Fire (The Seven Kingdoms, #2)
by Kristen Cashore
Published September 24, 2009
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.
After looking forward to this book for as long as I did, and having such insane expectations, I worried. And I worried some more. Then I read the prologue and first two chapters that Cashore linked to on her blog. After that, my expectations got even higher. And I got antsier.
I honestly don't see how this book could disappoint. Period.
Fire's story is fun, exciting, adventurous and heart-breaking. It's also a little more mature than GRACELING, for anyone out there wanting such a warning. However, I thought everything was handled well, and everything is there for a reason.
Going into FIRE I knew the cross-over character was Leck. And that was one of the things that worried me. I didn't want the story to be entirely about him--I was worried he'd take over. So I was pleasantly surprised that while he certainly had his part to play, his appearances were fairly short--which is good, since that kid really freaks me out.
If you liked GRACELING, you'll love FIRE. If you haven't read GRACELING, FIRE will still make sense and be a fantastic story. And if you haven't read either of them yet, get to it! You're missing out.