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Firelight: Darkest London, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

London, 1881

Once the flames are ignited...

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman.

They will burn for eternity...

Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

©2012 Kristen Callihan (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-17-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Beauty and the Beast kind of story."

    A regency romance with a bit of paranormal tinge. I liked this story but I didn't love it. It does have a unique paranormal twist which I enjoyed, but I would have liked a bit more details on the back ground of what was happening to Archer. I really liked Miranda and her fiery spirit, but also that she realized when she was being a ninny too. My biggest problem with the book is how they keep saying how they never tell a lie and that they are straight forward, but then lie and avoid the truth with the important parts of their lives. The redeeming part is they call each other on it and eventually get past it. I also guessed who the bad guy was almost immediately and never strayed from my conclusion. I will read the next book in the series, but I will probably wait until there is a sale. The narrator was decent in the sound of her voice, but needs a little more work on the distinctiveness of each character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 10-07-13
    Readers Confession Deltona, FL, United States 10-07-13
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    "Loved the British accent"

    Firelight was highly addictive. Right from the beginning this book/audio drew me in. It made me INSTANTLY miss reading historicals. I’m picky with the historical romance books that I read since they aren’t my favorite genre but I do enjoy them. Firelight had the perfect mixture of historical with a paranormal twist, a touch of mystery and romance.

    The story is about Miranda and Archer, their tumultuous relationship. Both of them are holding back secrets from each other. Archer will not reveal what he looks like, not many people know why, but you can imagine in London 1881 there is tons of gossip about him. Miranda holds powers that only her family knows about and have no clue of it’s origin. Miranda and Archer hit it off from the start. Miranda being slightly different herself will not shun Archer like others do.

    Miranda is one tough cookie, she is not the typical meek young lady that will sit back and do as her father or husband says. She always speaks her mind and will not wait idly for anything, whenever action need to be taken SHE WILL take care of it.

    Archer is an old soul. He is dark and sexy and very far out of the norm. Like Miranda, I was falling in love with Archer throughout the book without even knowing what he looked like.
    Their love for each other build through out the book. It was serious torture witnessing the sexual chemistry that crackled between them.

    Callihan told Firelight from several point of views, although it was primarily through Archer and Miranda. Several other characters held the reins quickly but it was more so to enhance the story in my opinion not to take away from the main couple.

    I think I would have enjoyed the book a little bit more if I had more info on how or why Miranda had her powers. But, I very much liked this book and can’t wait to hear more from Kristen Callihan and this Darkest London series.

    Narrator Note: I heard some of my friends didn’t like this narration that much and was hesitant to start this one. I will say that I LOVED the narration in this audio. I’m a sucker for accents and her British accent I thought was right on. She also had very distinctive voices for each character, either male or female, boy or girl. I can’t wait to hear more of her narrations.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-21-15
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Demons, firepower and love finds a way!"

    I read a good review, several good reviews and tried it, I really, really liked it! Not only is it a historical, paranormal listen but has fantastic suspense, murder and intrigue. This listen kept the ear bud glued to me until the very end. I liked the narration and will continue on with this series.

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    Kelli 03-14-15
    Kelli 03-14-15
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    "Excellent start..was intrigued the entire time"

    This book was very good. It kept you on your seat wondering what was going on with the Archer. I've never really read a historical PNR... This was very exciting and different than your typical shifter/demon/vamp story. While this story is series there wasn't and cliffhanger or unanswered questions. Waiting for the next installment.

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    Rio Missouri 08-11-13
    Rio Missouri 08-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "PNR + Historical Romance = a new favorite series!"

    My two favorite genres in one delightful read! I really enjoyed this book and am writing this review while devouring the third installment! This series is fantastic and romantic and all the wonderful things I love in a story.

    For years Miranda has been paying for a past misdeed that has left her family destitute. Her bravery and wit in addition to her striking beauty catches the eye of Lord Archer and she is forced by her father and her circumstances to marry the mysterious, masked man.

    This story was so much fun to read. The dialogue between the main characters and the tension throughout the tale ensnared me and had me plugged in until the very end. Miranda is brave and fierce in her loyalty to Archer and I loved the evolution of their romance. Archer was gentle and kind and I adored how he immediately embraced Miranda into his life, treating her like a partner and not like a wife with wifely duties. The paranormal aspect in this tale is superb and the way Callihan writes it, you can't help but eat up the pages quickly so you can find out what happens next. There is also a great supporting cast that are in subsequent stories and are/will be strong characters in unwrapping the world Callihan created.

    This story is a must read for any paranormal romance fan and historical romance fan and if you are like me and happen to be a fan of both genres, well then the combination provides a synergistic effect.

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    Narrator: Moira Quirk
    Performance: 4/5
    Quirk does a fantastic job with the accents. The characters in the tale having a proper British and a cockney accent. I listened to this read in a 1.25x the normal setting and the pace was perfect and her tone and inflections right on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 07-08-13
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I didn't have any high expectations for this book but I was pleasantly surprised, I really liked the story and was completely sucked in. Paranormal lore creatures running into each other in the 19th century with a side of lust and passion...what's not to love? Firelight's heroine is Miranda a beautiful fiery red head with green eyes, she is the youngest sister out of three sisters, with a special secret ability. Miranda's father is ruined in the world of business and is completely broke and so her father sells her hand in marriage to Lord Archer who literally hides behind a mask because he has a dark secret of his own. The book is very mysterious and alluring, which I completely love in a story.
    This book is credit worthy in my opinion.

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    MusicHeartBeat 06-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This is the most frustrating book I ever read!!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am not sure how to rate this book the story was great but the writer just took too long to get to the point. A few times I just wanted to tear my hair out. I stopped listening few times.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get to the point !!! it was frustrating !!!


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    Catherine USA 06-13-13
    Catherine USA 06-13-13
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    "What a fantastic tale!!!"

    I was glued to this book from the word go and eventually I could not stop listening until the end. A wonderful tale of intrigue, love, lust, and the darker side. Moira Quirk is one of my all time favourite narrators who was at her usual best. The anticpation of these two getting together was excruciating and a long time coming but wonderful when they finally did. Definitely worth a credit if you are a romance junkie like me.

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-10-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-10-13
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    "Fantastic book"
    Any additional comments?

    I found this book in my library and had forgotten i had it. I have just finished listening to this amazing author and narrator. The story has everything, suspense, excitement, love, lust, danger and much more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story so much i must say it is the best book i have read for a long time. Defiantly in my top 10. So very GOOD :)

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    julie 03-22-13
    julie 03-22-13
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    "Not My Usual - But Glad I Tried"

    Wonderful story. It took a while to get into but once there I was addicted. The author did her homework with Victorian England. The story was different from the norm and displayed very proper etiquette and manners of the day. This means control and quiet to the point of being staid. Perfect Victorian behaviour where loudness and excitability were definitely frowned upon by the upper classes. The street slang was perfect and the fight with soul demon was wicked. I loved Miranda's strength and fearlessness and Archer's fight with himself. Moira Quirk was the PERFECT narrator, with culture and fitness. I got the next two even before finishing this one. I had to find out what happened to the sisters.

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  • sharon
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    8/12/12
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    "Dark undertones..."

    This début novel combines Victorian London, the paranormal & romance with dark undertones interwoven with mystery and suspense.Kristen Calihan gives a breath of fresh air to the saturated and flagging paranormal genre, I found it refreshing and it fast became my guilty pleasure over two days, instead of doing household chores I hid myself away to finish the book.
    The characters are well drawn and the chemistry between Miranda and Archer I found captivating but not in an obvious way. Archer is a damned tortured soul, whereas Miranda is determined not to be hidden away to get to the bottom of the mystery, with or without Archers help. Guaranteed read ...

    Will definately be reading book two in the series :)

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • C
    FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    9/17/12
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    "absolutely loved this!!"

    I throughly enjoyed this to the point I didn't want it to end, It had just the right balance between normality and supernatural, The characters are fantastic and I really enjoyed the relationship between Archer and Miranda, It had a nice Gothic feel to it So brilliant! I brought the follow on Moonglow and am currently listening to it.

    I cannot recommend this enough.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    leeds, United Kingdom
    6/27/14
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    "Great characters, great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Firelight the most enjoyable?

    Moria Quirk's reading was brilliant but it was the characters that really made this so much fun to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think what I loved best was that despite being a not necessarily unique plot, it was still incredibly different to everything I have ever read. It's almost in it's own genre, kind of steampunk style but without the steam technology that makes steampunk what it is. I also really loved how inventive the author was. Through the whole book you basically know nothing about anyone, she holds all the cards & tiny dribbles of information slip out & even at the end there are things you think you know that haven't been confirmed yet. Brilliant author!


    Any additional comments?

    You probably want to get headphones if you are going to listen to this because even when people aren't actually getting amorous, they are thinking about it....not that it's bad necessarily, it's classily written, but it can be a little bit awkward if you think people might overhear....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • angela
    dundee, United Kingdom
    3/20/14
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    "Dont bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Complete and utter tosh.


    What could Kristen Callihan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stopped repeating the same thing over and over, miranda looked at the box, archer looked at the box, the butler looked at the box, the box lay on the table, the box was in the palm of archers hand, oh miranda gasped at the box, get my drift, the box had a silver ribbon, oh look at the silver ribbon on the box, same same long and drawn out drivel!


    What three words best describe Moira Quirk’s performance?

    Nice pleasant voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing supernatural about this story at all. I always read reviews before buying a book and this sounded soooo good, its not, its boring!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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