Jacinda decides she is going to leave forever, after the pride has decided her fate and broken her heart, Cassian’s sister stalks her until they are captured and taken. Thus begins an entire whirlwind of action in the story, that thrusts characters who don’t like each other together, for the sake of his sister and that of the pride.
The world-building is great. Jordan is detailed in the descriptions of the pride village, right down to how the streets are set up, the lush landscape and the draki who inhabit it. It’s characters are also infused with a passion that is contagious to the reader; I certainly felt like I couldn’t read it fast enough!
This is a fabulous series that strikes at the imagination and I can’t wait to read the next one.
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