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Fire (A Companion to Graceling) Paperback – January 25, 2011
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"Cashore's prose has matured, growing piercing and elegant..." --Horn Book, starred review
"Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious." --Kirkus, starred review
"Surpasses Cashore's debut and paves the way for further exploration of a world in which readers will happily immerse themselves." -- Horn Book
"...tension...keeps the pages turning." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Meanwhile, King Nash is struggling to hold on to his kingdom as enemies from the north and south threaten to overthrow him. Both Nash and his brother Brigan distrust Fire for the havoc her father wreaked on the kingdom before his death, and Brigan would like nothing more than for Fire to be killed. But now, unless they find a way to resolve their differences and work together, they'll never win the impending war.
In this prequel to Graceling, Kristin Cashore has woven an intricate and brilliant tale that reveals a whole new world beyond Katsa's seven lands, full of fantastic creatures, strange powers, and a land teeming with political tension. For the most part, the characters in Fire are made more mature than Graceling's protagonists by the complexities of their past. Fire is a strong heroine, tough and fiercely independent, but loyal and kind through and through. She is genuinely thoughtful, and her concern for others stands out, especially as she struggles to reconcile her own nature and her father's actions with who she wishes to be.
The beginning of the book is slightly slow, but in no time at all it speeds up as Fire is launched out of her comfortable world and into an unknown and dangerous one. Cashore's plot is wonderfully complex and elaborate, but tight and solid. Fire also deals with many emotions--guilt, regret, fear, love, and empathy--in a very affecting way. Cashore is a master at using all of these elements to create a suspenseful, surprising, and totally engaging read.Read more ›
FIRE takes place in the same world as GRACELING, but there is little crossover. It's a prequel, set at least a decade before GRACELING, and only one character appears in both books. The two can be read in any order.
The story takes place in the Dells, where there are monsters but no gracelings. Monster horses, monster mice, monster leopards, monster versions of every species - including people. The monsters are identified by their vivid coloring - "A dappled grey horse in the Dells was a horse. A sunset orange horse was a monster." - and they are so beautiful that onlookers, mesmerized, simply offer themselves up as prey. Mesmerizing beauty is a dangerous enough quality in a predatory animal - in a monster person, it is inevitably wedded to powers of mind control. Two years before FIRE begins, the Dells were nearly destroyed by a monster human, Cansrel, who used his political influence to bring the country to the brink of war.
Fire, the heroine, is Cansrel's daughter. The only living monster human in the Dells, at seventeen she is burdened by a terrible fear that she is evil like her father, and profound guilt because of his misdeeds. She hides her beauty, which drives other humans insane with desire, lives in an isolated corner of the kingdom, and uses her powers of mind-control as rarely as possible. Fire's closest friend and sometime lover, Archer, thinks she is only safe when alone in a room, behind stone walls.Read more ›
Others have attempted to describe this story but they have failed badly. "Graceling" was about survival against all odds, this is a familiar type of story for most fantasy readers and it was easy for us to fall in love with it.
"Fire" is about wounds, both emotional and physical, and how people deal with them. This is a highly unusual and demanding story both for the writer and the reader. Cashore handles the subject with impressive grace and wit but perhaps drives the characters (and the readers) too far which explains most of the negative comments. Many reviewers, for example, comment on excessive sex in the story, excessive sex is just one of the many ways that people wound themselves and each other and so it is altogether appropriate to this story.
I was equally impressed by the size and depth of both the story and the required body of knowledge to support it.Read more ›
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I really liked this one. The female lead isn't as strong as in Graceling though. She's subtly strong. I enjoyed this.Published 7 hours ago by Krista Busselle
Great characters and plot...perfect for fans of Harry Potter, LOTR, Game of Thrones, etc.Published 3 days ago by Brent
I loved this book. It was so much better than I'd hoped, and Fire is an amazingly relatable character. I loved it.Published 5 days ago by Amber Hughes
I put off reading this a long time because of the high price and the incomprehensible preview, but read it recently when I ran out of other stuff. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Robert Shuler
I loved this book. Do I wish she had had a kid? Of course. Maybe we'll get a glimpse in the next book that she does? Read morePublished 14 days ago by Harleyquinn47
A female protagonist with vibrant red hair and the skills of compelling those with a weaker mind. Did I also mention she is half monster? Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fire is a fantasy book about a girl who is a telepathic, mind-controlling monster, a mutation of a normal species. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Michael Smith