Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Praise of Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire is just as good as Graceling, but has a different theme, although the characters have much in common. Fire is much less stubborn and open with her feelings, but both Katsa and Fire share their aversion of having children, although for entirely different reasons.

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Series: The Seven Kingdoms, Book 2

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 5 stars

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.

(From Goodreads.com)

Review:

Fire is just as good as Graceling, but has a different theme, although the characters have much in common. Fire is much less stubborn and open with her feelings, but both Katsa and Fire share their aversion of having children, although for entirely different reasons. It seems that Kristin Cashore attempted to stick her same anti-marriage and children message into Fire, where it fit just as badly as in Graceling (my only issue with this book is the message). Also, Fire and Katsa each have their own special powers and fight the same sort of antagonist with powers of his own.

The monsters in this book are a very original idea that is simple enough to be well-explained, but complex enough to keep you guessing and surprised with Fire’s powers. The intrigue, military strategizing, and romance in this book are immensely well-written, keeping everything understandable and engaging at the same time.

As with Graceling, I wrote a review/summary for this book many years ago (again, minor spoilers):

Though this book is the second in the Seven Kingdoms series, it only has one character in common with Graceling. Fire isn’t about the “Graced,” and takes place in a bordering kingdom called the Dells. The Dells have a problem with monsters, which look like any other normal animal, but have brightly colored fur, feathers, or hair, in a human monster’s case.  Fire is the only human monster still alive in the Dells, and doesn’t want to bring another one into the world. Fire has bright red hair, hence the name, and is so beautiful she avoids mirrors altogether to stop herself from falling under her own enchantment. Another monster power she possesses is the ability to see and control minds, which comes in handy when she travels to the King’s City and gets caught up in the war and politics there. This book is very romantic, like Graceling, and wonderfully adventurous and action-packed.

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This entry was posted on March 22, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Favorites, Review, Young Adult and tagged , .
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