A must-read title for all fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Trudi Canavan, Fire is an exceptional fantasy novel. From the deft characterisation to the gripping story, the fast-paced action to the evocative prose, this is one of the strongest fantasy novels of the year.
Set in a world of stunningly beautiful, exceptionally dangerous monsters, Fire is one of the most dangerous monsters of all - a human one. Marked out by her vivid red hair, she's more than attractive. Fire is mesmerising.
But with this extraordinary beauty comes influence and power. People who are susceptible to her appeal will do anything for her attention, and for her affection. They will turn away from their families, their work, and their duties for her. They will forget their responsibilities to please her and worse, crush nations, neglect kingdoms and abuse their power.
Aware of her power, and afraid of it, Fire lives in a corner of the world away from people, and away from temptation. Until the day comes when she is needed - a day when, for her king, she has to take a stand not only against his enemies, but also against herself.
©2009 Kristin Cashore (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
Set in a different location but same world as Graceling, there is only one character familiar to readers of the first book. The story has a broad romantic streak through it - if you enjoyed the relationship of the protagonists in Graceling you'll enjoy more of the same in Fire. It is still a fantasy novel though, and fantasy themes are fundamental to the story.
Only if they liked Graceling, I didnt find the story as enjoyable as Graceling.
Smooth voice, good pacing, good voice characterisations
This is a different story to Graceling, so fans of that book may be disappointed. Or like me, it may just grow on you if you give it a go.
After graceling, this book was somewhat of a let down. I had high expectations, but it wasn't until at least halfway through that the story became at least a little interesting. Overall I felt that it was a disappointing addition to the series.
I was so relieved that the lead character is as charismatic as the one from Graceling. the story ties in enough that you feel a continuity as well as a sense your eyes being opened. The land is mystical, magical and so exquisitely crafted, I didn't want to leave. I was so sad when the book finally ended, not because the ending wasn't GREAT, but because it was the end.
Loved it, if you liked the first, treat yourself to Fire
Really enjoyed this story, as I enjoyed the author's previous book in this series. Credible characters. Action with a little romance as well. The reader is also nice to listen to.
"Blown Away - my new favourite Fantasy writer"
This book captured my whole imagination. The story was more ambitious than Graceling and I preferred the romance in this novel as it had a slower build.
The fantasy elements were amazing, I loved the descriptions of King City and colourful monsters. (This trilogy deserves to be shelved in Fantasy not YA.)
I think I must have a very similar sense of humour to Cashore because I grinned a lot while reading this.
"A great sequel"
If you loved Graceling, you will enjoy its sequel, Fire. Kristin Cashore is winning again with painting her imaginary world with a thoroughly creative and generous brush. The vivid colours and enchanting monsters will make you want to listen to this book in one go. Great series!
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