ARC Review: Bound by Firelight by Dana Swift

Thank you so much to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Bound by Firelight! This is the second book in The Wickery series and I read book one (Cast in Firelight) last year and I loved it, so I was super excited to read this one. Bound in Firelight came out on January 18, so make sure y’all go out and grab it now!

Bound in Firelight 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

After a magical eruption devastates the kingdom of Belwar, royal heir Adraa is falsely accused of masterminding the destruction and forced to stand trial in front of her people, who see her as a monster. Adraa’s punishment? Imprisonment in the Dome, an impenetrable, magic-infused fortress filled with Belwar’s nastiest criminals—many of whom Adraa put there herself. And they want her to pay.

Jatin, the royal heir to Naupure, has been Adraa’s betrothed, nemesis, and fellow masked vigilante… but now he’s just a boy waiting to ask her the biggest question of their lives. First, though, he’s going to have to do the impossible: break Adraa out of the Dome. And he won’t be able to do it without help from the unlikeliest of sources—a girl from his past with a secret that could put them all at risk.

Time is running out, and the horrors Adraa faces in the Dome are second only to the plot to destabilize and destroy their kingdoms. But Adraa and Jatin have saved the world once already… Now, can they save themselves?

The heart-pounding sequel to Cast in Firelight, perfect for fans of epic, sweepingly romantic fantasy by Sabaa Tahir, Susan Dennard, and Mary E. Pearson.

First off, let’s talk about how beautiful this cover is! I love all of the colors and Adraa and Jatin look so good. Speaking of Adraa and Jatin, I was so excited to get back into their world. I really liked them in book one, so seeing them again in book two and getting a nice dual point of view where the two of them were doing very different things was so great. I really, really liked where the story took us and how much got wrapped up while still leaving enough open in case there is a third book (and in terms of a third book, I heard a rumor that if books one and two do well enough, Dana Swift is going to be able to write book three, so let’s make sure that books one and two do really well). There was a twist at the end of the book that I definitely didn’t see coming and I thought that Dana swift did that so incredibly well! I also really liked that we got to know some of the side characters from book one better and we got to know some new characters and some of the other kingdoms better too. I love getting to know this world. Overall, Bound by Firelight was a fun read with the perfect amount of fantasy and great camaraderie between characters! Definitely go out and grab it today!

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