Title: Fire (Graceling)

Author: Kristin Cashore

Published October 5th 2009 by Dial

Goodreads summary:

She is the last of her kind…

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.

Review:

Lordy, lordy, lordy. I bow to Kristin Cashore’s talent which is just as evident in Fire as it was in Graceling.

Obviously, having adored Graceling, I went into Fire with big expectations, but a little bit of a pouty face. Katsa and Po wouldn’t be there. I knew this and was prepared to miss them.

No offense to my favorite Gracelings, but I didn’t miss them. I didn’t miss them at all.

This was because, in Fire, Kristin Cashore once again created characters that were so utterly absorbing that I was much too busy focusing on them. The title character, Fire is vaguely reminiscent of Katsa in that they are both strong females who struggle with what they are, but each has her own distinct personality. Fire’s struggle to come to terms with what it means to embrace who she is without crossing a moral boundary line is engrossing. We also get a lot of peeks back into her past when she wonders if she used that power properly.

Fire is set in the same world as Graceling, but rather than Katsa’s kingdom and time, Cashore took us back in time and to a different kingdom. There’s different magical creatures in the lands. Where Gracelings ran rampant on Katsa’s turf, Fire’s homeland is plagued by creatures that they call monsters.

And she is one of them.

Fire is tied to Graceling by everyone’s least favorite character, Leck. With the earlier time, we see a little of Leck’s development. Honestly? I find him even more terrifying as a child than I did as an adult.

Overall rating: 5/5. Someone put Bitterblue in my hands. Now, please and thank you!