Fire by Kristin Cashore (October 6th 2009--Dial)
Grade: 3.7 stars out of 5
Summary: “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”
Review: I read this book back in April, wrote a bit for the review then promptly lost interest in said review. So please bare with me as I have no recollection of the finer details.
While Graceling overpowered me with its elegance and interest, Fire did not have the same oomph factor. Fire shows a very much similar style to Graceling, but what made me love Graceling so much was because of Katsa. Here she was, a high powered woman who can defeat anyone she wishes. Fire was weaker, both mentally and physically. She depended quite a bit on others more so than I liked in some ways.
First off the prologue. Originally I thought that it had no place whatsoever in Fire, it deemed more appropriate in Graceling. But as the story progressed I realized the truth. To say I was astounded, pleased, and giddy with how clever the author was can be the gist of it. It was just beyond perfect of how the pieces laid out, a compact little cube to me.
I must say that Cashore’s attempt with romance isn’t her forte. Some might disagree but after reading many other books that excelled in that area I have to reassess how I feel. It’s that jumping off point that’s awkward to me.
Okay my mind just went blank. I think that is its way of saying that this review is done.
Overall: I may be one of the oddballs who liked Graceling more than Fire....
I like the UK cover more…just saying. No offence US cover.