Saturday, December 19, 2009


Title: Fire

Author: Kristin Cashore

Pages: 352

Rating: ****

Summary (From Goodreads): Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells. Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans. Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story. Wondering what makes it a companion book/prequel? Fire takes place 30-some years before Graceling and has one cross-over character with Graceling, a small boy with strange two-colored eyes who comes from no-one-knows-where, and who has a peculiar ability that Graceling readers will find familiar and disturbing...

Review: I LOVED this book, possibly more than I loved Graceling. You don't have to have read Graceling to understand Fire, but there are some connections. I liked the fact that Fire was so moral and strong despite having such power. She was beautiful, but her beauty was a curse, which is a change from most books. I hated how she was treated--like a sex object by men and a whore by women, as if she chose her stunning beauty. I empathized with her pain as a child, when children hated her becasue their parents feared her father. I liked the romance element to it (you're probably sensing a trend...), but I loved the twist added! It was the type of predictability where you know what is going to happen, but you read on to know how they reach that ending.I loved Fire. I sympathized with her contradicting emotions about her father--a terrible man, but her father none the less. The ending was not what I expected. Kristin Cashore's writing was impecable, as it was in Graceling. I highly recommend this book, as well as Graceling! (review to come for the latter)

Recommended for: fantasy and romance lovers, fans of Graceling

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