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.
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