Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms #2) by Kristin Cashore.
Publisher: Dial.
Pages: 461.
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 an 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.
Fire is a wonderful companion to Graceling that certainly met my expectations; the same gorgeous writing with a new cast of compelling characters (except for one) and new battles to face. I will admit that it doesn’t compare to my love for Graceling, and none of the characters come even close to replacing my love for Katsa and Po, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

I started off confused. Very, very confused. And to be honest, a little put off. Colored animals called “monsters?” It was a bit odd, even for the Graceling world. But the more I read, the more the confusion subsided and the oddness began to start to feel natural. Then I was completely enraptured in Fire; her gift, her beauty that is both despised and desired and the slow relationship between her and Prince Brigan.

I did wish to see more of Leck though. Like Graceling, he seemed to have such a pivotal role and I think his presence and part in the story towards the end was just too extravagant for his small moments leading up to it.

Overall, Kristin Cashore has outdone herself with Fire. It’s another terrific fantasy novel, with all of the adventure and romance and intensity that we all loved in Graceling. If you’ve read Graceling, I definitely recommend you go out and get this one ASAP!

Other reviews for Fire:
The Compulsive Reader.
And Another Book Read.
The Hiding Spot.
Em's Bookshelf.


  1. I loved Fire as well. Not as much as Graceling but I love Cashore's strong-willed, kick ass female characters! :D Can't wait to get my hands on Bitterblue....whenever it may be!

  2. I love both books equally, but I think I can identify with Fire a little more than Kasta. Po will always be on my list of fictional crushes, though. :)

  3. I also loved this book! I didn't connect to Fire as much as I did to Katsa (Katsa's got to be one of my favorite characters ever). I can't wait for Bitterblue! There's a rumor that it'll come out this year--oh lordy I hope so!

  4. This is actually one of my favorite books :)


  5. I just finished and loved it too! I agree with took me time to connect with Fire but I liked her none the less!

  6. I remember having a hard time getting into this one also, but I ended up liking it even more than Graceling! I need Bitterblue ASAP!!! :)

  7. I had problems with the "monsters" too. I wanted to know how they came about and wasn't satisfied and I also didn't REALLY see the point for them being there. I loved Graceling more too, Archer made me too mad to really enjoy Fire.

    The writing of Leck's character is AMAZING and it still gives me goosebumps over a year later.