Before She Ignites by Jodi MeadowsBefore She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Before She Ignites

byJodi Meadows

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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“A fully realized fantasy world complete with dragons, treachery, and flawed characters discovering their courage. I couldn’t put it down!” —C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane comes a smoldering new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kristin Cashore about a girl condemned for defending dragons and the inner fire that may be her only chance of escape.

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites. 

Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the Incarnate trilogy, the Orphan Queen duology, and the Fallen Isles trilogy, as well as a coauthor of My Lady Jane. Visit her at
Title:Before She IgnitesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.49 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062469401

ISBN - 13:9780062469403


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Character Growth This was a great story filled with emotion and human endurance. It was a looong book that focused more on character development than a traditional plot, but I'm not about to complain about that. I really liked the world building and the twists that the story offered. Most of the book revolved around Mira, a young woman torn from grace and trapped in a wretched prison. She's a deeply flawed heroine, mentally and emotionally, and it's been a while since I've read a book where the "damsel in distress" was the main character. I liked her a lot, understanding that she was completely unprepared for being alone and literally trapped in a prison of darkness. At times, her constant sabotaging was hard to read through, and I wished she would be a little stronger. But the ending chapter definitely made up for all my well placed hopes. I'm actually really excited for the openings the ending provides. The relationships are fantastic and I have plenty of questions regarding the magic of the world. A great story with a very flawed heroine who I can sympathize with and ultimately cheer for. Check it out!
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Masterpiece In a nutshell, why you HAVE to read this book: 1) DRAGONS. (Flying, fire breathing, fluffy, BEST MYTHICAL CREATURES EVER - dragons) 2) Main character suffers from Panic attacks (MENTAL HEALTH IN YA FANTASY. FINALLY) 3) MAGIC AND DRAGON TRAFFICKING AND WAR AND FINDING YOURSELF AND FRIENDSHIP. You’ll have to forgive me if most of my review is filled with capital letters because I just finished this book a few hours ago and everything – EVERYTHING, I TELL YOU (but especially the dragons) – about this book made me SO HAPPY. I missed Jodi Meadows’ writing and her way to twist the very world she introduced to you and EVERYTHING. And now I’m gushing, and sad it’s over and waiting desperately for book two. YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIVES. Let’s break it down: WRITING: Jodi Meadows’ writing has always taken me by a storm. It’s simple and sophisticated and totally eliminated that time you take to get used to a fantasy world, and allows you to simply slip in and out seamlessly. I loved how Mina was scared and made mistakes but she was pure of heart and her character came alive with the writing. IDEA: Let’s be honest – in a book with dragons, HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG? This book incorporates a main characters with mental health problems, in love with dragons even though she shouldn’t be and her growth as she learns about the real world locked in a prison underground. It was a gorgeous idea, and written really well and DID I SAY THERE ARFE DRAGONS? WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED? PLOT: While the idea and writing were really good, I feel like the plot could have been better? The book kept switching from past to present and not in a uniform way which slightly shook me. For a majority of this book, Mina is locked in a dark cell. Everything is done SO SO WELL – from the madness that ensures when she’s locked, the starvation and thirst and the need for human contact and communication and the lists in her head and her hallucinations. Jodi managed to capture the intensity of being a prisoner in harsh conditions very well. I can’t shake the feeling that BSI could have had a LITTLE less time in the prison and a LITTLE MORE out there in the real world, actually advancing the plot. I understand why all of it was essential to her character development but I wish a little more happened as well. CHARACTERS: The character of Mira Minkoba was BEAUTIFULLY brought out. The peace treaty between the islands was written with her as the ‘Hopebearer’ and all her life she’s been a pretty doll for the ruling council until she speaks up and gets thrown into a prison for life. She suffers from panic attacks, her self-image is in shambles and she’s never had to survive on her own until the prison, and how she grows (slowly but surely) was an amazing journey to witness. ALSO, SHE LOVES DRAGONS AND I LOVE HER. I loved her best friends as well – every good book needs good best friends and she had friends that would risk their lives for her. Mina’s prison cell mates and the evil guards were also done really well. Her relationship with Aaru was one of the highlights of this book – I loved their method of communication, how they bonded and the powers of theirs that we got hints of. I’m very excited to see how everything goes in book two. CONCLUSION: I LOVED THIS BOOK. It had dragons and mental health and friendship and love and politics and conspiracy and YOU NEED THIS. Another masterpiece from a Queen of Fantasy. 4.5 stars.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping Story About Trust & Betrayal Mira Minkoba is a teenage girl living on Damina, one of the six island nations of the Fallen Isles. She has a sheltered life as the cherished Hopebearer of her people. Her father is the creator of the Mira Treaty that unites the islands against threats from the mainland, but not everyone is approving of it. After uncovering a treacherous and mysterious secret, Mira is taken to the Pit, the deepest prison in the Isles, to await an unknown fate. Mira is a flawed, but admirable heroine. Taught to rely on her looks and raised to be perfect, she privately suffers acute panic attacks. She uses her obsessive counting habit to calm her anxiety. Beautiful and empathetic, she represents hope to others, but needs to develop the confidence to trust and rely on herself. She's been protected and cared for her whole life, but after her imprisonment must find the inner strength she needs to survive her perilous situation. The development of her character is realistic and inspiring. The author pays exceptional attention to detail in every aspect of her world - from the histories, cultures and politics of the people, to the individual isles and their attributes. Damina is depicted as a peaceful place with its scents, sights and sounds. The Heart of the Great Warrior is a magnificent, holy temple of the Khulani people and a huge underground training complex for warriors. It also contains the Pit, with horrific living conditions for its prisoners. The drakarium or sanctuary, with an enormous wall 17 stories high, is impressive. The descriptions of the various species of dragons, their colours, sizes and how they communicate, is fascinating. Meadows wrote a gripping story that I found mesmerising. It is about trust, betrayal and standing up for what you believe in. With its complex protagonist, diverse collection of characters, political intrigue and array of fantastic dragons, I absolutely adored Before She Ignites. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next instalment of the series.
Date published: 2017-09-12

Editorial Reviews

“Complex world-building and luminous storytelling. Mira will sear a mark on your heart long after the final page is consumed.”