Fire

Fire

Book - 2009
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In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780142415917
9780803734616
0803734611
Characteristics: 461 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm.

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EmmaHong2006
Jul 27, 2017

This book is really AWESOME~~
Romance, action, power, love this book has it all! > <
I personally think this book is the most fun ( does that sound right?) from the trio~

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Alirox02
May 15, 2017

Cool concept, cool world, not as cool as the books that came before it.

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Shadow_Blade
Apr 11, 2017

Even better than the first book, in my opinion. Nice plot, and I liked the characters.

mvkramer Dec 14, 2016

Like Bitterblue, this book gets the prestigious "Stayed Up Late Reading" award - it is compulsively readable. Fire is a strong heroine who isn't an "action girl". She basically has superpowers, but is terrified of them. Will she be able to accept them and herself to save her kingdom and the people she cares about? Great book. Compelling plot and excellent characters. I loved it!

MelifluousView Dec 10, 2016

Just when I thought I couldn't love Kristin Cashore's writing more, I came back around to this prequel to Graceling, and loved it even more than Graceling & Bitterblue. Fire is the lonely beauty who doesn't exploit her powers and eventually accepts that she is not her father. I am still thinking about her weeks later.

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queen_of_terrasen
Sep 12, 2016

This is my favorite book in the whole trilogy. This book really embraces the idea that even if you are ugly on the outside you aren't necessarily on the outside. Fire is a human monster, and yet she is good hearted and kind, the complete opposite of her father.

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Borealis7
Jul 20, 2016

Loved it! This book is a great sequel book to the epic Graceling. I couldn't leave this book other than when I had to. I greatly recommend it to others.

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kiwi_bookworm
Jan 24, 2016

Better than Graceling, but I wish the characters in Fire would be in the other two books in the series. Love the romance between Fire and Brigan!!!!

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ryner
Nov 10, 2015

In The Dells, some otherwise normal-looking creatures are born with vibrant-hued hair and a hunger for the meat of other "monsters" like them. Fire is a human monster, with flaming red hair that she must keep under wraps to avoid unwanted attention, human and otherwise. While out hunting with her bow she finds herself the target of a poacher on her friend Archer's lands, and this seemingly accidental act sets into motion a tale of both mystery and adventure involving kings, queens, assassins, friendship and secrets.
It is difficult to sum up my feelings about this book, primarily because so much of it was long-winded and forgettable. While I devoured Graceling, I wasn't quite as enamored with Fire. Her story was simply not as compelling, and didn't do justice to the unique and intriguing world the author has created. I would have liked to hear less about how other monsters constantly thirsted for Fire's blood in exchange for additional character development. That said, I'm still looking forward to Bitterblue!

BostonPL_AnnaD Jul 31, 2015

Title/Author: Fire by Kristin Cashore

Read by: Anna, Teen Central Librarian

Summary: Fire is the last monster human alive, with the ability to read minds. When spies start appearing in the Dells with foggy brains, the king pleads with her to help with the interrogations, to figure out who means well and who doesn’t. But she doesn’t want to hurt anyone the way her father did and she considers interrogation almost inhumane. And yet, if she doesn’t help the king, war will break out and the kingdom could be lost.

Series/Standalone: Book 2 in the Graceling trilogy, but can be read as a standalone

Genre/sub-genre: Fantasy

Diversity: There are characters with mobility issues

Relatable characters: yes

Would I re-read?: Maybe

Personal thoughts: I enjoyed reading this, though I think I enjoyed the first book, Graceling, even more. Again, there is a romance in this story, but it doesn’t take over the story, and it doesn’t have the traditional ending most romances have, which I appreciated. The main character is strong, but also has weaknesses, which was also appreciated. She was realistic in that way. There is one more book in this trilogy, Bitterblue, which I am intending to read next!

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KatieStringer
Aug 25, 2016

You're the queen, and it's the queen's house, and whatever Brigan may accomplish, he's highly unlikely ever to be queen.

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KatieStringer
Aug 25, 2016

Dear Brigan, she thought to herself. People want incongruous, impossible things. Horses do, too.

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KatieStringer
Aug 25, 2016

There will be no yelling at people who are bleeding themselves to unconsciousness.

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KatieStringer
Aug 25, 2016

Great! He has indigestion, so let's torture him with cake.

" All right, all right. I was only testing that you were awake and in your right mind. The sight of you taking a nap against the bookshelf doesn't inspire confidence."

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readingqueen26
Jul 25, 2016

Fire lives in the land of the Dells and she is a monster. In Dells, there are monsters and regular animals. Monster animals constantly try to overcome the human mind, but most men and women in Dells have learned how to protect their minds. There were only 2 human monsters, Fire and her dad Cansrel. Cansrel was a dangerous being who did very bad things. Fire is very different, and is trying very hard to not be her father. Lord Archer is Fire's jealous lover. On the other hand, there is a land (or rather 7 kingdoms) that Dell doesn't yet know about which contains Gracelings. Gracelings are humans with 2 different colored eyes and are born with a special skill, such as an extremely good swimmer or an expert mathematician, a great soldier, or occasionally...a mind reader. In the beginning of the book, a boy is introduced as Immiker who is from the 7 kingdoms and when Fire meets him eventually, he proves to be a bad human. This is because he is a Graceling with the power to spread lies that other people will spread and believe with only confusion left behind. Back on Fire's side, the royal family calls her to court because a series of men have been killed in the dungeons, each with a single arrow, which means that it must be a very good archer, opposed to the royal family. This becomes extremely important because the Dells are on the brink of a war with other lords, such as Lord Mydogg and Lord Gentian.

LPL_RachaelH Jun 25, 2014

Fire is the last human monster alive and everyday is a fight, with herself and others, to hold on to the little piece of comfort she's found. Monsters are beautiful and their beauty gives them the ability to control anyone they want. Although Fire knows not to use her ability for wrong doing, she is hated and feared by almost everyone in the Dells. Now Fire is traveling away from the comfort and safety of her home in the woods and onto a journey that could change everything.

Fire is no ordinary girl. She is part monster. A creature so beautiful that most people can't control themselves. Fire travels to the king's city to aid him in the upcoming war. But when she meets Brigan. She is reminded of her fathers cold eyes. She has to decide between helping her kingdom or her friend.

stephaniehjones Mar 24, 2012

This is the prequel to Graceling. The second in the Seven Kingdoms series.

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mvkramer Dec 14, 2016

Violence: Monster attacks. References to torture. Some murders.

mvkramer Dec 14, 2016

Sexual Content: Implied sex. References to rape. Non-graphic.

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