Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Review: Fire

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.

After reading Graceling, I was screaming for more, when I found out that Fire was set 25 years before Graceling, I was a little disappointed. However Cashore has shown herself to be a creative and imaginative writer and I was still very excited to read this. Once again Cashore proved herself to be a wonderful creator, the Monsters that she created were beautiful, stunning beings in glamorous colours. Amongst all the hate and death the Monsters bring, Cashore created a girl who's biggest fear was to be a Monster like his father.

Fire has the most stunning red hair, her beauty is a gift and a curse, she can never be ugly and will forever remain beautiful, even when injured or maimed. Fire is a Monster like her father, but she does everything possible to not become her father, a brute who did not care about the humans that he lived among. Fire is gifted with something that could be deadly, she is able to read minds and change a person's thoughts. The King of the Dells wants her for her gift, but he also can't resist her beauty and draw.

From Fire's story, we see a determined, strong-willed girl face things she never thought she would have to face. She found love where it seemed she was doomed to be alone forever and she constantly has to prove that she is a Monster that has a heart and won't misuse her powers on innocents. 

I loved Cashore's setting and time period, the powers she gives her characters are fascinating and intriguing. Her way of writing is easy and interesting to read, although I found that this book was not as enjoyable as Graceling, due to its high amounts of romance and very little action. However I like this book a lot, all of Cashore's characters are interesting and while not all of them are like-able, she takes you on a journey so that at the end, you cannot forgive the evil characters but you understand them.

I would recommend this to fantasy lovers who greatly enjoy romance with a teeny bit of action. Also to people who love to read something different and unique.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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