Any book that has dragons in it usually makes me curious and Before She Ignites defintiely caught my attention. Then I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for Briony’s birthday and I chose this book as a prize.
Before She Ignites by Jodie Meadows
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.
This book was interesting. I think that’s the best way to describe it. The first few chapters were messy and almost put me off reading it. But I was intrigued by Mira’s panic attacks and her counting as a coping method (this is not a spoiler, as you know I try to keep my reviews spoiler free). Also, there are dragons here (and sadly I think there isn’t enough of them in this book).
However it was interesting to see Mira grow through the whole book and shed a lot of what she “was” for who she is.
I really liked Aaru, probably the reason I kept reading at first. And he doesn’t disappoint as a character. He is definitely my favourite one of them all.
There seem to be a lot of layers to this story and sadly we miss out on most of them because this has to be a trilogy (or a series or whatever it is) instead of a long book. I can kind of see where the story is going, so it isn’t a very surprising plot, but it kept me going.
I think the summary would be that it has good characters (even if Mira isn’t probably the best one out of them), and it touches on interesting topics like panic attacks and a few other things which was refreshing.
Books with dragons! Also, if you have suffered a panic attack or are curious about them, this is an interesting depiction of it. But I’d also recommend The Last Namsara and all the recommendations done in that post. Here be dragons indeed.
If you’d like to buy this book, you can find it here.
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