Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fire by Kristin Cashore (Review)

Fire by Kristin Cashore: Book Cover
She is the last of her kind... 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.

Following in the footsteps of Graceling, Fire equally measures up in intensity, romance, and action. Graceling was amazing but, Fire taking place in the Dells (a land separated by mountains and completely different from the Seven Kingdoms) and 30 years earlier than Graceling was amazing times 100 thousand times in my mind. 

The main character Fire is not a Graceling but in what the dells call a human monster and the last of her kind, and has the power to control minds. Fire with her bright red hair attracts attention, and when the Kingdom is about to go to war, King Nash and his brother the Commander of the Armies Brigan come to ask for her help. With her help they try to figure out the evil intentions of the two opposing armies, and in the end Fire ends up letting go of the past and embracing the future. And allowing myself to realize maybe its time to embrace who I am, instead of holding onto some old hates.

Another character that I really appreciated and liked was Brigan, he over comes a lot of things in this story and one is the fact of hating Cansrel, Fire's father. Brigan in away is the handsome man that everyone really would like to get to know, he's charming, smart, handsome (as I've mentioned before) and all together brilliant. ***SPOILER ALERT*** (highlight to see) In the end Brigan  gives up his grievances against Cansrel and over comes his hate for Fire and falls for her, and she for him. Giving this book the little bit of romance that it deserves. ***END*** Brigan like the rest of the characters over comes things through his life, which he has constantly been fighting to keep (since Cansrel wanted to kill him...), and in the end some of those things are resolved for him.

Along with Brigan and Fire were also Nash and Archer. I found King Nash brave, and a great man to be ruling the country, even though he was a little unconfident at times. Nash was a man that like all the others would fall easily for any women and well that sometimes got on my nerves. The other character Archer, Fire's best friend and lover, I completely didn't hate, but didn't love. He was too possessive of Fire, I see why he was but, his whole life circled around her, and he acted like he just wanted to keep her locked up in a room her whole life. Which annoyed me. But in the end he was a brave character, always putting his life on the line for anyone, and following suspicion when need be.

Other characters would include the Twins, Brigan and Nash's sister and brother, Clara and Garan. I loved reading the book when Clara came around, she was just so brave and the position she played in the story made her in my mind even more amazing. Garan, was unresponsive to anyone except his close family members and the girl he fell in love with. But Garan's health problems always affected what he could do to help in the war, and made me sypathetic to him and like him in a way.

Now the link between Graceling and Fire is a two colored eyed boy. I'm not going to give away his name but he played a semi small role in this book, but helped Fire find her true self in the end. And well that's all I'm going to say about that two colored eyed boy.

At the end of the story I learn somethings romance things that surprised me but I saw coming in away, and these things were good. In the end Fire ends perfectly and I think leads us wandering, if you hadden't read Graceling what was coming next for the Dells/ Seven Kingdoms. I'm really looking forward to Bitterblue the next book. And with the small amount of romance, great fantasy and great fight scenes these are all the reasons I gave this book, Fire like Graceling the top rating on the music note scale a four. 

Sequel (Since Fire is the Prequel): Graceling
Upcoming Publishes: Bitterblue (Not yet scheduled for publishing.)


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