Author: Kristin Cashore
Release Date: September 24, 2009
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.MY THOUGHTS:
This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City. The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.
If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.
(summary taken from Goodreads)
Graceling was one of my favourite fantasy books ever, so when I heard that this book was a companion to it, I just had to pick it up! And even though Graceling remains on top, Fire was amazing!
Fire was set in the same breathtaking world as Graceling yet not at the same time! Kristin Cashore is a master of creating worlds you want to live in. Fire was so different from its predecessor — with its plot, setting and characters — but not at all in a bad way! It helped us see a whole new side of the Seven Kingdoms that was equally intriguing.
For a human monster, Fire was such a sweet and strong character! Even though she was hated by so many for being what she was, she still refused to let it get to her and I adored her for it.
And her relationship with Brigan (♥) was exactly the kind of perfect, slow-blooming romance that every book needs. He hated monsters at first, and I LOVED watching Fire change that! They helped each other grow in the most beautiful way possible.
Breathtaking, complicated, and totally original, Fire is a must-read book, especially if you've read Graceling (although it's not required!)! You can bet I'll be first in line to buy the third book, Bitterblue, when it comes out!
BUY or BORROW?: Whether you like fantasy or not, you should definitely pick this book up! I'm a total Kristin Cashore fan girl — you should be too! ;)