Review Rewind: Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan

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Review Rewind: Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen CallihanFirelight by Kristen Callihan
on February 1st 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Urban
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London, 1881

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.

Steffi’s Review

4.5 Stars! 

Firelight enthralled me; it gripped me tight and wouldn’t let me go. The mystery and magic and sensuality of this book are so fascinating and kept me reading long into the night.

We meet the lead characters, Miranda and Archer, for the first time in 1878. Directly, we know that Miranda is not an average girl just waiting for the right suitor to knock on her door. She is a strong-willed, talented and beautiful young woman who can very well take care of herself. Three years later, Miranda is forced to marry a man she has never met before, or so she thinks. It turns out that Archer never managed to get Miranda out of his head and when he sees a way to make her his, he doesn’t hesitate. The mystery around Archer is the central theme of the novel and it is definitely always in the center. Lord Benjamin Archer wears a full-face mask and until later in the book, Miranda doesn’t even know what he looks like. But Miranda harbors some secrets herself. The paranormal world is always there but it is kept in the background.

When I read about Archer’s mask, I was sure that I could tell what was going to happen down to every single detail. Nothing turns out like I first thought and I loved how this book surprised me at every corner. Miri and Archer’s relationship must not be forgotten of course. Archer is a very strong man but his one vulnerability is Miri. For three years, she has had a place in his heart and now she is finally his wife. Still, he fears judgment and rejection from her, when she sees him without the mask for the first time. I loved how Miri manages to make Archer feel beautiful and loved again and how she draws him out of his self-inflicted reclusion.

This book has something for everyone, a little of the paranormal, a lot of romance and a bit of suspense. It is original, funny, exciting, mysterious and romantic. I cannot wait for the second book in the series, Moonglow. Miranda’s sister is the heroine and she is already hilarious in Firelight. I’m excited to find out more about her! Firelight comes with high recommendations from me. I really hope that more people will give this a try even if the blurb doesn’t attract them outright. It is more than worth it!!


*Originally posted on 2/5/12*

About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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