Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) by Jodi Meadows
Published September 12th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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.
Thank you, HarperCollins and Edelweiss, for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The setting, the world building, the characters, the dragons!!!! This book was awesome! I didn’t have any clue what I was getting into, and I am pleasantly surprised.
So we have Mira, who happens to be born the day the treaty takes into place concerning all the Fallen Isles. Having the Mira Treaty named after her, she’s been called the Hopebearer, and ultimately the face of their island Damyan and Darina, or Damina. She’s sort of like Kestrel with a tiny dash of Celaena. She’s purely aesthetic at first, but she learned to adapt and that’s what made me like her. She did not give up so easily, even when the darkness was there. We also have Mira’s loyal friends Ilina and Hristo who I wish we could get to know more. Then there are the badasses from The Pit whom I really want to know more about,
I like the plot, and how it has a lot of parallelisms to what happens IRL – especially with the Mira Treaty and how they treat people from other islands. I also love how it didn’t turn into a romance OMG. Honestly. It’s refreshing! And really amazing that we could focus more on the main plot, and Mira as she deals with everything happening to her.
I’ll say it again cause this is worth mentioning: there are dragons! Lots of them! Different species of dragons! A dragon sanctuary where dragons roam and fly around!
Overall I liked it, it was so cool and would definitely pick up a copy of the sequel when it comes out!
PS. I did find it weird tho that it had Idris AND Silent Brothers? Is the author a Shadowhunters fan? Hmmm.