Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fire

Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy Book #2
Pages: 461
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Summary: (From Goodreads)
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. She is the last of her kind . . .

My Review:
  I originally tried to read Fire about a month after I finished reading Graceling, the first book by Kristin Cashore. It was definitely just me, since at the time I was reading it jaggedly and not paying attention to the book. Eventually, I got bored, and returned it to the library. Man, I should kick myself for the mistake. After a few months, I decided to try it again. Wow, I am so glad I did.

  Fire is Graceling's prequelish book. It's technically the sequel, but there is no relation between the stories, except for one character and the overall setting.

 I loved the characters in Fire. Well, liked them or hated them. I'll start with the one I hated the most. I'll say first that they were all well-developed characters, and interesting, but I still disliked them. Archer was the character I hated most. I was always annoyed about him and Fire. What is up with them? They claim to be just friends, but it seems like alot more. I also hated him for being extremley sexist to all women, but he also did not respect them. As for Fire, she was a great main character, and I could natrually feel her emotions, espically shame at herself. I always felt sorry for her, and as she was the last human moster, she was a naturally entertaining and interesting character. As for the other characters such as Hanna, Brigan, Nash, and Clara were also all entertaining characters, and it really showed how they had very special and different bonds with Fire. The thing I loved about Fire was the character relationships, how they support Fire, and make her change the way she views herself.  And if you have read Fire, aren't Brigan and Fire the world's most perfect couple?

  I really like the more old-fashioned approach to the setting of The Dells. They ride on horses, do archery, and all ladies have to act "proper." I think I originally became interested in books that have more past and old-fashioned themes because of Graceling, and Fire was not any different.

 Overall, what a gripping and interesting novel! Fire is the second book, and the next book is Bitterblue, which also has different main characters and a different story line than Graceling or Fire. Countdown to Bitterblue........


1 comment:

Athena Reader said...

Not that there's anything wrong with this. . . But haven't you reviewed Fire twice already on this blog?