Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fire By: Kristin Cashore

 I could not WAIT to get my hands on this book. After reading Graceling, I simply wanted more of Katsa and Po ASAP!
However, as I continued to read this book and finally came to the conclusion that this story was probably not about Katsa, I was not disappointed. No not at all.

         If you all are thinking what a Nut I am for not knowing this was a prequel, let me just say that my copy of Fire says "A Companion to Graceling" and not "A Prequel to Graceling" (like it does in the picture) and so I naturally thought the story would continue on following Katsa and Po! LOL. Also, as I've mentioned before, I have this weird thing with usually avoiding reading the backs of books, (I know, I know, I don't really get it myself) and so yes, I delved into this book eagerly anticipating where I would find Katsa and Po.
          Fire is set in the same world of Graceling, but in a different land. The characters are all new--except for an appearance from one frightening character from Graceling-- and is a story all on its own. It's a story that takes place in a land where there are no Gracelings, but monsters. These magical creatures that influence all those that come in contact with them by their incomparable beauty and array of many colors are not confined to the race of humans as Gracelings are. There are monster insects, animals, and humans! Monsters have the power to read minds, not just control them, but see into them.

          This story follows a girl named Fire, the last of her kind, a human monster. I loved her from the beginning and stayed with her throughout the story. The story was well paced and the other characters were just as charming in their own way. As much as I loved Graceling, and yes I still do, I must say Fire in all it's glory was. . .even . . . BETTER. . . I dare say than Graceling. Aaaah! There I said it. But I must say it's true :) I cannot wait to get my hands on Bitterblue! (I have to admit, the name first tasted funny in my mouth, but now I love it) This will be the third installment of the series, (I don't know if these are a trilogy or not, I think they are) and as noted on Kristin Cashore's blog takes place six years after Graceling and also promises an appearance from Katsa and Po *yay*!

    Cover envy? While I do love the cover on the left, the cover on the right takes the cake for me. I love everything about it, her face half covered in shadow, her flaming hair, the flowing red dress, the notched bow *sigh* I love it all.

Because I am oh so not eloquent with words, here are others who are:

Persnickety Snark
Just let me finish this page. . . 
Steph Su Reads
The Book Muncher
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review


Christine said...

I just bought this book! I bought Graceling for my daughter for Christmas LAST year and still haven't gotten around to reading it. I have no excuse either, especially after reading awesome reviews for both of these books ALL YEAR LONG! Crazy.

KIKA said...

LOL yes Christine NO EXCUSE! ;) I really enjoyed both these books, and Fire as quoted in a review could "Beat it (Graceling)up and steal it's lunch money!" LOL How did your daughter like the book?

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

The UK cover so rocks! I still like Graceling better because I preferred having an assassin heroine, but Fire was well done.

KIKA said...

Alyssa! So nice of you to stop by :) and yes the UK cover so does rock! LOL. I totally concur with you on the assasin heroine!

I think I liked Fire better because like you said it was well done. For me the writing felt more developed for me and I fell in love with both Fire and Dells (I think the reason why I liked Fire so much was because she wasn't the usual heroine I'm partial to--the awesome, kick-butt "assassin heroine" :) . I was just thrown this way and that with the story and the emotional depth and complexity that Cashore explored.

Regardless of all this Graceling will always hold a special place in my heart :) It too held it's emotional depth but also the awesome action packed story I love. Katsa and Po caught my intrigue from the moment I picked up the book and has kept it ever since. I cannot wait to get my hands on Bitterblue, I'm just dying with angst to find out what they've been up to and where they stand!

Angiegirl said...

Um. I NEED that UK version. It's so Fire.

Glad you adored it as much as I did.

Rebs said...

I'm with you on the covers, I so want to buy the one on the right. I haven't read this one but I really enjoyed Graceling, so glad it was written in 3rd person. I much perfer it over 1st person

Sarah said...

BETTER than Graceling??? *gasp* Could it be? I need to get my hands on this one, fast.