Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Summary:

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.


Review:

I seriously can't express in words how much I LOVED this novel!

After reading Graceling, I was worried that Fire wouldn't live up to it, because Graceling was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. Though, Fire, was just as good and it went far past my exceptions.

The world Kristin Cashore created in this book was filled with love, mystery, and rich history. I adored her descriptions of Dells and the people and creatures she created within.

Fire, being one of the people/ creatures she created, was one of my favorite parts of this novel. I love how Kristin has such strong heroines in her novels that are sometimes afraid of their potential in the world even though are extremely brave and fearless. By the end, I came to admire Fire a great deal. I loved how she always put other peoples needs against her own and never stopped fighting to make Dells a better world. I also adored the royal family ( Princes Brigan, Nash, and Garan along with Princess Clara and Hanna and Queen Roen). It was funny to see their constant squabbling over how to rule the country along with how when it came to there family they would go high and above to protect each other. Lastly, Fire's guards, Archer, and Brocker, were characters I came to love and admire by the end.

Though, the thing that really just amazed me with this was book was Kristin Cashore's writing. She is an author that constantly has tricks and secrets up her selves that continue to amaze you to the end. I love how she weaved together the history, characters, and problems of Dells in a way that you felt that you were there with them. She just has magnificent talent that will become even more powerful and amazing as time goes on!

Overall, Fire is one of the most fantastic books I've read so far in '09 and I seriously can't wait for others to get their hands on this novel so that they can see the power in Cashore's writing and characters as I have!

Grade: A

Fire will be released September 5, 2009.

* Much thanks to EB for sending me a copy of this fantastic book! :)

Side Note: Even though Fire is the prequel to Graceling, I highly suggest you read Graceling before Fire. Since one of the major mysterious of Graceling is reveled in Fire's prologue and would result in ruin Graceling a bit.

31 comments:

  1. Great review. It's wonderful to see how much you loved this book , because I'm so excited it about it myself. Fire sounds like another strong fantastic heroine from Kristin Cashore. I can't wait for this one!

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  2. I didn't know it was the prequel! Very cool. I'm circulating a copy with some goodreads buddies, so I should be getting mine in the next few days... SO excited! *squeals*

    Awesome review - makes me more ansy to read it!

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  3. I am loving the book as well--soon as I finished Graceling I ran to Kristin Cashore's blog to make sure she was making a sequel (and thankfully she's making another book too XD).

    Great review!!

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  4. All I have seen are great reviews of this. I must read Graceling and get on to this quickly.

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  5. I think I have to read Graceling now. I've heard it's amazing of course, but I just never got to it! Thanks for the review.

    -Briana

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  6. Love the review. I was lucky enough to read Fire a month ago and I instantly fell in love with the book and its characters! I continue to drool in anticipation of Kristin's upcoming books!

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  7. I am SO excited for this book. SOOOO excited. :)

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  8. Fire sounds really good, and I can't wait to read it.

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  9. Since you've given this one an
    A, I'll have to make sure that I get my hands on a copy of FIRE and a copy of GRACELING!

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  10. I was a litle hesitant on reading Fire because I enjoyed Graceling so much. I didn't think this could be anywhere as good as Graceling. Now that I read the review I can't wait to read it.

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  11. Fire looks like an incredible book! A must read for me!
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  12. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the awesome non-spoiler review. I also am a huge fan of Kristin Cashore's Graceling and am looking forward to this book very much!

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  13. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of Fire, and I absolutely agree with you - a magnificent talent. Best book I've read all year!! And, if it's possible, I think she even outdid Graceling. Phenomenal!

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  14. Great review! I cannot wait for Bitterblue. I love the strong heroines Cashore has in both novels - that's major points in my book.

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  15. Loved GRACELING so much. Recommended it to so many people--YA's and adults alike. Looking forward to FIRE. Thanks for the review.

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  16. This looks so amazing! Glad to hear it lived up to GRACELING - looking forward to reading it. All the characters sound amazing.

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  17. Good review, cant wait to read the book!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. great review! I cant wait to finally read this book

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  19. Nice review! I've heard nothing but great reviews for this one. And a lot of people say it's better than Graceling. Can't wait to read it.

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  20. I enjoyed reading your review. I was already excited about this novel and now my anticipation is at an alarmingly high level:) Keep up the good work!

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  21. Great review. You really made me want to read it more.

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  22. Awesome review! Can't say that I'm surprised that you liked it so much. Gracling was AMAZING and I have high expectaions for Fire!!!

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  23. Just like always Lauren, you wrie beautiful reviews and even if I havn't read the book you make it seem like I know what happened in detail and stuff like that. :) I am so excited to read this book. I am sure that if you loved it that I will! :)

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  24. The second book must be hard for an author to write knowing the audience is going to have apprehensions and make comparisons to book one.

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  25. I've heard amazing things about this book. It's definitely going on my TBR list! (That list gets longer every day...hahaha!)

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  26. I felt exactly the same way as you! Was nervous and then absolutely couldn't believe how awesome it was. Loved, loved, loved it. And the entire cast of characters, as you say, really shines. Great review.

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  27. I haven't read Graceling or Fire but they both look so good. Thanks for the great review!

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  28. I've been wanting to read this for a loooong time. The cover is great!

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  29. Fire sounds like an awesome fantasy novel! I'm really going to have to read this one!

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