lundi 2 juillet 2012

Firelight ( Darkest London 1) by Kristen Callihan

Hello to all,

                     July is already there even if the sun doesn't seem to follow. As you already know if it's not your first time on the blog, i've entered several challenges including one for which i i have to try a new subgenre of romance each month. For July it's steampunk romance and from the list of suggestions we received i had some books ready.

One of those i really wanted to read for a long time and Mary kindly gifted it to me as a RAK, it's a paranormal romance with a twist of historical and steampunk so perfect to start this month.  Here come the first book of the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan: "Firelight"

Publisher: Forever
Publication: 2012
ISBN:  1455508594
Genre: paranormal romance, steampunk, historical
Violence: stong

Langage: mild
sex: mild
Public: 18+
Source: received as a RAK from Mary

Short description from goodread :

 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

My opinion:

          Splendid! What a wonderful travel in the London society from 19th century with the mystical legends and myths being described in a realistic way. Secret society, sorcery mixed with the world of the high society and its endless gossips, the mix is perfect.

I loved to see how Miranda was a strong independent woman in a world where she should have been just a pawn she fought to be herself and keep her honour. Yes she did wrong and she is the most virtuous girl for the time but in a way she is really modern. She is suffering because of her father’s action and a misplaced guilt that makes her vulnerable.  She needs Archer’s love to discover that she can see her power as a gift not a curse but she is slow to offer him her trust. Kristen constructed her psyche really well. Having been rejected by the one she loved, more important that she trusted because she admitted to him being different is something striking, offensive that influence her personality. When she finally admits the truth to Archer it’s the moment when she trusts him completely without any reserve. The moment she becomes herself and stop being afraid.

Archer isn’t a hero like the others. He has a disability, one that casts him out from the society. He knows that‘s partially his fault so while trying to find a remedy he doesn’t arbour bad feeling against his long ago friend. Their rejection hurt him but he is more repulsed by the monster he could become. He doesn’t live until meeting Miranda just tries to survive. However, as soon as he discovers her, life changes. He wants her to love him; he wants to be able to be near her, to save her. She becomes his treasure and even if she perfectly knows that she isn’t defenceless he won’t confide. He will want to keep her in the dark, keeping the truth from her because he, like her, is afraid of a new rejection.  I loved to see how gradually she becomes more important than his secret, how for her he becomes social one more and even jealous of Ian.  Ian is also a great character, that I cannot hate when I knew instantly what his true nature his (my favourite supernal creature^^;;) he really wants to help but won’t admit it so  he acts arrogantly. (Typical from a frustrated alpha)

A wonderful story that I don’t regret reading at all. It could be a stand alone without problem but Kristen decided to make a series and the next book is coming soon with guess how? Yes Ian ^^ how could I resist to give it a try when the first book was so great? Fan of paranormal romance and steampunk or historical romance give it a try!

Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


This book enter in the Romance and Me Challenge

Ce livre s'intègre dans le challenge de Natasia

1 commentaire: