"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Published: 2009
Pages: 464
Rating: 5/5
Summary: It's 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 would save the kingdom.
If only she weren't afraid pf becoming the monster her father was.

Review: I couldn't help being sucked into this book!

It was a whole different story than Graceling. The main character is Fire who is the last human monster and someone that is both feared and admired. She must help her people by taking the information that the spies of the lords who want to take over the throne have. Fire must overcome her fears and make many hard decisions that will help lead her life.

Just like in Graceling, Fire is a great character. She is strong and takes control of her decisions and of her life. She was someone that was trying to find who she was and a place where she fit. The decisions that she took were hard and at times I was shocked by the decision that she did take. Little by little we got to know more of her story and where she came from.

Brigan and the others were also great characters. They each had something that made them different from each other. The reactions that they had toward Fire were all different. Some desired her while others tried to stay away from her as much as possible. Some kept secrets that through the book we got to find out. Many of them changed as different things kept happening.

I'm glad that Cashore wrote of things that other authors wouldn't dare to write about. I think that this is one of the things that makes her books so amazing. I enjoyed every second that I had reading this book. Everything about this book is simply amazing! Any reader would be lucky to get their hands on this great story!


  1. You make it sound soo good...I have not read Graceling yet, but I am thining with Fire this good I need to get my hands on both asap! Thanks for the awesome review!

  2. Great review!! I looooveeed Graceling, I can't wait to read this one, it sounds like it lives up to the first one!

  3. Great review---this is one of my favorites too. I wish she would write faster---I'm dying for Bitterblue!