Book Review: Fire with Fire


Destiny Soria

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

published: 8th June 2021
spoilers? no

Goodreads

Dani and Eden Rivera were both born to kill dragons, but the sisters couldn’t be more different. For Dani, dragon slaying takes a back seat to normal high school life, while Eden prioritizes training above everything else. Yet they both agree on one thing: it’s kill or be killed where dragons are concerned.

Until Dani comes face-to-face with one and forges a rare and magical bond with him. As she gets to know Nox, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about dragons is wrong. With Dani lost to the dragons, Eden turns to the mysterious and alluring sorcerers to help save her sister. Now on opposite sides of the conflict, the sisters will do whatever it takes to save the other. But the two are playing with magic that is more dangerous than they know, and there is another, more powerful enemy waiting for them both in the shadows.

Galley provided by publisher

Destiny Soria has pretty much established herself as my favourite (current) YA fantasy author. There’s no one else I really trust right now, or very few that I can’t name off the top of my head, to give me a book that doesn’t bore me. Fire With Fire is just further proof of that.

The book follows siblings, Dani and Eden, who are trained in dragon slaying. While Dani, the younger, isn’t exactly keen on following the family tradition, Eden has spent her whole life building up to the moment when she’s finally accepted as one. And then Dani ends up bonding with a dragon and their world won’t ever be the same.

I think what I love most about Destiny Soria’s books is the way she creates worlds that drag you in. You’ll end up reading the entire book in a single sitting because you don’t want to leave the world and, when you’re finally done, you feel just a little bit bereft. That’s been the case in each of her previous books for me, and it was also the case here.

It definitely helps also that you’ve always got a cast that you’ll love from the start. Both Dani and Eden jump off the page and, okay so I liked Eden more (older sibling solidarity), but I enjoyed reading each of their POVs just as much. Dani is more of a protagonist than Eden, though, and I think at times I wasn’t exactly eager to read her POVs because of the aforementioned latching onto Eden. There were times I wanted more from Eden than I got, especially given how her storyline went.

There was also the little thing of how Dani’s love interest is, oh, just about 300 years old. I know, I know, he looked like a 17 or 18 year old, but uh. He’s not actually, is he? Okay, so I can suspend a little bit of disbelief, but I can’t really suspend my immediate reaction to that of “oh heck no”. So. There was that.

But overall, this was a very readable and very enjoyable book. And one I would highly recommend.

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