Review: Firelight by Kristen Callihan

Posted February 3, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

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Review: Firelight by Kristen Callihan
by Kristen Callihan

4 Stars


Released: January 31, 2012
Series: Darkest London #1
Published by Forever
Pages: 372
Format: eARC

Debut author Kristen Callihan makes quite a statement with her first book in the Darkest London series entitled FIRELIGHT. A mixture of historical and paranormal romance, readers will be delighted by this dark, gritty world that blends fantasy elements in seamlessly.

We are introduced to Miranda Ellis, a woman who possesses a rare gift. The beginning of this book starts off well, enticing readers into a world that is both dark and intriguing. Callihan’s writing pulls you in, sketching out scenes that seem more like a movie with its great descriptions.

This story bears some resemblance to Beauty and the Beast as Miranda is simply too beautiful to be with a damaged man like Archer. The match is unlikely. But Miranda soon finds out that being married to Archer isn’t as bad as everyone thought. When Archer is accused of being the murderer of a series of assassinations, Miranda soon finds out more about the man behind the mask.

I enjoyed this book immensely, but it wasn’t until 30% in that I felt the author brought flesh to her characters. It was in this pivotal scene with Lord Archer that changed the way I saw him:

“You are no coward. You are so very brave –“
“Everyone promises to stand by me –“ His jaw clenched, pain flashing in his eyes. “Always in the beginning, But none of them do.” He swallowed hard, arranging his expression into dispassion with force of will. “I cannot risk with you. Not you. None of the pretty words your sweet mouth weaves will change that so please don’t try.”

This scene is the first we see of the real Archer, the man who desperately hides his scars away from the world. I knew that from this point on in the story that everything would change.

He is such a complex character and getting to know him made this story an easy one to devour. Add in the fantasy elements and the historical setting and you have a unique debut that looks promising.


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About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80’s, which means she's worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband, and a dog — the fish can fend for themselves.


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Firelight has me intrigued!!!!


wow I have a feeling my wish list is going to explode this month. This sounds like a good story. Like the beauty and the beast theme.

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Give it a shot, Timitra!

LOL, I think that may be the case with all of us, Shelly! My pile is a mountain now.



I’ve been lookin at this one, curious. Sounds like a good read.

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Sophia Rose

I already had this one on my wish list. I love Beauty and the Beast style stories.

Thanks for the review!

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