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.
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!
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.