Before She Ignites
Release date: September 12th 2017
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland. But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect. No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.
I love Jodi Meadows so I was really excited to see a new book by her coming out. And this one involved dragons! I really liked the world Jodi Meadows created and can’t wait to see more of it in the second book. I also very much enjoyed reading about Mira and all the people surrounding her. It was a very strong cast of characters and it was fun to read.
Mira was a very interesting character. She had anxiety and her struggle with it was very relatable. With always being told her looks were her best asset, it was great to see Mira finding herself and her voice through the book. I really enjoyed her whole journey through her growth arc. And the dynamics between her and the supporting cast were so amazing that I could have read about them all just hanging out together.
The setting was another thing that was great. Dark and a little scary but perfect to set up the whole story. It was broken up by flashbacks. These flashbacks worked well within the story and didn’t interrupt the flow of the narrative, which was great.
Dragons! There were dragons in this book and not just some passing-by mentions. They were heavily important to the story and it was great. I’m very excited that this is a trilogy because I can’t wait to see where Jodi Meadows takes us all.
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.