Thursday, December 08, 2011

Review: Fire

Book: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Release Date: September 24, 2009
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 544
Source: KPL
Stars: 5/5
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.

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! ;) 



  1. Ooh so weird to see 2 reviews on Fire on blogs I follow today! I just bought it a few weeks ago so I plan to get into it soon. It's neat that it's a companion vs a sequel! I'm really curious! I also can't wait for Bitterblue since she was my fav. character. Great review Mimi dearest!

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  2. I've heard nothing but good things about this series, and now that a third book is coming out, I think I need to get moving on the first 2! I love a slow romance, so that makes me even more anxious to get my hands on this one. Awesome, awesome review Mimi!

  3. aaaaah! I didn't like Graceling all that much because I had major issues with Katsa. But I loved Bitterblue and can't wait for her book. I still haven't read Fire, but now I really want to. I love the sound of that slow building romance. :)

  4. I'm in the middle of reading Graceling now and I love it. I started Fire a while ago but then I had to put it down. Both are amazing books and I'm not surprised you enjoyed Fire.

  5. OMG MIMI!!!!!! I read Graceling a while back and loved it so I can't believe I haven't heard that there was a sequel! *FACEPALM* But the first book was one of my favourites too! Your beautiful review makes me want to buy Fire AND Graceling now, just so I can read them together! (:

    LOL I love how you put that heart beside Brigan's name! He must be a damn amazing guy then & slow-blooming romances are my fave! Luuuuuuuuv your review, Mimi-Doll! (: <33333

  6. I had to give back Graceling before I could give it a chance, but with the surge of Bitterblue buzz, and of course this review, I'm thinking that maybe I should go hunt it down and give the first one a go.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  7. Ohh, I hadn't heard too much about her novels even though I'd seen them around, but now I'm so curious. o: It definitely sounds great. Teaseee, haha. Up on the wishlist it goes! Great review, as always. :)

  8. Hi Mimi,
    Thank you for your lovely comment! It made me smile a lot!
    I know, I've been dying to read Mara Dyer for ages! I could get it from the Book Depository, but I'm getting it as a review book in March, so I've decided to hold on... with all the fantastic reviews and love over it, I'm getting majorly hyped!
    Can't wait to see your review of the Future of us!
    Oh, and was wondering if you liked these books- Across the Universe, Audition and Lola and the boy next door? I'm giving them away soon on my blog!

  9. I loved Graceling and can't wait to get reacquainted with Katsa and Po in Bitterblue. I tried getting into this one though but just couldn't so maybe I'll give it another shot since you loved it so much.

  10. I preferred Graceling to Fire but Cashore is such an amazing writer and world-builder. I'll join you in the line for Bitterblue :)

  11. Oh my dear!!! Im so glad you loved it! Though it is impossible not to XD Kristin Cashore is such a genius =D I totally agree about the realationship with BRigan!! kyaaaaaaa!! slow but perfect! it was lovely!! *sigh* I wanna read it again! though Graceling still my favorite =P this one is also super good and a must! thank you for sharing such wonderful review my dear ^_^ muah!!!! kyaaaaaaaa!!

    Dazzling Reads

  12. I read Fire a year or so ago and really enjoyed it - still haven't had a chance to read Graceling, but I guess I can testify to the fact that Fire stands alone! Easy to follow and enjoy even if you haven't read Graceling.

    Lovely review, Mimi! :)

  13. I enjoyed this one too, but think I liked Graceling better. :)


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