Book Review: Fire

Fire (Graceling Realm #2)Image
Kristin Cashore
Young Adult Fantasy
Published: 2009
Publisher: FireBird

                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.


                I really enjoyed Fire. Despite complaints that I’ve seen in regards to Fire character I found her engaging and believable because I know firsthand that beauty can be a curse. Beauty can also leave you feeling entitled and considering Fire is so very desirable I find her to fit the role quite well.
                Fire is sweet, sensitive and trying to figure out how to deal with her past while forging a happy future, the sins of our past can really detour us from the potential we all hold and I believe Fire does a fantastic job bringing that to light. I was very pleased that she did out use her powers for selfish gain and that her uses of power were to either defend her-self or help defend the kingdom.
                I really enjoyed the character developments and how the relationships between characters evolved and changed throughout the course of the book. I found all the characters had a strong voice, strong personalities and were all easily imaginable as I read through the book. They all blended in nicely. My only issue with character development was with Leck, since he is mentioned in the prologue I figured he would have a more definitive role in ‘Fire’ however, he was hardly mentioned at all and I found that part of the novel to fall flat, which is why I’ve given Fire four stars instead of five.  I was really looking forward to his development and the issues he’d bring so I was very disappointed in that regard.
                Thought that Kristin Cashore did a great job describing grief; grief is a dark, depressing, and horrible feeling, it was written truthfully and in a way that you identify with.
                I really enjoyed this novel and I am very much looking forward to reading BitterBlue.
                Have you read Fire? What did you think about it?


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Fire

  1. Nice review! I have seen quite a few negative reviews, it’s confusing because I already have it but don’t know if I should read it.

    Would you say it would be okay to start with this book and then go back to book 1?

    • no, read Graceling first. It’s better I think. Part of the reason I think it’s getting so many negative reviews is because they can’t relate to the character or… something. I don’t know, it’s about a girl who is impossibly beautiful so I think people are getting to caught up in regards to that. I thought she was a strong character and believable personally and I’m the first one to hate on characters that are shallow and petty. 🙂 I think you’d enjoy it honestly, could be wrong but think you would. However, start with Graceling, very good novel. I really like this authors writing style too sooo yeah 🙂

  2. I’m in the group of people who have some issue finding Fire believable as a character. I can definitely buy into the argument that beauty can be an inconvenience, but I would have liked to see just a scattering of character who didn’t think Fire was the most amazing thing they’ve ever seen–and then react jealously (women) or in love (men) as a result. Even the animals in the story were nuts about her. Basically, I found the idea that every single person in the world was obsessed with Fire a bit hard to swallow.

    That said, I really did enjoy the book. Cashore is such an engaging writer, and she revealed a lot about Leck in this book that was intriguing.

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