Fire – Kristin Cashore

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
ISBN:  9780803734616
Pages: 480
Release Date: October 5, 2009
Publisher: Dial
Genre: Teen, Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

In this prequel to Graceling, Kristin Cashore introduces us to Fire, a beautiful but deadly woman who can read minds.  She is a monster, the last of her kind, and is completely irresistible to regular men. 

Fire lives in seclusion, grappling with the legacy of her monster father, until one day, circumstances bring her to the royal family.  War is coming, and it seems that the fate of the kingdom may rest in her hands.

Review:

I read Graceling not too long ago, and while I thought it was well-written, I didn’t love it like I expected to.  Perhaps it was because I had heard too much hype, and as a result, my expectations were simply too high.  That’s not to say I didn’t like it – I did, enough to pick up Fire.  But I approached Fire with some trepidation, knowing that my expectations could once again make a very good book less enjoyable.

I needn’t have worried – I thoroughly enjoyed Fire!  Kristin Cashore has really matured as a writer in this book.  Though the world has already been established in Graceling, Cashore doesn’t assume her readers have read that book.  Additionally, the parts of the world the two books take place in are extremely different – even readers of Graceling will be introduced to something completely new.  Cashore does an amazing job of establishing the setting and immersing the reader in Fire’s world.

It’s not necessary to read Graceling before reading Fire.  There is only one character in common and they are not a main one.  In fact, I honestly didn’t see the point of including the character, except to connect the book to Graceling.  I thought it might have been better without the inclusion of this character, just because their storyline seems to go off on a tangent.

Fire herself is an incredibly interesting person.  She suffers from the burden of her father’s legacy, trying to make up for his evils in her own way.  It’s so rewarding to see her grow beyond what people expect of her because she’s her father’s daughter.  Additionally, she really comes into her own over the course of the novel.  She’s an expertly written character – Cashore really shows how well she can develop a character through Fire.

I really enjoyed Fire and hope Cashore continues to write about this fantasy world she’s created.  It was a rewarding and fun read, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Comments

  1. I can’t wait to read this one! I currently have Graceling on hold at the library, so once I read that I’ll be sure to read this one!

  2. I can’t wait to read this one! I currently have Graceling on hold at the library, so once I read that I’ll be sure to read this one!

  3. I’m not a huge fantasy fan, so I’m not sure if these books are for me. You’ve made me curious enough that I want to look the book over, though.

  4. I’m not a huge fantasy fan, so I’m not sure if these books are for me. You’ve made me curious enough that I want to look the book over, though.

  5. Though Iam not much into fantasy, but your review make sthe book interesting.

  6. Though Iam not much into fantasy, but your review make sthe book interesting.

  7. I loved Graceling and I have Fire but need to read it! 🙂

    Thanks for the review!

  8. I loved Graceling and I have Fire but need to read it! 🙂

    Thanks for the review!

  9. This is next on my TRB list as soon as I finish Beautiful Creatures. I just need more hours in my day to read 🙂

    Great review you’ve made me want to read it even more.

  10. This is next on my TRB list as soon as I finish Beautiful Creatures. I just need more hours in my day to read 🙂

    Great review you’ve made me want to read it even more.

  11. I really liked Graceling, and was amazed that Fire was even better! I loved it, too.

  12. I really liked Graceling, and was amazed that Fire was even better! I loved it, too.

  13. I don’t think it is just you, I’ve heard others say they think Fire is better than Graceling. I’m still trying to decide whether to read both of them, or just Fire.

  14. I don’t think it is just you, I’ve heard others say they think Fire is better than Graceling. I’m still trying to decide whether to read both of them, or just Fire.

  15. I loved Graceling, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this.

    I’ve been hearing great things about this book.

  16. I loved Graceling, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this.

    I’ve been hearing great things about this book.

  17. I really liked this one 🙂

  18. I really liked this one 🙂

  19. I just finished this book over the weekend. I felt like it took a little while to get going, but once it did I was impressed. I can’t decide if I liked it more or less than Graceling since I read that one such a long time ago, but either way theyre both good. I agree with you, I wasn’t sure about the overlap, but it was interesting to see part of that character’s childhood.

  20. I just finished this book over the weekend. I felt like it took a little while to get going, but once it did I was impressed. I can’t decide if I liked it more or less than Graceling since I read that one such a long time ago, but either way theyre both good. I agree with you, I wasn’t sure about the overlap, but it was interesting to see part of that character’s childhood.

  21. I’ve got this one and Graceling on my shelf to be read. Might do it for the Series-palooza week. Glad to know the second is even better than the first!

  22. I’ve got this one and Graceling on my shelf to be read. Might do it for the Series-palooza week. Glad to know the second is even better than the first!

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