Fire - Kristen Cashore
Author: Kirstin Cashore
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy fiction
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Description: 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 had 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. (via Goodreads.com)
Thoughts: Thought that this particular book was the best book in the series so far (am comparing this with Graceling) and the story in this book was fairly straight forward. There wasn't anything mentioned from Graceling that made it feel like you had missed too much from the previous book. As the subtitle on the cover suggests, it seemed to be more of a companion piece than a sequel to Graceling. And while there were times that I felt like that I had lost the storyline, it was always quickly found again and one could make their way back into the story. It was coherent enough that I am seriously considering finishing off the series.
Bottom line: As with Graceling, this is for individuals who like their fantasy in a medieval type of world and would also recommend it for those that have read the Song of Fire & Ice series (Game of Thrones) and would like something similar.
Pages for 2012: 16795