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A tale of two sisters and the destinies that could tear them apart
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Dani Rivera may excel at every part of her dragon slaying training, but she would rather focus on being normal and going to school. Eden Rivera may not have her sister's natural ability, but she works hard every day to rise to the dragon slayer legacy her parents have cemented. When Dani unexpectedly forms a soul bond with a dragon, Eden goes to the sorcerers for help. While each struggles to save the other and convince her of the wrongness of her chosen path, a bigger enemy is ready to gain control of them both...

Destiny Soria is a master of standalone fantasy novels. FIRE WITH FIRE is expertly layered with intrigue, family bonds, conspiracies, and more, but it never feels rushed or crammed. The reader is still able to feel the magnitude and extent of this world of magic and dragons while also being honed in on Dani and Eden's story and where it falls in the big picture.

Eden and Dani's relationship is dynamic, wrought with tension but rarely without at least some love deep down. Both find themselves on surprising paths, with Dani becoming a central point in a world she wanted to leave behind for normalcy and Eden learning there are some lines that shouldn't be crossed. Their powerful connection is tested over and over, but neither can manage to let the other go, even when all seems lost in their family.

While I wasn't looking forward to finishing FIRE WITH FIRE because I was so engrossed in the story, the ending was my favorite part with its sharp realism. All the characters have come a long way, but they still have to face the consequences of things that they have done and things that others have done to them. Growth and peace take time, and thanks to the Rivera sisters, the world will never be the same.
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