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Product Details

  • Series: Darkest London (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Reissue edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455508594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455508594
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end." (Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author)

"Callihan has a great talent for sexual tension and jaw-dropping plots that weave together brilliantly in the end."—Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author

"Beauty and the Beast meets Phantom of the Opera (with hints of Carrie and an abundance of Egyptian mythology) in this gripping, intoxicating story, simmering with incendiary sensuality and featuring a heroine who risks all to save the man she loves. An exceptional debut and the first of what promises to be a compelling series."—Library Journal, starred review

"Compulsively readable...a compelling Victorian paranormal with heart and soul."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the flickering Firelight and get entangled in the first of the Dark London series. Combining Stephen King's Carrie and Beauty and the Beast, Callihan crafts a taut tale filled with sexual tension. This is one of the finest debuts of the season."—RT Book Reviews

"Evocative and deeply romantic, Firelight is a beautiful debut."—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

"A sizzling paranormal with dark history and explosive magic! Callihan is an impressive new talent."—Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author of Immortal Rider

"All this reviewer can say is WOW! The sexual tension and story suspense is so thick, it becomes tangible like the very fog of Victorian London..."—TheRomanceReadersConnection.com

"A debut novel that will knock your socks off. Excellent secondary characters and an amazing premise make FIRELIGHT a rare Perfect 10 for a debut novel."—RomRevToday.com

"A dark, delicious tale of secrets, murder, and love, beautifully shrouded in the shadows of Victorian London."—Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author of If He's Dangerous

"Inventive and adventurous with complex, witty characters and snappy writing. Callihan will make you believe in the power of destiny and true love."—Shana Abé, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Weaver

"A sexy, resplendent debut with a deliciously tortured hero, an inventive supernatural mystery, and slow-building heat that simmers on each page. I can't wait to see what Kristen Callihan comes up with next!"—Meljean Brook, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke

"A dazzling debut, sexy and thrilling. Callihan now has a place on my to-buy list."Anya Bast, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Enchantment

"Utterly phenomenal! Sword fights, magic, a heroine with secret strengths, a hero with hidden vulnerability, and best of all, a true love that's hot enough to burn the pages."—Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author of Unraveled



"A compelling and emotional pageturner that will have readers burning the midnight oil."—Anna Campbell, award-winning author of Midnight's Wild Passion

About the Author

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

More About the Author

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

Customer Reviews

I would definitely recommend this book to someone looking for a paranormal historical romance.
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It was such a beautiful, sexy, dark, mysterious, adventurous, romantic, suspenseful and intriguing book that you are going to want to pick this up.
Amber I @ AwesomeSauce
The two main characters really make the book; they are just very wonderful characters and the chemistry between them is incredibly well done.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amber I @ AwesomeSauce on February 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Firelight was such a different read. I was instantly glued to the pages and when I wasn't reading it, I was sitting there thinking about it. Archer hides behind a mask so we never really get to see him through the whole book but somehow the author had me totally swooning over him still. The romance in this book was just perfect, it was slow build but not frustrating. Archer is sort of the beast and Miranda the beauty. Archer hides his disease so we are not to sure most of the time what if wrong with him, and Miranda is obviously beautiful.

I loved being in historical London, but what really had me glued was Archer and Miranda. Both have their secrets but you see them both falling for one another throughout the book. Miranda really is Archers light in his world. You totally fall for this couple.The chemistry with them is amazing, their banter was fun, I could honestly read these 2 talking to each other all day. I can not tell you how beautiful the relationship building was. Finding out what is exactly going on with Archer was like slowly building a puzzle, it took us some time to do it but once all the pieces were together it was so worth the patience.

There are also murders happening and it looks like Archer is being set up. He keeps trying to keep Miranda out of this part of his world but she isn't one to hide. Plus she has her own secrets that will help her out.

You get a little paranormal and historical romance in this book. I don't want to go too much into the plot but I definitely think everyone should read this. It was such a beautiful, sexy, dark, mysterious, adventurous, romantic, suspenseful and intriguing book that you are going to want to pick this up. Firelight is just one of those books once you read you will be thinking about it for a while.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jen TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book doesn't fit in one simple category. It's historical... with elements of the paranormal. It's gothic, dark, dangerous and romantic. It was completely enthralling and I absolutely could not put it down.

It's been three years since the mysterious Lord Archer first met Miranda. She captivated him with her fearlessness and fiery disposition. Now he has made arrangements with her father to marry her. Miranda doesn't realize that Archer is the same man she encountered that night in the alley all those years ago. He is simply an imposing man, who wears a mask covering his entire face.

No one knows what lies beneath Archer's mask. But Miranda falls for the man underneath the disguise. And he falls for her. The love story is only the beginning, though. Archer is working tirelessly to find a cure for his disfigurement. He's part of a mysterious organization of immortality questers. Someone is gruesomely killing off his associates and framing him for the crimes. Archer is full of secrets, which are slowly revealed over the course of the book.

The slow unraveling of Archer's story is amazing. It's second only to the phenomenal love story between him and Miranda. Kristen Callihan takes sexual tension to an entirely new level. I have never hungered for a single kiss between two characters as much as I did in this book. Every tiny piece of Archer that is unveiled was like a small victory. Every touch, every emotional connection between him and Miranda was a gift for my greedy eyes. And believe me, I felt greedy... for every crumb. In most books, I would frustrated or annoyed at how long it took for the couple to get together, but here, it's done so well, it's like magic.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By erin on February 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Absolutely fantastic. I am absolutely stunned by this book. I am shocked that this is Ms. Callihan's debut because it read like it was written by a seasoned author. I raced through this book. I was absolutely spellbound and hooked by this book. I loved Miranda and Ben and their chemistry leapt off the pages. Their exchanges were witty and poignant and romantic and when they finally confessed their love, I was all atwitter. I *loved* this Beauty and the Beast retelling. The twists and turns were so original and believable. I *fell* into this world and I didn't want to leave. *This* is what I want whenever I pick up a book. Real Characters, believable tropes, world building so believable I feel like I'm *watching* not reading and a romance that I desperately want to have an HEA.

*exhales* I feel like I've raced up a mountain only to find treasure and a gorgeous guy in a kilt waiting to feed me grapes and champagne.

This is the type of book that I will be raving about to all my friends and family. I will make them read this book. I will tell random strangers and any one who will listen to read this book. It was that good. Really.... REALLY!!!!

I can't wait for the next book by this author. I've gone to Amazon and pre-ordered. And...I...CANT...WAIT....

Thank you Ms. Callihan for such a wonderful, wonderful book.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By somethingsweet on April 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel unfortunately managed to encompass most of the things I really hate in a romance novel. *Some spoilers below.*
1. Heroine with Unexplained Awesome Magical Superpower. In addition to being incredibly beautiful AND some kind of master swords-woman AND connections to/friends on the streets, our heroine also harnesses the power of fire... in a world where people don't have superpowers. Random superpower. And THEN, she doesn't even use it for cool things! She wants to be normal. Mostly she only has this superpower so she can save the hero at the end. The End.
2. The hero and heroine lie to each other right through the end of the book. It's a little bit to protect each other, but mostly to protect themselves. They get around to physical intimacy but never really emotional intimacy.
3. This isn't really a most-hated for me, but just to mention - the world-building is also very shallow. Alley, alley, ballroom, alley, cave. Fog.
Overall, it managed to push most of my annoyance buttons, and really didn't have much subtlety to it.
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