Hello Humans! I promised it in my The Dark Vault readalong and lo and behold I have delivered. I hadn’t even heard of Fire & Heist before it arrived in my December Fairyloot box, but I’m open to the idea of anything with dragons in…though this seemed an interesting concept.
Join me as I read through this book, checking in every now and then with how I’m feeling about it!
In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.
Chapter One – Chapter Three
Oh yes, we’re checking in early (partly because the bus ride was snappier than usual and then my work PC booted with less palaver than the norm). But OH MY this is going to be fun. And not in a ‘this book is blowing my mind’ kind of a way, more in a ‘what is this?’ kind of a way. I’m in awe. So, strike one, this book seems to not care about the difference between a dragon and a wyvern – which is of course that wyverns have two legs and dragons have four (to simplify some fantasy taxonomy). Nope, use the word Wyvern to mean a were-dragon. Because of course. But I can get past that. I think I’m going to also have to get past the woe is me dragon teen narrating this story. Sky seems to be incredibly wealthy and maybe a little bit aware of her privilege but not so aware that it’s ok. Perhaps that’s just me feeling bitter that I can’t be half dragon. But if I were a were-dragon, would I be pining after my ex-boyfriend this much in three chapters? (Maybe. But I never claimed to be a good example.)
Mostly I’ve been laughing at this for three chapters. Hold on to your hats, we’ve got around twenty chapters to go.
Chapter Four – Chapter Ten
This book continues to be so ridiculous. It’s not…bad? But it just feels like it’s really shoe-horning in the plot, revealing details about the world/society just when they become essential to the plot, which makes it feel more false than otherwise. I’m also still not quite sure how Wyvern society works which I think is quite important to the plot.
But yes, I can’t quite gel these two elements, the half-dragon elite society (that reads a little like the Moroi from Vampire Academy) and the teen drama that is the rest of the book. If I could pin down what this book was trying to be I think I would be enjoying it a lot more rather than just laughing…
Chapter Eleven – End
I’ve done this a million times, I know. But in this case, I realised that I was never EVER going to finish this book if I didn’t just sit down (or lie down, in the bath) and read the darned thing. So I did. And here we are.
I…don’t really know what to say. What I will give this book, is that it picks up plot-wise towards the end. In fact, I thought that the way that the plot resolved and the high points of all of that were quite clever and fun and not exactly where I anticipated this book going. Would I say it’s worth reading just for the ending? Probably not.
My main problem with this book throughout is that I didn’t get on with the narrator. Possibly that’s a personal preference thing, but I found her at best to be confusing and at worst to be incredibly annoying. I couldn’t work out if she was funny – in a self-aware kind of a way, or if it was just tonally very odd. One part that stuck out to me was the mention of ‘we have a lot of homeless people on earth but I don’t see them’ (I’m paraphrasing but not by much). Was that self-awareness of the privilege of the narrator or is that just an annoying and naive narrator talking silly nonsense? I don’t know. Maybe you’ll have to borrow this from another Fairyloot subscriber and decide for yourself.
I…don’t think I would recommend this, it wasn’t for me personally. I’m wondering if it might suit a younger teen audience, one who perhaps can be a bit more forgiving of the main character’s privilege and her fixation on her own romance? Perhaps that’s more of the intended audience – I am fully willing to admit that. But I don’t think this book quite knew what it was doing, because, on paper, I should have loved this. It had dragons, heists and socialites – this should have been my jam. But alas, this didn’t meet those expectations, it had a strange tone that, if it was trying to be humorous, didn’t quite gel with my sense of humour and while I did enjoy the resolution of the story I couldn’t relate enough to the main character to really commit to the plot.
My rating: 2/5 stars (maybe a 2.5)
I received this book in a Fairyloot box, all opinions are my own.
What will the TBR tea-cup pick next?
AHA! It is the first non-arc Kindle read of 2019! I picked this up when it was on offer at the recommendation of one Asha (who is mentioned in pretty much every readalong I’ve written so far. There are ARCs to be read and reviewed in the meantime but be sure to look out for my readalong for my third ever Brandon Sanderson novel soon!
What say you? Did you enjoy Fire & Heist? Am I missing something fundamental? Let me know in the comments below!