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