Monday, September 3, 2012

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (Graceling Kingsdom #2)
by Kristin Cashore
PUB Oct 5th 2009
by Dial Books
Review Copy: Personal ebook

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

Fire is the second book in the Graceling Kingdom series by Kristin Cashore. I have to say that as much as I loved Graceling I loved Fire more. 

Fire takes place in the unknown lands beyond the Seven Kingdoms called The Dells and is set years before Graceling (The link between the two books is King Leck who appears in both books, in Fire we learn more about Leck’s past and who he is and how he came to be)

Fire is the last of the human monsters and is irresistible to humans. It’s a dangerous life and seeing Fire’s struggles to build a meaningful life in a world she doesn’t fit in was really moving. It’s hard not to fall in love with Fire, she’s such a strong and amazing person.

Fire is a bit more romantic than Graceling and watching Fire and Brigan fall in love was so sweet I loved all their scenes together. At the same time, Fire is taking the first steps towards finding meaning in her life. Her father was a dangerous monster who caused a great deal of pain and heartache and Fire has always lived with that knowledge, but, as she steps out into the larger world she begins to see that her powers can be used for more than manipulation and personal gain. She is capable of bringing peace and joy to those who are suffering. 

Once again Kristin Cashore was done a fabulous job creating a strong female character who is independent and capable. These books are such a relief to anyone who has gotten stuck reading too many books with girls without the power or ability to build their own independent lives.


  1. Another fan of Fire! Personally I loved Graceling more but it's always interesting to me to see people with the opposite opinion especially because we do still love both books. It will be interesting to read your opinion about Bitterblue as I know a lot of people were disenchanted (myself included).

    1. I've heard some disappointment in Bitterblue. I'm curious...Picking a favourite between Graceling or Fire is like picking between a fresh cinnamon bun with oozy cream cheese icing or a Hot from the oven chocolate chip cookie. Both are awesome so it's a matter of personal choice.

  2. I found myself loving Fire more too. When I first read Graceling I didn't think there was any way that I could love any more book, but there was just something about Fire that truly won me over and pushed just a little bit harder and farther. Maybe it was the romance because it is one of my favorite aspects of the book. Wonderful review! :]

    1. That's how I felt too. I just assumed Fire couldn't be better than Graceling and then somehow it was. You might be right about the romance, it was a great part of Fire. Like everyone else in the book, it was impossible not to love Fire.


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