Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (October 5, 2009)
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She is the last of her kind... 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.I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Fire. I liked Graceling (go read my review), but didn't love it. Everyone told me I would love Fire, and I did! The main character Fire was not as a killing machine as Katsa was in Graceling. Fire was definitely a little more humble than Katsa and not so feared. I did enjoy Fire more than Graceling, not only because of Brigan (we will get to him in a bit), but I liked the battle scenes.
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 love Fire. But if you haven't, you'll be dying to read it next.
I loved Fire's character, she was a strong woman yet needed guidance. Her gift was reading minds and persuading people to do what she wanted. She was willing to do anything for her country because she had so much passion. Her name is Fire, due to the color of her hair, red+orange+pink+gold = the color of flame. The book says that her hair is "Red, brighter than the blood soaking the pathway". Her hair attracted Raptors, which are basically monster birds with large talons that want to swoop Fire up and eat her. Or, tear her from limb to limb, and then eat her! At least that's what I got out of it, anyway. Fire had to always cover her hair while she was out of the castle, and she felt suffocated most of the time. I can see that Fire was very vulnerable at times, people either stared at her with hate, envy or desire. She didn't want children, but she wanted to love someone. Fire could have anyone, and she knew it. When she meets a handsome Prince, she begins to fall for him.
This is where I begin to talk about Brigan...
Brigan was a take charge prince, with amazing battle skills. He was quiet and strong. I loved his character so much. At first, I thought he was a jerk to Fire. I soon realized that he was not moved by her hair or beauty. Fire was actually going to have to work for Brigan's affection. Actually, in the book Brigan wasn't that good looking. But in my head, he was very dreamy. I pictured a very young Tom Selleck with thick dark hair and a nice mustache. Like I said, Brigan wasn't very nice to Fire at first, but that changed over time. He was very John Wayne in his behavior, which I liked. He knew how to swoon a woman, that was evident. He was a man's man. Manly. Should I keep going? I'm sure you get the idea.
This one one of my favorite parts, I love the protective almost possessive attitude Brigan had over Fire...
She woke, Blinking her eyes against a torch's violent light, held over her by a man she recognized as one of Brigan's squires. Behind her Brigan stirred. "Eyes on me, Ander," he snarled in a voice very wake and very unambiguous about it's expectations of being obeyed.
There were many characters that Kristin Cashore wrote about in this 480 page book, she did a fantastic job creating a magical world with monsters, battle scenes, castles, magic, and good looking princes.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Audio CD: 10 discs
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (October 5, 2009)
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The Fire audiobook read by Xanthe Elbrick
So yes, I enjoyed this book and I'm about to read Bitterblue. I'm very glad I started the series. Sometimes I feel like I could have never read this series and been just fine... then I find myself thinking about this magical world with Fire, Brigan, Katsa and Po and realize maybe I like it more than I think I do. So far this series has left quite an impression, I'm sure it's the writing by Kristin Cashore.
|5 out of 6|
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