Author: Kristen Cashore
Published: 5th October 2009
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Rating: **** (4 Stars)
About: 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.
Review: Ok, so it’s pretty clear that I really enjoy books that create another world. The idea of just being transported to another place completely is really just the icing on the cake for me.
So it goes without saying that I really did enjoy this book.
However, I must explain why I gave this book a 4 star rating. So I understand the premise that she’s the most beautiful woman/monster out there, but why must it be repeated on what feels like every single page? I got the notion right from the start, so I felt that it just became a bit repetitive.
There is nothing really wrong with this book. The story idea is entertaining. The characters become better towards the end of the book, as we can really understand them as people.
Cashore is excellent when it comes to describing the scenes in the book and the action sequences that occur. There is just the right amount of detail given to keep the reader interested.
However, in comparison to her first book Graceling the pace does feel a little slower, but I think I prefered the writing style in this book.
Also, Fire was pretty kick-ass and a strong, independent woman. The way the story builds up is admittedly slow but by the end it works really well. You have to be patient when reading this book (and bear in mind that it is kind of long), because you only gets bits of information here and there and then all of a sudden something big happens and you’re like wow I didn’t see that coming.
But then at the same time it sometimes just feels like these big reveal moments come out the blue?
I feel like you really have to be in the right frame of mind to read this book, because I feel that it might be hard for some to get in to.
BUT I do recommend this book for anyone who wants to be transported into another world and just be completely absorbed into its story. It is a good read and definitely worth your time but you’ll either love or you’ll hate it.