Posted in Young Adult Lit

Fire, by Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore
2009 Dial Books
ISBN – 9780803734616
Genre – Fantasy
Age – High School
3 Stars

Fire has the ability to control people’s minds. She is the last known human monster hybrid. Some people hate her because she is dangerous, and others are inexplicably drawn to her. Both offer her a world of danger. Because of this she protects her abilities, and refuses to use them against other humans, unless of course in times of self defense. She lives and roams in the forests of The Dells, a land that is in turmoil. Neighboring kingdoms have hopes of overthrowing King Nash and his brother Prince Brigan. It is during this time that the royal family plead with Fire to use her abilities in order to help them uncover the plots to overthrow the kingdom. Will Fire be able to help to keep peace in the Dells, or will her monstrous heritage cause more harm than good?

I liked this book. That’s really it though. After reading Graceling, I am just not all that impressed. Please also note that this is a companion novel, not a sequel, no need to read Graceling first. However if you plan on skipping one, make it this one. Fire was cool. She kind of reminded me of Merida from brave. She was independent, “brave” and although she has a heart of gold, she still struggles with her own weaknesses. So really she was this book’s savior. I didn’t really like any of the other characters, and the plot was good enough to keep me reading, but wasn’t enthralling. Honestly, I probably would have like it a lot more if I had read it before Graceling, it just didn’t stand up next to it.


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