Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Young Adult
Summary: 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 has 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.
Thoughts: Over the mountains across from Graceling is the land of Dells. It is an enchanting, wild land that is inhabited by humans and monsters. This is Fire's home. She is the last human monster. Beyond beautiful, she stops people in her tracks with her perfect skin and red flamed hair. She has the ability to sneak into people's minds. A talent that scares her more each day. When the royal family calls on her help. She goes against her own rule, to help save the kingdom and the people she loves.
I love this book and had a hard time putting it down, very much a page turner. I fell in love with Graceling and now Fire. Ms. Cashore has created two different worlds that are amazing and wondrous, that take you on a fantastic journey. The character Fire pulls you in with her beauty and her strength, she's a very lovable character. Fire is an adventure filled with intrigue, acceptance and love. This book is not to be missed.
Fire is a companion/prequel to Graceling, but there's no reading order. You don't need to read Graceling to enjoy Fire.
Score: 5 Stars
Author Website: http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/