Review: Fire (The Seven Kingdoms, #2)

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Fire (The Seven Kingdoms, #2) by Kristin Cashore

Hardcover, 461 pages

Published October 5th 2009 by Gollancz

Fire, Graceling‘s prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells.

Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored– fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green– and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

Wondering what makes it a companion book/prequel? Fire takes place 30-some years before Graceling and has one cross-over character with Graceling, a small boy with strange two-colored eyes who comes from no-one-knows-where, and who has a peculiar ability that Graceling readers will find familiar and disturbing…” – Goodreads

I have to say that Fire is an awesome character. She learned by example of how she should NOT use her powers from her dad, who used them to do really bad things. It was also funny to read about Leck and how he kept trying to kidnapped her and get her to work with him to take over the world. Some other things that I really enjoyed are that she doesn’t let other people tell her what to do. She has her own mind and she wants to make the right decisions, ones that are informed. Something else that you should know about Fire, other than her power to control minds, is that she is gorgeous, because of this many people want to possess her or they are entranced by her. I don’t want to give out any spoilers so I have to stop here but definitely a great read.
Can’t wait to read the next one. Bitterblue coming out April 1st, 2011

Overall: 5 out of 5

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