Firelight by Kristen CallihanFirelight by Kristen Callihan


byKristen Callihan

Mass Market Paperback | February 1, 2012

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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.
USA Todaybestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers' Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews fromPublishers WeeklyandLibrary Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book,Fi...
Title:FirelightFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7 × 4.25 × 1.25 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1455508594

ISBN - 13:9781455508594


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reader Very entertaining. A good mix of old and new
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent historical paranormal romance Full review at The story is set in Victorian London, but I feel comfortable including FIRELIGHT here at Urban Fantasy Land, because of the monsters, mystery and action. The story is, however, historical paranormal romance. Kristen Callihan's FIRELIGHT is about a young woman with the unusual ability to spontaneously produce fire who meets a man who must wear a mask to hide the damage he suffered in an accident, set in Victorian London. A fire-and-ice, beauty-and-the-beast, love-hate relationship ensues. Miranda Ellis is a firestarter. She is an otherwise perfectly normal young woman-- she just has this ability to spontaneously light fires. We never do find out how she acquired this ability, nor are we shown how she conjures it, leaving a large void in the world-building. That aside, Miranda and Archer engage in some witty banter, and if there's one thing Callihan does really, really well, it's subtext around the dialogue. Also, Callihan includes a fantastic running gag throughout the novel. I had to rate this one a B because of the world-building problems, but I heartily look forward to the next in the series.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fun! (In the event the Chapters-Indigo website elects to delete my rating, I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars/leaves.) I enjoyed this one. It was a fun, successful melding of the historical romance and urban fantasy genres. Good points: The world building was quite original and had elements which differentiated it from most other books I've read -I really liked the melding of these two genres. Both main characters were full-fledged characters with both qualities and faults. One thing I particularly enjoyed about this novel was that the characters truly fell in love with one another: there was none of the silly 'insta-love' which plagues many a romance novel. Rather, the two main characters were shown to have many fundamental similarities of character and were also shown to become one another's solace and strength. They had secrets which they feared revealing to each other but which did eventually come out, yet they overcame these hurdles and learned to depend on one another and were *shown* to achieve a true closeness and caring. IMHO, this is one book in which the romance was done *well* and which was *truly* romantic. I also really liked the origins of Archer's (i.e. main male character) curse (i.e. the author did a great job of showing us that this was a consequence of his personal history and of his personality). Bad points/constructive criticism: I have very little to say here. I might have liked to have been *shown* a bit more about Miranda's history (i.e. the little we do know is told to the reader). This is a very minor point however and is at least partly a personal preference as this novel was very well done. All in all I highly recommend this one. 4.5 stars!! Other novels I recommend: -Transformation, by Carol Berg -Once burned, by Jeaniene Frost -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Lord of the Fading Lands, by CL Wilson
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Loved this book! I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great read. The characters are real and their love story grew gradually as the novel progressed so it was believable. First, you think it is just a Historical Romance but then it turns into something more paranormal that leaves you at the end of your seat wanting to know what will happen next! It was just as endearing as it was intense!Please read this, you won't be disappointed!!
Date published: 2012-04-24

Editorial Reviews

"A compelling and emotional pageturner that will have readers burning the midnight oil."-Anna Campbell, award-winning author of Midnight's Wild Passion