Fire by Kristin Cashore

February 21, 2011

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 the second book in the Graceling Series.  If you have not read the first, what are you waiting for?  I don't know why it took me so long to read it either.   I hesitated giving "Fire" 4 stars only because I wanted more romance (and kissing) and for it to happen quicker.  Cashmore has a very slow going way of unveiling the romance.  Slower here than Graceling, but because the world and overall story is so strong and the characters so rememberable (even if their names are hard to remember) I loved the story.  It's medieval meets fantasy, in a very realistic world.  There's the action and intricacies of war without detailing battle scenes.  There are other romances and twists and love triangles around every corner.  This book is set in different world than Graceling but the two worlds are connected.  So you will be learning new territories.  Also, (mini SPOILIER) it happens before the time of King Leck.  From what Cashmore wrote in describing book 3, Bitterblue, I believe the two worlds will collide. And I have a sneaky feeling who Bitterblue will fall in love with.

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  1. I really liked FIRE. I ended up loving GRACELING more, but they were both really good. I didn't realize there was a third book in the works or already released. I'm going to check that out now.

  2. Bethany, I'm not sure what information you will find on the net about the next book. The Bitterblue information I read was in the back of the paperback of Fire. Kristin Cashore said the title "Bitterblue" had not been confirmed yet and she is still writing it. So it will be a while before it comes out. Have you read Kristen Cashore's blog? She is so darn witty and odd. I love her.

  3. I've never even seen this book before! Sounds interesting!

  4. Nicole you love historical romances, these books are set in medieval castle settings with a slow building romance but really good. They are YA with fantasy historical paranormal romance. (Yes, that's a made up category smarty pants.) They are worth reading but buy used if you are leery or borrow but worth it. Start with Graceling, it's the first book in the series.

  5. As you know, I LOVE Graceling. One of my all-time favorites. But I haven't read Fire!! I loved Graceling so much I'm hesitant to try Fire, especially since it isn't a direct sequel.... I'm sure I will though :)

  6. Diana, the romance is a lot slower than Graceling but the story is way more paranormal with exotic creatures. And the way it ties into Graceling TOTALLY cool! You should read it. I think Bitterblue will be awesome.


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