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 loveFire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.
This was a great companion book to Graceling. I did feel a little lost at first because this is technically a prequel to Graceling (I went in thinking I was going to be reading a sequel), but I thought it ties nicely into the world that Kristin Cashore painted. Cashore did a great job helping me to understand where Leck came from and just how depraved he really was from the very beginning. I’ve always thought Leck was a deliciously sociopathic villain (link to Graceling review), but a glimpse into his early years was really fascinating for me.
With Fire, Cashore created another loveable female MC for me. In a world of “monsters” that can control the minds of those around them and make people furious and crazed by their beauty, Fire is half human, half monster with beautiful orange and red hair. However, above all else, she tries not to control those around her, and she puts a lot of thought into how to use her powers for the better. Also, like Graceling’s Katsa, Fire comes to realize who she is, what she wants, and where she’s going. It’s really cool to read it as it happens.
After being stuck in the world of dystopians for a while, this high fantasy series is a breath of fresh air. I would give Fire five out of five stars, and I would recommend Fire and the Graceling series to anyone who loves fantasy.