Apr 19, 2012

Review: Fire, by Kristin Cashore

By: Annie
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
SERIES: Graceling Realm #2

Rating: ★★★★★
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.
Fire is a novel by Kristin Cashore, it is a companion to “Graceling” (Kristin Cashore’s first book in the Graceling realms series). It is one of the most magical and marvelous stories that I’ve ever read. It tells a story in the “Dells” (a different but near place in which Graceling takes place), a place full of monsters “A monster is a variation of a regular animal, but the fur, skin, claws, feather, etc., are stunning colors such as magenta, baby blue, gold, black, silver, green, and more. They are creatures that are more vicious than normal, and thirst each other’s blood above all. These monsters also have powers. They are incredibly alluring to humans and other animals, and can control others minds.” and the book talks about of a girl named “Fire”, the last human monster, “she has flaming pink, red, orange, and gold hair and a face of unparalleled beauty”. It is not a peaceful time in the Dells though, war is coming, and a story that you’ll certainly love, you’ll laugh, and perhaps cry as this fabulous story draws you inside its magnificent world.
This is a fantasy novel that has romance, a bit of drama, suspense, adventure and more! Kristin Cashore plots an amazing story with incredible characters that have their own personality and fragrance, Fire resembles Katsa (the principal character in Graceling) a bit in a way, but she has her own mind and different personality. It is a beautiful book that will keep you into it the whole time and that makes justice to Graceling’s adventures.
It is kind of a dark book in perspective (as Kristin Cashore said) because of the story it tells, and I believe the dark character it involves, Cansrel (Fire’s dad and the only other human monster in history). And it re-introduces the also dark character of Leck, giving his background story.
Kristin Cashore’s talent at writing is demonstrated here as in Graceling, her personal experiences and feelings are portrayed in the strong and powerful heroine character she created. I completely loved both books (Graceling and Fire) and certainly could pick a favorite, but each one makes you think of different things that relate to life, like at the end of Fire, (I won’t say how it ends to not spoil anyone), but the end of Fire gets me every time I read it, I just find it beautiful and deep in a way.
This is a 100% must read for everyone. And a total recommendation from bookstalkers,(stalking the best books for your benefit).
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