Friday, March 11, 2011

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Genre: teen fantasy and adventure
Series and book #: no series
Pages: 461
Synopsis: 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 forest 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 to help 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.


Alright, so this is my first review since I Am Number Four. And I've been reading this book for two weeks, not because it wasn't good but because I was reading it next to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But this did nothing to stop what I thought was a great book.

Cashore made a beautiful tale of a land beyond the seven kingdoms in Graceling. It's much more war-prone since there are only two kingdoms: the Dells and Pikkia. They also have creatures called monsters and they are more colorful and more deadly versions of the creatures their based after. Fire is the only remaining human monster.

I think Fire is less strong than Katsa. She is strong, and she's more powerful mentally, but she's very pampered and she's very afraid of things unlike Katsa who had this courage and confidence that she could do whatever she thought she could. Although I think Fire had many more loved ones. Towards the end of the book, she became very strong and very determined to protect the family she had built for herself.

Overall, I though Fire was an amazing read. Cashore did a splendid job weaving everything together and binding it in the end. She threw in so many twists and secrets that I didn't see coming, and she had two guys who you couldn't help but like. I thought it was a little slow at parts as Fire wasn't as much a part of the action as Katsa had been, but it was still very interesting to get inside Fire's head and try to feel like her. Her mind was very complicated and interesting, just like this book.

The Cover: I don't like this cover as much as Graceling's, probably because it has less to do with the story. But they kept the tapestry around the edges. It's still pretty to look at, too.

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