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."
My Review: And I thought Graceling was good! Fire is amazing! I still think Graceling is a tad better than Fire, but Fire is still a brilliant companion novel to Graceling. Fire was an amazing character, intelligent and real, and she was someone I really felt bad for. The "monsters" that Cashore created were very intriguing and had slight undertones of social commentary on the treatment of minorities in our world---at least, that's what I saw. The characters were all very interesting, especially Cansrel, her father, and Brigan, the young prince. I loved seeing Fire's maturity and growth as the book went on and the plot was just amazing. Also, it was great as a prequel (of sorts) to Graceling because you really got to see where King Leck came from. Cashore created an intense and vibrant new world within the world of Graceling and I LOVED it! A midst all the overdone dystopians and paranormal romances, these books truly stand out. I can't wait for the third book, Bitterblue, set to come out spring or summer of 2012!
Cover: This cover is really pretty and it fits perfectly with Fire as a character and the book itself. Love it!
Overall Grade: A+