I got this book because of the VERY mixed reviews.
First I believe that no book should be banned for any reason.
That said ..Show More »some books are not appropriate for all readers.
To the people that got hung up about the "sex" scene.
The characters in this book are ADULTS. And Katsa is an assassin!!!! She has the emotion of what she is. Death on two legs.
Poe is the First person to show her any feelings at all.
To those again that went on and on about the sex scene YOU ruined a very good book for me, I kept saying "so when is this going to happen?" And it must be graphic and I really was afraid it would be, the way some had it sound, it would be pornographic. It was not. When it did happen it was in very good taste and wright for the time.
The book is PREFORMED like a play with many actors. Some may not like this, I do. It was well written and well preformed, and the story is very good.
It should not be shocking to have a strong female lead as most of the rubbish on TV is so poorly done.
I recommend Garth Nix"'s Sabriel for more of the same.
Unlike the some of the other reviewers, I actually enjoyed Fire more than Graceling. There are some big differences between these two books- they alm..Show More »ost don't belong to the same series. However, I really liked Fire, the main character, because she wasn't as hot-tempered as Katsa. I really enjoyed the conflicts between the different parts of the Dells (the country). I found this book to be engrossing, exciting, and smoother overall than Graceling.
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 rom..Show More »antic 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.
Frankly, if I had been reading the book it would have been tossed into a corner--compared to the previous two books in the series this was a serious s..Show More »noozefest. It wasn't a bad story if you were looking for a long (long) process of internal growth and endless questioning of self. But as the conclusion of a somewhat action-packed trilogy, I can only say Ugh.
I am 75% finished and only the voice of Xanthe Elbrick is keeping me going.