BEFORE SHE IGNITES is absolutely a game changer in the fantasy genre. I have never before seen mental health as such a focus in a fantasy novel, and it was so refreshing and inspirational. This book is a wonderful demonstration of the fact that there is more than one way to be strong female character. Plus, there are DRAGONS in this book!
About the Book
Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Pub. Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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.
I paired Before She Ignites with this Dragon’s Tears Blueberry Wine. The flavor of this wine is almost as unique and special as this phenomenal novel, while the name “Dragon’s Tears” hints at the internal battle Mira must face all while trying to uncover some dark truths about her home.
*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*
Before She Ignites is absolutely a game changer in the fantasy genre. I have never before seen mental health as such a focus in a fantasy novel, and it was so refreshing and inspirational. This book is a wonderful demonstration of the fact that there is more than one way to be strong female character. Plus, there are DRAGONS in this book!
It’s been wonderful to see so many contemporary novels focusing on mental health recently, but this is the first time I’ve seen it focused on to this degree in a fantasy novel. Mira’s struggle with severe anxiety is so important for readers of this genre to see, and I hope to see much more of it in fantasy novels in the future.
As readers, we have been talking a lot about strong female characters over the past years, and I think it’s absolutely crucial to recognize that strength is not limited only to being a kickass character. In this novel, Mira truly demonstrates the degree of mental strength it requires to cope with a severe anxiety condition.
The setting in this novel is also quite stunning. I loved the Fallen Isles and thought they made for a beautiful backdrop, and I also felt that the political corruption and machinations added a really fascinating element to the story that I can’t wait to see more of in the next book.
The story itself was captivating. I loved the pacing and the way Meadows brilliantly blends the past and present timelines. The conclusion of the story was gripping and has me absolutely itching to get my hands on the next book.
The supporting cast of characters is also fantastic, and there are hints of a sweet romance blossoming that I found absolutely charming.
This is definitely one of my favorite fantasy novels of the year. It is original and important, and I definitely cannot recommend this book highly enough.
About the Author
From Jodi’s Website
Jodi Meadows wants to be a ferret when she grows up and she has no self-control when it comes to yarn, ink, or outer space. Still, she manages to write books. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy, the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology, and the FALLEN ISLES Trilogy (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com
Will you be reading Before She Ignites when it hits shelves next month? Have you ever read a fantasy novel that really focuses on mental health before?