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Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people. Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who's mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child. Together, their arranged marriage will unite t Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people. Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who's mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child. Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery's most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet. Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross...and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead. Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery's fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it's complicated and bound for greatness or destruction. The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.


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Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people. Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who's mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child. Together, their arranged marriage will unite t Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people. Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who's mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child. Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery's most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet. Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross...and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead. Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery's fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it's complicated and bound for greatness or destruction. The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.

30 review for Cast in Firelight

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    okay. wow. i didnt not expect to be so obsessed with this. i kept getting upset each time i had to put the book down because i was having so much fun! there is so much to love and enjoy about this: the indian-inspired culture and world-building, the different gods and magical powers (sort of a greek mythology meets avatar vibe), an absolutely adorable hidden identities romance, all within a really engaging and entertaining plot! i also love that this doesnt really end on a cliffhanger. the story okay. wow. i didnt not expect to be so obsessed with this. i kept getting upset each time i had to put the book down because i was having so much fun! there is so much to love and enjoy about this: the indian-inspired culture and world-building, the different gods and magical powers (sort of a greek mythology meets avatar vibe), an absolutely adorable hidden identities romance, all within a really engaging and entertaining plot! i also love that this doesnt really end on a cliffhanger. the story is nicely resolved to an extent, but certain things are left open for it to continue. so im super excited to see this story will progress throughout the series. ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana Swift

    ***UPDATE*** *CAST IN FIRELIGHT has a new pub date! It will now be coming out January 19, 2021. Because of Covid-19, printers are dealing with distribution and resource shortages. Thank you for everyone's patience and continued support!* I’m not going to rate my own book, but I did want to use this space to answer some common questions I’ve been asked already and also share my author note for CAST IN FIRELIGHT! If more questions arise I’ll happily add to this list. 1. Is CAST IN FIRELIGHT a series? ***UPDATE*** *CAST IN FIRELIGHT has a new pub date! It will now be coming out January 19, 2021. Because of Covid-19, printers are dealing with distribution and resource shortages. Thank you for everyone's patience and continued support!* I’m not going to rate my own book, but I did want to use this space to answer some common questions I’ve been asked already and also share my author note for CAST IN FIRELIGHT! If more questions arise I’ll happily add to this list. 1. Is CAST IN FIRELIGHT a series? Yes! Right now there will defiantly be a sequel to CAST IN FIRELIGHT and I’m working on it right now. I hope to continue on with the series in the future. 2. How much romance is there? I love action/superhero movies, but I also love romance just as much. I wrote this book to combine the character-driven fun of a rom-com with the tension of a fast paced adventure fantasy. I tried to make them as equal as possible when it comes to plot. I did want to clarify one other thing. CAST IN FIRELIGHT is not an enemies-to-lovers romance. Though I love that trope, this book can be more accurately described as a rivalry-to-lovers with banter and sexual tension, but no true hatred (especially of the murderous variety). 3. How explicit is the romance? There are no sex scenes in CAST IN FIRELIGHT. It never goes beyond kissing. 4. Is there a Preorder Campaign? Yes! If you preorder or request Cast in Firelight at your local library before January 19, 2021 I will send you gifts! My website has all the information you need to know. Here is the link: http://www.danaswiftbooks.com/?page_i... Trigger warnings: Sexual harassment, fantasy-related violence in fight scenes, blood/gore, talk of drugs and drug addiction (though it’s a made-up fantasy substance). *If any reader would like to amend or add to this list please contact me through my website, www.danaswiftbooks.com. Author’s Note I can’t pinpoint the exact moment my inspiration for Cast in Firelight hit. It was a mix of old and new ideas fused together. But I can tell you the world of the story came from my husband and our conversations about culture, children, and what it means to be an interracial couple. I know some readers may be disappointed that this story isn’t #OwnVoices. You may look me up and see my pale skin (and one of the most English names in existence) and wonder why I tried to craft a fantasy in which none of the main characters look like me. And for me the answer is simple: because these characters will look like my children. I was honored to be accepted by my husband’s family. And as a result of their generosity in teaching me about their culture and incorporating them into their family, I began, as fantasy writers tend to do, imagining a world that encapsulated my experience. Thus, Cast in Firelight was born as a blend of both my worlds (with a heavy dose of imagination stirred in, of course). Thank you for reading Cast in Firelight. I am eternally thankful to those of you who allowed me to share the idea that anyone can be the hero of a story, especially those like Adraa, who may doubt their worthiness, who may fail . . . but who never give up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    Wow. I loved this book. And let's talk about how this cover is gorgeous!!! ❤️ 4.5 stars Cast in Firelight is an easy and quick read, yet it is full of action and very interesting. The world-building and magic-system are simple and easy to understand, but still elaborate enough to make a compelling story. The Indian/South-Asian influence adds a colorful and exotic touch to the story, and I wouldn't have minded reading another 100 pages about this adventure. The prologue introduces us to 8 years o Wow. I loved this book. And let's talk about how this cover is gorgeous!!! ❤️ 4.5 stars Cast in Firelight is an easy and quick read, yet it is full of action and very interesting. The world-building and magic-system are simple and easy to understand, but still elaborate enough to make a compelling story. The Indian/South-Asian influence adds a colorful and exotic touch to the story, and I wouldn't have minded reading another 100 pages about this adventure. The prologue introduces us to 8 years old Adraa and 9 years old Jatin as they meet for the first time after their parents decided that they would be engaged to be married once they're both adults. The story follows both of them as they meet again 9 years later under unexpected circumstances and team up to solve the mystery behind the theft of the firelight that Andra created and distributed in her city. They spy, they fight bad guys and there is plenty of action. I had a hard time putting it down once I got invested in the story. After finishing this book, I realize that the plot is nothing new or very memorable, nor are the characters, but I enjoyed reading this book so much! Not only because of the action and the nice world-building and magic-system but also because of Adraa and Jatin's interactions. They are both lying to the other, pretending to be someone they are not and are slowly falling in love even though they know that they are promised to someone else. I couldn't wait for them to figure out who the other really was. “I realize you don’t feel the same way. But somewhere in all this, even amid all our lies, I fell in love with you.” I loved reading about their banter, and the building of their romantic feelings, as they got to know each other. Adraa is caring and has a hot temper, while Jatin is arrogant, yet kind and compassionate, and they make a great team together. I will definitely read the second book of this duology when it comes out next year. “Have I told you you’re one of my worst patients?” “But the best partner?”

  4. 5 out of 5

    shre ♡

    i feel unworthy of even looking at this cover. got an arc. feeling blessed. 😌🤝.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    This synopsis alone is motivating me to survive the pile of trash that is 2020...at leat until November

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nora Grace ♌️

    Updated review coming soon! My library book is almost ready to borrow. (view spoiler)[I'm under the impression that the author of Cast in Firelight is white. It's somewhat misleading that the Goodreads blurb says, "... perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh." These are all women of color writing stories about girls of color. We really need to start being more vigilant and critical regarding this Orientalist trend in YA fantasy, where white Western authors write stories Updated review coming soon! My library book is almost ready to borrow. (view spoiler)[I'm under the impression that the author of Cast in Firelight is white. It's somewhat misleading that the Goodreads blurb says, "... perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh." These are all women of color writing stories about girls of color. We really need to start being more vigilant and critical regarding this Orientalist trend in YA fantasy, where white Western authors write stories inspired by the "romantic" East. The characters in this novel are obviously brown (it's a gorgeous cover) so fortunately we don't have a case of a white author writing white characters into a Eastern-aestheticized story. Still, I think Cast in Firelight begs us to ask the question who gets to write stories about who, and how much? And who are these stories by white people about brown people really for? This is probably going to be a perfectly wonderful book. I think the main issue I see here is how the publisher chose to market the book here on Goodreads, equating the stories of brown women for brown women with a story by a white woman. **Edited Note: The author, in a separate note on Goodreads, has updated (in perhaps a response to my concerns) that this was written for her children. I respect that—I really do. And I appreciate the care she put into her note. I do not blame Swift for how the publisher is marketing this book. However, we do really need to be careful, and to be critical, when the history and present of fantasy is a great deal of orientalism and appropriation. Do I still think it is more appropriate and inventive, original, to simply create a brand new fantasy world, a non-orientalised world, and have Indian characters? Yes. One-hundred percent, yes. So there is still accountability needed. Still, Swift has every right to write a story for her children. But shame on the publisher for such insensitive marketing. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    I was so excited when I finally got this book from the library and it exceeded the already high expectations I had for it! ✅ I LOVED THE INDIAN INSPIRED setting - I've always thought Indian culture was so interesting and unique. The significance of all the colors, the South-Asian atmosphere and traditional clothing instead of big dresses and corsets - It was definitely refreshing to read! ✅ BOTH ADRAA AND JATIN were so lovable and well written. Adraa kind of reminded me of Aelin/Celaena with her c I was so excited when I finally got this book from the library and it exceeded the already high expectations I had for it! ✅ I LOVED THE INDIAN INSPIRED setting - I've always thought Indian culture was so interesting and unique. The significance of all the colors, the South-Asian atmosphere and traditional clothing instead of big dresses and corsets - It was definitely refreshing to read! ✅ BOTH ADRAA AND JATIN were so lovable and well written. Adraa kind of reminded me of Aelin/Celaena with her cage fighting alter-ego and badass personality. And Jatin was equally lovable with his confident yet kind personality. They were both really easy to understand and relate to and I just loved getting to know them as I read 🆗 THE MAGIC SYSTEM was unique and well thought out. I really liked how the magic manifested itself as a physical "Touch" on the arms - I imagined these as really pretty Henna tattoos 😄 One thing I will say is that nine different colors of magic was a bit much. It's hard for me to keep up with magic systems once there are more than ~five different types involved ✅ THE ROMANCE was super fun with the whole "fiancés in disguise" ruse. I'll start by saying it was definitely not steamy at all, just some kissing here and there, but I still loved it. The competitions between them and the letters they sent growing up were too cute. Kind of a combination of friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers. The flirtation, banter, and evolution of their relationship was well-paced and just overall adorable 🆗 EVEN THOUGH I ENJOYED the concept of an arranged marriage where they meet under disguise and fall in love anyway... I personally hate the "feeling of doom" when you know something the characters don't and can foreshadow things falling apart. That feeling was present for me, but only a little so I was still able to really enjoy the book anyway Overall, the characters were awesome and I never felt like the story stagnated because Adraa and Jatin kept getting themselves into such interesting situations. I definitely recommend this to anyone that likes YA Fantasy with romance (but don't expect anything beyond PG-13 romance). Can't wait to read the sequel whenever it comes out!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    Thank you so much to the publisher & Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Quick Stats: Overall: 3.5/5 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 4/5 Writing: 3/5 Plot and Themes: 3/5 Awesomeness Factor: 3/5 Review in a Nutshell: Cast in Firelight is an enjoyable read, and I’m glad I read it, but overall isn’t very memorable. // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture (Mention), Sexual Harassment, (Fantasy Drug) Addiction, Animal Death // Release Date: 1/19/2021 Publisher: Delacorte Press Thank you so much to the publisher & Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Quick Stats: Overall: 3.5/5 Stars Characters: 4/5 Setting: 4/5 Writing: 3/5 Plot and Themes: 3/5 Awesomeness Factor: 3/5 Review in a Nutshell: Cast in Firelight is an enjoyable read, and I’m glad I read it, but overall isn’t very memorable. // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture (Mention), Sexual Harassment, (Fantasy Drug) Addiction, Animal Death // Release Date: 1/19/2021 Publisher: Delacorte Press Page Count: 448 Premise: Cast in Firelight follows the point of views of two royal heirs who are arranged to be married, Adraa and Jatin. For nine years, they’ve built up a rivalry, trying to outdo the other, but when they reunite after years of not seeing each other, they mistake each other for someone else. Without knowing the truth of who they are, the two must work together to solve a problem plaguing both their kingdoms. - Thoughts - Before I get started reviewing this book, I did want to mention something that has been brought up in a few other reviews. This is not an OwnVoices book. The author addresses this in the author’s note, and she explains that while this book isn’t OwnVoices, her husband is South Asian and she wanted to write a book where their children can see themselves represented in the main characters. I think the reason for the confusion here is because the publisher compared this book to books by Sabaa Tahir, Renee Ahdieh, and Hafsah Faizal. I think this can give the audience the wrong impression and make Cast in Firelight seem like it’s OwnVoices when it isn’t. However, this is an issue with the publisher, not the author or the book itself. As for the representation in the book; I’m not South Asian, so I say if it’s done well or not. I highly recommend you read reviews by South Asian reviewers before deciding on whether or not you want to read it. - Writing & Setting - Cast in Firelight is an easy book to read. The writing is simple, nothing too complicated which would make it great for people just getting into YA fantasy and younger YA readers. The worldbuilding is also fairly simple while still being interesting. The magic system is based on elements and colors, which was fairly basic and easy to remember, but still something fun to read about. - Plot - This book primarily follows our two main characters as they try to get to the bottom of a mystery, going out at night in disguise and getting into the occasional fight with bad guys. I’m not a big mystery fan, but there was plenty of action to keep the plot moving. That said, it still took me a minute to get into it. But once I was invested? I was having a great time. The ending raises the stakes (which felt a little low in the first ⅔) and even throws in a few fun twists. However, in the end, I feel the overall plot wasn’t very memorable. - Characters - While there is a plot, a lot of this book does revolve around the romance. I love some adorable romance so I was really excited about this. However, I will warn you, there is a bit of instalove (one-sided). But, surprisingly, I didn’t mind it. I really enjoyed watching our two main characters banter and truly get to know each other. Speaking of our characters, Adraa and Jatin are fun protagonists but nothing truly remarkable. Adraa is caring and hot-tempered. Jatin is arrogant and kind. Both of them are incredibly powerful when it comes to magic but have realistic insecurities that ground them. They had good development over the course of the book, but there was nothing about them that made them stand out from your typical YA protagonist. - Conclusion - Pros- Interesting worldbuilding, fun romance Cons- Plot didn’t grip me, characters aren’t very distinct Overall- 3.5/5 stars. Cast In Firelight is a fun read if you’re looking for something quick and easy. While this first book wasn’t very memorable, based on that last act, I believe the series will get better as it goes on. Follow Me Here: Blog ||Tumblr || Bookstagram || Twitter|| Reviews

  9. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Take a really good look at that cover. Go ahead, I'll wait. You back? I don't care what it is about, I haven't even read the synopsis, this WILL be on my shelves! ((me: cartwheels to Amazon to preorder)) Take a really good look at that cover. Go ahead, I'll wait. You back? I don't care what it is about, I haven't even read the synopsis, this WILL be on my shelves! ((me: cartwheels to Amazon to preorder))

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    When both the main characters are likable and reasonable? It’s a huge surprise LOL *Review to come*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    This was such a great read to start off the year! The characters, the romance, the tropes, the twists and turns, the magic system… all of it was just so much fun! Cast in Firelight is told in dual 1st-person POV between Adraa and Jatin, two royal heirs who have been engaged since their youth. However, they haven’t seen one another since they were children, so their impressions of each other haven’t changed since a certain unfortunate incident. They’ve developed a long-distance rivalry over the ye This was such a great read to start off the year! The characters, the romance, the tropes, the twists and turns, the magic system… all of it was just so much fun! Cast in Firelight is told in dual 1st-person POV between Adraa and Jatin, two royal heirs who have been engaged since their youth. However, they haven’t seen one another since they were children, so their impressions of each other haven’t changed since a certain unfortunate incident. They’ve developed a long-distance rivalry over the years, and therefore neither is looking forward to marrying. Unbeknownst to them, they’re brought together in a case of mistaken identities to investigate the criminal underbelly of the city. As they find themselves falling deeper in love, they become caught up in a dark plot that’s more complicated than they could have ever imagined. This external conflict meshes perfectly with the internal conflicts around Adraa’s and Jatin’s powers and duties, creating a compelling and high-stakes story. Their witty banter is endearing and funny without coming off as stilted, and the development of their romance is believable and so tension-filled that I couldn’t wait for them to finally be together! While I can’t speak to the Indian/ South Asian inspiration fused into this book, I absolutely loved the complex, color-based magic system. It made the visuals for the world and even the battles extremely vivid and unique, while also adding an extra layer of awe to this already fantastical world. In addition, the usage of bright colors throughout the story made it feel more light-hearted than many YA fantasies of late. While the plot definitely had its dark moments, the romance combined with the rainbows of color throughout provided a much needed mood-boosting read during the difficult months of late. Dana Swift packs a healthy number of plot elements into this book, and they are woven together so well that it was easy to keep them all in order. I found myself constantly wondering what would happen next! Not only did the rivals-to-lovers plus the arranged marriage plus the mistaken identities tropes make for a refreshing take, but this book also contained elements of vigilante/superhero justice, a complex system of gods and goddesses, family drama, underground cage fighting, a criminal drug ring, and a mystery factor surrounding the true villain. Lastly, this novel offers poignant commentary on equality and social justice, and it handles each of these aspects incredibly well. With that said, I’m so excited for the second book! I hope it continues to play on the dynamic elements of book #1 while building on the well-established characters and world. Goodreads says this series will be a duology, but based on some of the comments it sounds like it might be a trilogy? Either way, I absolutely cannot wait! Thank you to Random House Children’s/Delacorte Press via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    [ a very soft dnf because i just want to read about matthew fairchild but i really love this writing ] we need more ~arranged marriage tropes. i can never resist.

  13. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! “Gods, how are you this manipulative?” He smiles at the weapon as he scrubs its hilt. “You’ve taught me a lot, Jatin.” This book started off kind of slow but once it picked up, I really enjoyed it. I’ve always enjoyed the “secret identities” storyline because Im always anxious to see how the big reveal will play out! It was wonderfully done in this book! The world building and magic was awesome Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! “Gods, how are you this manipulative?” He smiles at the weapon as he scrubs its hilt. “You’ve taught me a lot, Jatin.” This book started off kind of slow but once it picked up, I really enjoyed it. I’ve always enjoyed the “secret identities” storyline because Im always anxious to see how the big reveal will play out! It was wonderfully done in this book! The world building and magic was awesome. But if you’re not a fan of “insta-love”, then this might not be the book for you. It was super quick, but it did happen pretty fast. I really enjoyed Jatin and although there were a few times that Adraa made me want to scream, I still enjoyed her character and her humor. After that cliffhanger, I am definitely ready for book two!! 4/5 🌟’s

  14. 4 out of 5

    Farhina ↯↯ The Wanderer Of Inked Adventures

    thankyou to prh international and netgalley for my arc. firstly, something about this book about brown characters and indian culture written by a white author is deeply unsettling for me, specially when the goodread blurb says perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh. all of those authors are poc writing about girls of colours. It just irks me that who gets to get away with writing our stories and appropriating our culture in publishing. Why is this being marketed as thankyou to prh international and netgalley for my arc. firstly, something about this book about brown characters and indian culture written by a white author is deeply unsettling for me, specially when the goodread blurb says perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh. all of those authors are poc writing about girls of colours. It just irks me that who gets to get away with writing our stories and appropriating our culture in publishing. Why is this being marketed as own voices when its anything but!!!!! - I am not the best person to fully comprehend and watch out for the indian culture happening in this book, because i am only from the neighbouring country, but i do have some knowledge. As a brown women i found it really odd that a white author writing a brown mc had to constantly tell how dark the female mc was in the room than her other brown counterparts in the story.. . Instance 1: After Mother I'm the darkest in the room, sometimes in the entire palace. Instance 2: the other plain and as dark-skinned as the rest of me Why the constant need to tell oh the protagonist is dark skinned? - Also the cultural and ethnicities were brown and indian? but the setting was anything but that. .>>>>> Casting everything about the own voices stuff, i'll review the book and plot: . - The world building and concept was so juvenile? The magic concept; It was like avatar the airbender meets mythology gods ( which dont even sound indian culture/history/ religious variety based) with a colour palette? Because powers and god were also given a colour? and than if u had all nine power you could do a rainbow? because when you used your powers you put out coloured mists?!?!?!!?!? i am like erm what? the world building had like frosted doors from frozen, and weird arches? cuz one kingdom had the "white forte" which are icy powers........ I wasn't given a map cuz arc? but the "kingdoms" were so close that you could reach the other land in an hour via a glider? also idk where the glider came from because erm i haven't ever seen them in south asian culture/stories ?? what even was going on in this story ??? - the curse word in this world was " blood" ?????? i sometimes was so startled because i would think oh someone is bleeding when it randomly popped up? oh the braincells////////////// Romance: This was a years of rivalry romance, but omg 70% of this book was just deception, lying and hidden identities? No rivalry even happened. Also wasn't it cheating the whole time like YOU GUYS ARE BETROTHED TO PEOPLE!!!(view spoiler)[namely to each other but you don't fucking know that (hide spoiler)] And omg it was so weirdly insta love/// And the scene about getting your period...... and this random guy who is your fiance's guard brewing you a tonic for the cramps...... and you being like omg i wish i was his wife and he brews it for me everytime...... WTF? The plot is so bipolar? i don't know what it was trying to be it was royalties? but also vigilantes but also sleuthing and clue finding but also fighting in a ring with personas? but also hidden secret identities and add magic. Villain/ending: Omg the whole leading up to the big ending, villain finding was so hilarious and stupid and ugh. Spent the whole book trying to find clues and still being blindsided like that by the end with the most stupidest twist, that she should have been able to tell. like what was all the surveillance for than?!?!?!!?!?!? I found out about the author being white after i started the book, but i kept going that maybe the material might save it, but alas this was a train wreck. I am just not even intrigued tbh for the sequel this was so dumb. _______________________________________________ ugh so much to unpack if i want to even begin reviewing this !!!!!!!!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    The sheer amount of BDE in "they made their own arrangements" made me hit the Want To Read button without hesitation (okay fine I mostly just added this for the cover) The sheer amount of BDE in "they made their own arrangements" made me hit the Want To Read button without hesitation (okay fine I mostly just added this for the cover)

  16. 5 out of 5

    R.F. Gammon

    Synopsis: They are betrothed and hate each other but!!!! SECRET IDENTITIES!!!! Me: *slams the want to read button so hard my computer shatters* GIVE IT

  17. 4 out of 5

    alissa

    how does one explain to their parents that they preordered this book...right after finishing their eARC of it? asking for a friend, of course!!!! this book is everything! i cannot stress enough that you NEED to read this because i can’t suffer on my own (YES I CRIED STOP ASKING?). also, a month ago i said that i hadn’t found a good arranged marriage story that wasn’t toxic yet... i would just like to announce that miss dana swift changed that. look where we are now, all obsessed and mentally unsta how does one explain to their parents that they preordered this book...right after finishing their eARC of it? asking for a friend, of course!!!! this book is everything! i cannot stress enough that you NEED to read this because i can’t suffer on my own (YES I CRIED STOP ASKING?). also, a month ago i said that i hadn’t found a good arranged marriage story that wasn’t toxic yet... i would just like to announce that miss dana swift changed that. look where we are now, all obsessed and mentally unstable. in all seriousness though, i find that most books either have amazing characters or a scream-worthy plot. cast in firelight had BOTH?!?!?! miss...that’s illegal. that’s not the only illegal think about this book: the sequel isn’t out yet. what—how—HELP? you can’t just go around and casually leave me with an ending like that??? im too emotional for this. for my full review full of panicking, click here! ps: this is not an own voices book but i hope this won’t make anyone turn down this book. as the author herself said: “You may wonder why I tried to craft a fantasy in which none of the main characters look like me. And for me the answer is simple: because these characters will look like my children.” blog | bookstagram | more

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book combines so many things that I love: hidden identities, beautiful and interesting magic system and, of course, a swoony romance that is a steady burn. The author did an incredible job of making the magic and the world complex yet accessible. I want to know so much more about the magic, but readers were given a lot to work with and explore right off the bat. I appreciated how diverse the characters are and a lot of specific cultural elements were incorporated into the story. Everything f This book combines so many things that I love: hidden identities, beautiful and interesting magic system and, of course, a swoony romance that is a steady burn. The author did an incredible job of making the magic and the world complex yet accessible. I want to know so much more about the magic, but readers were given a lot to work with and explore right off the bat. I appreciated how diverse the characters are and a lot of specific cultural elements were incorporated into the story. Everything felt authentic and well-researched. We're left on a bit of a cliffhanger - and I'm definitely hooked for book 2! Recommended. A great fantasy read of 2020.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zoe (Book Hooked)

    4.5 Unboxing it! https://youtu.be/MDbrZIhqsSs First thing is first. I didn’t enjoy this book till half way. I thought the characters were childish and I didn’t understand why Adraa and Jatin couldn’t recognize each other. At the half way mark I went back and I realized I thought the prologue was chapter 1. And supposedly there is a 9 year gap between the prologue and chapter 1. Explains why I thought them childish in the beginning, because they were! AND they hadn’t recognized each other the whole 4.5 Unboxing it! https://youtu.be/MDbrZIhqsSs First thing is first. I didn’t enjoy this book till half way. I thought the characters were childish and I didn’t understand why Adraa and Jatin couldn’t recognize each other. At the half way mark I went back and I realized I thought the prologue was chapter 1. And supposedly there is a 9 year gap between the prologue and chapter 1. Explains why I thought them childish in the beginning, because they were! AND they hadn’t recognized each other the whole time they were “Jaya” and “Kalyan” because they hadn’t seen each other in 9 years. Obviously they had growth spurts and matured and sounded different. That’s understandable. So basically when you read this remember that there is a 9 year gap XD SPOLIERS ARE INCLOSED BY RED HEARTS. so if you see red hearts scroll till you see red hearts again and read below 🖤OVERVIEW🖤 In the world of Wickery, Princess Adraa is being betrothed to her childhood enemy, Prince Jatin, on her 18th birthday. They hadn’t seen each other in 9 years since she slapped him on the face for saying she could never be a witch. When their paths cross 9 years later, they don’t recognize each other. They keep bumping into each other on the streets and use a secret identity. Little do “Jaya” and “Kalyan” know that they are finances. They build a friendship and maybe even love through this journey to save Wickery from evil forces stealing Adraa’s own magical invention, Firelight. This is an epic adventure that is full of magic and fights! 🖤REACH MY EXPECTATIONS?🖤 Very much so!! I loved it to much! I expected an Aladdin/Magical story and that’s what Dana Swift gave me! It was everything I wanted it to be! 🖤CHARACTERS🖤 Adraa-Adraa is a great character! Fierce and independent. She wanted to fight and help her country (or land) instead of sit on the throne all day. But she is like a classic YA Fantasy main girl. Overall she was enjoying to read about! Jatin- Ahhh love you <3 Lol joking. But Jatin is a CINNAMONROLL. He is the sweetest thing! But he still can fight and stand up for the ones he loves. But he is a jokester and a very sweet guy! 🖤REALATIONSHIPS🖤 Jadraa-Aw they are so cute! I prefer them as Jaya and Kalyan though. But even when they do discover each other’s real identities, they are adorable! Their fake identities fell in love but felt guilty because they were both engaged. I was screaming at them from the outside saying: JUST TELL EACH OTHER WHO YOU ARE!!!! YOU ARE BOTH ENGAGED YOU CAN LOVE EACH OTHER DONT PUSH THOSE FEELINGS ASIDE!😭 🖤CLIFFHANGER/ENDING🖤 If there was a cliffhanger I don’t remember it. But I don’t recall one. But the ending was good and I’m very excited for the next book, Bound In Firelight! 🖤FAV CHARACTER🖤 Jatin probably. He is just so cute🥺 Adraa was a teeny annoying at times but he never was. 🖤PACE🖤 I found it very fast paced for me. It’s quick and easy to read as well! 🖤STORYLINE🖤 The storyline was so creative! The magic system is my favorite out of the whole book! I give the storyline a 9/10 🖤GRIPPING?🖤 It was very gripping and engaging when I understood what was going on bc I wasn’t fully paying attention at the beginning. The writing and the story will grip you! 🖤SEXUAL CONTENT🖤 Just kissing scenes. A very clean book! 🖤WRITING🖤 I was so caught up in the story I didn’t focus on the writing to be honest. But if I think about it now I did enjoy it! It was very easy to read and descriptive! 🖤LIKED🖤 -the magic system -the idea of Firelight -the MCs -the world -the storyline -the Indian roots 🖤DISLIKED🖤 -the villain -9 year old Adraa and Jatin That’s all for now! Can’t wait for the sequel!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Slightly obsessed and not even sad about it. Cast in Firelight was so damn easy to devour. I'm so glad that I own it and found time to just sit and focus on this beautiful thing. The characters were so easy to fall in love with and ugh, I just need more. I seriously can't wait for the next book and I'm hoping that I can get my hands on the next one soon. In it, you will meet Adraa and Jatin. I'm not going to lie, they made think of the movie The Swan Princess for some reason. It's like when they Slightly obsessed and not even sad about it. Cast in Firelight was so damn easy to devour. I'm so glad that I own it and found time to just sit and focus on this beautiful thing. The characters were so easy to fall in love with and ugh, I just need more. I seriously can't wait for the next book and I'm hoping that I can get my hands on the next one soon. In it, you will meet Adraa and Jatin. I'm not going to lie, they made think of the movie The Swan Princess for some reason. It's like when they were kids, they were like ew to one another. Then the whole competition on who was better at anything and every thing just made me think back to that movie even more. Once they were adults, yeah, still had that vibe. These two were most definitely Odette and Derek. Not going to lie - fight me. Besides that trip down memory lane, this entire book was just magical and completely sucked me in. I loved each and every twist and slight betrayal that came my way. I also really enjoyed seeing Adraa and Jatin get closer to one another and develop some great chemistry and love as well. I'm not going to lie, these two have a lot to face in the next book and I'm here for it all. In the end, I seriously need the next book STAT.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    First of all, let’s talk about how stunning this cover is 😍 I’m in love and I once you read the story so many details stick out more, it’s just fantastic. Okay, moving on... This was a great fantasy read! Cast in Firelight included a cast of diverse characters with many cultural references that added so much to the story. The author was able to create such an intricate and interesting magic system. It was so unique and complex yet easy to understand. While there was a lot of different elements of First of all, let’s talk about how stunning this cover is 😍 I’m in love and I once you read the story so many details stick out more, it’s just fantastic. Okay, moving on... This was a great fantasy read! Cast in Firelight included a cast of diverse characters with many cultural references that added so much to the story. The author was able to create such an intricate and interesting magic system. It was so unique and complex yet easy to understand. While there was a lot of different elements of the magic system to delve into, I almost wish there was more included because I felt like we were just scratching the surface of the amazing potential there. I liked the romance and the secrecy that encapsulated it all. It was kind of enemies to lovers but with a twist that I really enjoyed. Aadra and Jatin had great banter and I loved their teasing flirtation. The book made some really important comments on prejudice and judgement in society and I’m glad they were included. The beginning felt a little slow and I wasn’t really hooked on the story until about 100 pages in but the ending was such a whirlwind. I can’t wait for the second book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Onto THENEXT BR with my girl, Darce! Cast in Firelight, let's do this thang! (ps: psssstt! i am LOVING this so far 😍) Onto THENEXT BR with my girl, Darce! Cast in Firelight, let's do this thang! (ps: psssstt! i am LOVING this so far 😍)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Initial Thoughts I was super excited to have been approved for this book. Full disclosure, I’m writing this post in July (and it’s a November release). I read it as soon as I was approved – because it sounded that good. Some Things I Liked Indian influences. This is not an #OwnVoices book but I felt like an Own Voices reviewer here. In the acknowledgements, Dana Swift described that this book was inspired by her husband’s culture and the characters were written with her children in mind. That actua Initial Thoughts I was super excited to have been approved for this book. Full disclosure, I’m writing this post in July (and it’s a November release). I read it as soon as I was approved – because it sounded that good. Some Things I Liked Indian influences. This is not an #OwnVoices book but I felt like an Own Voices reviewer here. In the acknowledgements, Dana Swift described that this book was inspired by her husband’s culture and the characters were written with her children in mind. That actually made the book even more special to me. I am half Indian and half American on my mother’s side and I loved the idea that the author was able to learn so much about a new culture and describe it in such a magical way. Secret vigilantes. Somehow, this book reminded me of Batman, in all the best ways. If you asked me to make a recipe for a perfect book, somehow, I’d try to add Batman vibes to the mix and Dana Swift did that here. I loved the secret crime fighting elements to the story. Enemies to lovers. What’s not to love about that classic trope? And, it was so well done here. Magic system. I loved that the magic system was described in colors. What a cool concept! Series Value I 👏 can’t 👏 wait 👏 for the next book in this series. Dana Swift, if you read this and want to send a copy of book 2 to a good home – hit me up! I love this world, the magic, and these characters. There’s nothing I want more than more of their adventures. Final Thoughts Ok, ok, I’ll stop gushing about this book. But, seriously, it was amazing and it might be one of my favorite books of the year. Bear in mind, I read ACOMAF and HOEAB for the first time this year. This book tops both of those. These characters have unseated my beloved SJM favorites as favorite characters (and that’s insanely high praise from me). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommendations for Further Reading Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena – if you enjoyed the Indian themes, try this June 2020 release. Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar – again, if you liked the Indian influences, try this August 2020 release.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    is it just me or do these two look . . . *whispers* related? is it just me or do these two look . . . *whispers* related?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shauni

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book! It swept me up and took me on a journey of magic and adventure. The characters are well developed with an endearing charm that I couldn't help but love. The world-building and history of the Gods was well-done. What impressed me the most was the magic system. So unique and intricate, I absolutely loved the colorful representations of each magic. The plot was intriguing with a cou Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book! It swept me up and took me on a journey of magic and adventure. The characters are well developed with an endearing charm that I couldn't help but love. The world-building and history of the Gods was well-done. What impressed me the most was the magic system. So unique and intricate, I absolutely loved the colorful representations of each magic. The plot was intriguing with a couple unexpected twists. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am excited for what's to come.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie The Dragon Queen

    The cover is gorgeous, the synopsis is everything, and I can’t wait for this!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Evie

    4.5 rounded up Did I pick this book up purely because the cover was pretty? Yes. And I’m not sorry about it. Cast in Firelight really surprised me in how much I enjoyed it. I stayed up until 2am reading and only put it down because I didn’t want it to be over too soon. I saw that the next book won’t be out until next year and that absolutely sucks, the ending of this book, whilst still making me grin like a fool, is a really well done cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the sequel. Usually I am not 4.5 rounded up Did I pick this book up purely because the cover was pretty? Yes. And I’m not sorry about it. Cast in Firelight really surprised me in how much I enjoyed it. I stayed up until 2am reading and only put it down because I didn’t want it to be over too soon. I saw that the next book won’t be out until next year and that absolutely sucks, the ending of this book, whilst still making me grin like a fool, is a really well done cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the sequel. Usually I am not a fan of first person narratives, but in this case, with the alternating narratives of Adraa and Jatin, I absolutely loved it. The characters themselves were so loveable, their insecurities, familial ties, motivations, strengths and flaws all so well developed and I couldn’t help but love them both. Their romance made me smile like a Cheshire Cat. The entire book. I loved how they both felt guilty about falling for one another whilst not knowing the others identity and how it felt like cheating on their betrothed - which was such wonderful dramatic irony. I loved how they defended one another but neither was weak at any point, and I loved the little bit at the end (which I’m not going to say cause spoilers but oh my god I was sobbing). I have seen some people complain about it being a bit insta-lovey on Jatin’s part but I actually didn’t think it was that bad. I think it was instant attraction but the feelings themselves developed over time. I can’t wait to see how their relationship develops in the next book. As for the plot, well that was pretty good too. The only issue I had with it was the villain was a little one dimensional, it was very predictable and we have very little of their motives. Hopefully we will learn more in the next book. The world building and magic system was really well explained, with little info dumping necessary and it felt really rich and vibrant. Overall this was a really good debut novel with a really good flow, easy to love characters, a delightful rom-com feel to it, a rich fantasy world, and an engrossing plot. 100% would recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    In Cast in Firelight, you will meet two royal heirs : Adraa and Jatin. Their first meeting happened when they were kids and Adraa ended up punching Jatin. It was pretty funny to say the least. Their parents clearly want them to like each other in order to have an alliance through marriage and at first, it's not really working. In this world, there are many types of magic, each having a distinct color to them. When someone is able to do magic, their arms are marked with the "touch", marking them In Cast in Firelight, you will meet two royal heirs : Adraa and Jatin. Their first meeting happened when they were kids and Adraa ended up punching Jatin. It was pretty funny to say the least. Their parents clearly want them to like each other in order to have an alliance through marriage and at first, it's not really working. In this world, there are many types of magic, each having a distinct color to them. When someone is able to do magic, their arms are marked with the "touch", marking them as witches/wizards. Adraa and Jatin are both very powerful but they each have their strengths and weaknesses. They've always competed with each other. Years later after not seeing each other, Adraa has become friends with Jatin's father while Jatin was away and when Adraa see Jatin's guard wearing Jatin's clothes as a safety protocol, she mistakes him for the Prince she's supposed to marry. It was pretty fun to see them step around each other not knowing who they really are at first and then Jatin was trying to become her friend and more, that was cute too. Overall, Cast in firelight is a pretty good YA Fantasy but I feel like this would be better as a standalone. While I was entertained, I never felt addicted while reading this book and even though it was an interesting story and I liked the characters, I wasn't very excited to pick this book up once I put it down. I'm not sure if I'll be hyped for the next book. I wish the plot would have been tied up at the end but nope, this will be stretched into two or maybe three books? Again, I'm not sure. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC via Netgalley)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This book was delightful! It was a joy to read and delve into an amazing story with strong characters, beautiful world building, and an amazing storyline. At a time where I’ve not been able to find a good book, this one comes along and sweeps me off my feet. The characters were rich and lush, they were real and they grew and were more and more complex as the story went on, I loved the twists and turns plus the depth of the writing of each main and side character was intricate and beautiful. The This book was delightful! It was a joy to read and delve into an amazing story with strong characters, beautiful world building, and an amazing storyline. At a time where I’ve not been able to find a good book, this one comes along and sweeps me off my feet. The characters were rich and lush, they were real and they grew and were more and more complex as the story went on, I loved the twists and turns plus the depth of the writing of each main and side character was intricate and beautiful. The story was woven beautifully and the different worlds were special and outstanding. The cover art drew me in but the story made me read into all hours of the morning. This author is a new favorite and what an incredible debut! Loved this book, can’t wait for the next one and would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good story with vivid and outstanding characters. Also, the author’s note was moving and heartfelt, something about the way she writes is honest and lovely. This book was a favorite and highly recommend! I’m going to miss the characters and can’t wait to buy this one when it becomes available. Also can’t wait for the next book(s)! Thank you so much to NetGalley for the ARC!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yeganeh

    3.5 star So i didn't essentially know that this book is much like a love story and plot. Truthfully, until the two third of the book barely something intresting happend and i don't know what to make of this book wether i enjoyed it or not. I mean i definatly have seen better debut novels. The magic system and setting were unique and new , the romance despite the instant lovey was cute and i'm not sure about other side characters. So overall, quick and enjoyable read but still there were something m 3.5 star So i didn't essentially know that this book is much like a love story and plot. Truthfully, until the two third of the book barely something intresting happend and i don't know what to make of this book wether i enjoyed it or not. I mean i definatly have seen better debut novels. The magic system and setting were unique and new , the romance despite the instant lovey was cute and i'm not sure about other side characters. So overall, quick and enjoyable read but still there were something misdong. I probably will read the sequel.

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