Fire with Fire is a book I’ve had on my TBR forever. As a fan of Soria’s since Beneath the Citadel, this one has been on my TBR. And then June came and went and now it’s the fall….Yep. But I am so glad I ended up getting to it during Latinx Heritage Month because this one is fabulous. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
TW: panic attacks
Fire with Fire is a book about sisters, dragons and sorcerers plus it features a queer main character. What more could you want?? This urban fantasy combines a magic system committed to wiping out dragons and a main character who’s sudden bond with a dragon calls into question everything she’s ever known. It’s about having the bravery to take the first step. To question the things you always took as facts.
Not only did I love this story, this delving into how you unlearn all your prejudices and instincts, I adored the family/sister element. Dani and Eden’s sister relationship is full of tension, love, and resentment. It’s full of guilt, miscommunications, and loyalty. I adored watching it unfold, especially as Fire with Fire presents us both sister’s feelings. We see Eden’s desire for validation, for power, and for her work to matter. All while also seeing Dani’s love for her family and how different from her family she feels.
If you love the ideas of dragon hunting and sorcerers, Fire with Fire is for you. It asks questions about the forces of authority we trust, the information we do not question. At the same time, if you like the idea of characters who are delving into who they are as people and as sisters, then you have to pick up Fire with Fire. It’s easy to get lost in the action, the battle scenes, but it’s also impossible not to fall into the emotional soul searching both Eden and Dani undergo. When you think you’re doing the right thing for the ones you love, but it’s not enough.
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