Welcome Oldies Fresh read 101.
I still hate myself for taking so long to finish this book.
Author: Kristin Cashore
Release Date: October 5, 2009
Blurb from Amazon
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. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books.
Book Cover Comments
The title doesn’t shine like Graceling does, which is slight of a bummer. And I don’t like how I can’t collect an entire series without being the same publisher haha
The cover is a reddish shade that represents Fire, our main character I guess, and her being at the back, not that it really indicates anything XD the bow and arrow indicates something if you’ve read the book. Not much goes on at the side and back, so yea.
The Actual Review
Frankly speaking, Fire didn’t live up to my expectations compared to Graceling.
Like I understand the thing with World building and that Fire takes place in the country next to the one where Graceling took place in, but I thought that it took a little bit too off from the original motif of the Graceling Realm concept.
The first book, Graceling, focuses on characters who has duo eye colors, and has the ability to do something at an excellent level. But because this book takes place somewhere else, Cashore diverted her attention to the so called “monster” Fire, which she also has some sort of supernatural ability that didn’t come from a Graceling source.
Dell City, where the story took place in, included a lot of bizzare animals, where regular animals we know have a change in color. Might as well as make a dalmation neon rainbow dalmation. I would hate it.
I wasn’t all too satisfied with what went on with the plot. In the beginning, after something happened with significant other #1, the love plot became a little predictable, which is obviously what happened in the end. And the thing with the quarrelling between significant others were pretty much the same with Graceling. I just hoped that there was a little bit more diversity here.
It was also the fact with where Fire was disappointed and upset with significant other #1, but she kept forgiving him, and kept on having a pull & push relationship, which I got really annoyed at. I just wish for a “you either dump him or have a different type of relationship” ending than the crisis significant other #1 goes into. And then Fire realises how significant other #1 is so important to her blablabla. significant other #1 was also too much of a playboy, and I just didn’t like it.
After reading Graceling, they had a preview on Fire, which includes a line saying that there’s one character that crosses over from Graceling. This character was featured in the prologue, which really got my attention and wanted to keep reading this book. But in the end, even though this character did play a role to help Fire develop her thoughts and inner self, he/she didn’t really play that big of a role.
This book also focuses a bit too much on politics, as it can’t develop much superpowers except from Fire cus she’s half monster. I understand the parts where Fire uses her ability to help others in need, but I just wished for a little bit more fantasy.
The thing that was great about this book was the revelations and secrets. Those were the most exciting parts of the book and definitely was the thing that kept me motivated to finish the book. However, the book wasn’t exactly the most interesting book I’ve read, and so most of the time, I was able to scan through some pages and understand the general idea, and then move on. And for some reason, even if I lose the plot for that scene, the pages in front doesn’t necessarily create an important backup for what’s coming next.
As it is 2:30am right now, and I’m obviously tired as hell while typing this review.
Amazon had said that it is okay to read Fire without reading Graceling, and so I recommend reading Graceling and the 3rd book, Bitterblue only. Not that I’ve read Bitterblue, but it is a direct sequel from Graceling, taking place eight years later, while Fire is an indirect prequel from Graceling, taking place at least ten years before Graceling, with the downside being the setting in a different place with no such things as Gracelings.