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Fire (Graceling Realm #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  126,859 Ratings  ·  8,866 Reviews
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated a
Hardcover, 1st US Edition, 480 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Dial Books
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Marlowe Not really. There's room to read the protagonist as bisexual, but there's also room to not. All her explicit romantic relationships in the book are…moreNot really. There's room to read the protagonist as bisexual, but there's also room to not. All her explicit romantic relationships in the book are with men.(less)
Marlowe It's more of a prequel to the first book, but you don't have to have read it to get this one. The two stories are very separate, taking place in…moreIt's more of a prequel to the first book, but you don't have to have read it to get this one. The two stories are very separate, taking place in different countries and with an almost entirely different cast of characters.

There is, indeed, a lot of romance. If anything, I'd say the romances (because there is some question about who the protagonist will end up with) are the main plot, while the political intrigue is secondary. (less)

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Sasha Alsberg
Oct 23, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing
My head hurts from crying but other than that, so very good!! Loved this book!
Feb 08, 2010 Annalisa rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: If you liked Graceling, you'll probably like this
Shelves: fantasy, cover
Granted, I went into this book annoyed with Cashore's anti-marriage, pro-casual-sex message in Graceling, but the book never got interesting enough to overcome those messages. Okay, I didn't finish it, but if 222 pages into it, I'm bored and nearly shaking with rage at Cashore for using a YA story as a thinly veiled piece of propaganda, I doubt the end of the book will redeem itself. This isn't even YA, it's adult high fantasy, but these days publishers market everything as YA, and so it's sold ...more
Unlike Graceling, Fire doesn't get better upon rereading.

The core of my issues with it remains the same, specifically Cashore's nontraditional approach to marriage and women's empowerment. I'll elaborate on it later. But besides that, this time this book is just boring. I think I was pretty generous to give Fire 3.5 stars 2 years ago. I now feel it deserves at least 1 star less. Too much navel-gazing, too much contemplating and whining and crying on Fire's part without enough action and romance
Tamora Pierce
Sep 24, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
Fire is a monster. Monsters in her homeland are creatures of brilliant colors, each with abilities, that feed on humans and animals (there are even monster insects!) and each other. They have a tremendous attraction for human beings, one of extreme passion which leads to murder, clutching, or attack, depending on the human, which is why Fire has led much of her life isolated in the house of her hated monster father, who died several years ago. Her only friends are Archer and his father.

And then
fortunately, jenn awwww yeeaahhhh is literally half my size. go on - look at my shoulders - i am like a mighty moose to her delicate deer:

there is no way she can make good on that threat.

so i am just going to say it: i liked this book less than i liked graceling.

bring it, tiny creature.

and from a critical standpoint, there is nothing wrong with this book. it has a fine story arc, good character development, a good array of both descriptive and action sequences - i would say that the pacing is a
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
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Feb 06, 2010 Daria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horribles
So. Where do I begin?

Perhaps I should begin with my rating. One star seems harsh, truly, but goodreads describes that rating as, "Didn't like it." And that is an accurate description, for I simply didn't like the book.

Thus I'm sticking with one star.

And now for the book itself: I was hyped for the day I would actually get my hands on it and presumably storm through the whole thing in six hours, as I had done with Graceling. This anticipation was fueled by the raving reviews (on goodreads and e
Meagan Spooner
Mar 03, 2012 Meagan Spooner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Okay, I don't often write reviews, because as an author I always feel weird giving a critical opinion of other authors' work. I think it's because I sort of feel like other authors are my coworkers, all of us working and writing to make people fall in love with reading, so who am I to publicly say what is or isn't right?

But I can't help myself in this case. I feel rather as though I fell as inexplicably and inextricably under this book's spell as its characters fall under Fire's. I had no chanc
Daiane (Away for a while :/)
Boring. Predictable. Vague. Sooo bad and Sooo boring!

The only thing that I liked was the connection with the first book. However, even though we have the same world, we have such different characters!
We have a long and dark introduction. A little boy with a lot of power and little responsibilities showing how cruel he can be in his world. I thought it would be one of those books that play with your mind but it was basically just the introduction. Meh.
Then we get to the main heroine, Fire. She
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Having read and loved Graceling, Fire by Kristin Cashore had a lot to live up to. I should have known that it would exceed my expectations and then some, quite possibly trumping its predecessor.

Fire is the last remaining human monster living in a war torn kingdom called the Dells. Once filled with beauty and wealth, the Dells have fallen into ruin by the hands of her monster father, Cansrel and his human conduit, King Nax. Though both have been dead for several years, the kingdom remains in a vu
Jun 19, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Me after reading this:
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This was so much better than Graceling. Is it even possible to love all the characters in a book. I laugh, cried, fell in love, fell out of love, hated, stop hating, became understanding and never wanted this wonderful read to end. I can't wait to receive my copy of Bitterblue tomorrow. As soon as I get it I'm going to start it.
Feb 07, 2009 edh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of Graceling, this companion novel set over the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms will satisfy. The main narrative starring Fire (a half-human/half-monster young woman) is framed by the story of a particular young Graceling who has the ability to control others completely... you'll recognize the future King Leck immediately. Fire has a similar talent, but because of her monster blood she can actually sense what people are thinking rather than simply order them around. H ...more
Steph Su
Dec 13, 2012 Steph Su rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites, signed
When an author's second novel far surpasses her already critically acclaimed debut novel, you know there’s something special going on. Kristin Cashore is such an author, and FIRE is such a book. Not since Robin McKinley has an author written so convincingly of a politically charged fantasy world.

The protagonist, Fire, has the cursed gift of absolute beauty and attractiveness, and many times during the course of the book, she brings up the question, “How does gender factor into the reaction to be
Content note: Yeah, I tried. Sorry. Incoherent rambling ahead. Seriously, this series has such an astonishing effect on me that the words just keep on coming. SOMEONE STAHP THEM.

I know I initially gave this four stars, but it's been a good seven hours since I finished Fire and I still have the feeling that I want to dive back into the world and experience it all over again. It's more than that. Not only am I plagued by something I can only call "book nostalgia", I've replayed the story a few tim
Kristin Cashore has this way of taking a rough stereotype of a woman and still talking about her in a full, human, contradictory way that such a stereotype would feel if you lived in it. She simplifies the telling and complexifies heroine. In Graceling, she tells the story of a badass warrior woman, a survivor, an Ellen Ripley. In Fire, she tells the story of a beautiful trophy girlfriend, an aspiring homemaker, a super model who loves babies, a monster combination of Joan Harris and vampire Bel ...more
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Mar 17, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When people ask me what my favorite book is I tell them about Fire. This is one of the books that made me love fantasy and reading in general.

When Fire feels pain, I feel her pain. When she feels happiness, I feel happy for her. I absolutely love her. I understand her motives, her reactions and I really cannot get enough of her. The story is full of mystery, very complicated relationships, war, mind control, love, loss and so much more. I basically feel all of the feels for this book and this tr
Norah Una Sumner
2,5 stars

Strong female lead my ass.
“I don't want to love you if you're only going to die.”

“Roen snorted. "You two have the strangest relationship in the Dells."
Archer smiled slightly. "She won't consent to make it a marriage."
"I can't imagine what's stopping her. I don't suppose you've considered being less munificent with your love?"
"Would you marry me, Fire, if I slept in no one's bed but yours?"
He knew the answer to that, but it didn't hurt to remind him. "No, and I should find my bed
Feb 27, 2016 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
It has been YEARS since I read this book. I read it back in 2009 (or maybe early 2010?), before I was blogging, when I was a wee little teenager. I'm now a blogger/reviewer, and I've been trying to track down the ARCs for Cashore's books. I got Bitterblue's (it's the most recent, and many people still had their ARCs of Bitterblue), but Fire and Graceling ARCs are incredibly rare and difficult to find. BUT.





I just need to find Graceling's ARC! I say "just need to" like it's a simpl
Fire is a monster in the land of the Dells. Not your typical monster, mind you. She is more beautiful than any human and more lethal and dangerous than any weapon. Monsters have powers over the mind and body, the ability to manipulate others to their will but Fire is different. She cares too much for others to hurt them as her monster father did. The last thing she wants is to use the people she cares for like puppets.

Briggan doesn't trust Fire from the moment he meets her. She's a monster and
Mar 11, 2011 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire. My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly, keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?"---Theodore Roethke, In A Dark Time

I believe that quote reflects Fire's inner turmoil with her ability quite well.

There's a war on the horizon, and Fire's the last remaining human Monster known to the Dellian people, and so, because of her ability to alter and manipulate minds, she's called to interrogate prisoners by the Dellians' leader, King Nash.
But Fire's afraid
Jul 13, 2010 Ivy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If a book could be considered a non-event, this would be it. Kristin Cashore writes a long, boring book, about a strange monster human woman that is so unnaturally beautiful, men try to kill each other to get at her.

This prequel to Fire is more of a stand alone book though only one character from Graceling is present. The book starts out promisingly enough but really doesn't go anywhere, as the prologue sets the stage for a promising read, but too soon gets lost in long narratives of the strange
Gwen the Librarian
I was very nervous to pick up this really early preview edition of Kristin Cashore's newest novel. Graceling was so wonderful, a prequel made me hesitant, just as all second novels and sequels do. Ha! Oh ye of little faith. Kristin Cashore is an absolute gift to our world. Fire is EVEN BETTER than Graceling. I just kept feeling so grateful to even be reading such incredible work. The characters are amazing. The pacing is perfect. Again, I felt like Cashore carefully selected each word she wanted ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Joyzi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens especially those who have trouble sleeping
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads
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Okay I didn't like it and I just wanna say that I read Graceling before this and I really like Graceling. After I read it in fact I consider reading Fire next but because of the bad reviews I've read here in goodreads I decided to maybe not read it and I'll just wait for Bitterblue, the third book to come out.

However when Graceling became our Monthly book Challenge in our group here, most of the g
Anne Osterlund
Jun 27, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fire is dangerous. And terrifyingly beautiful. And broken. The only human monster left in the Dells, she is determined never to repeat the horrors her father committed.

But the Dells are like Fire. They too are dangerous and beautiful and broken. And if the kingdom is to survive, it will need her. And the new king who threatens her with his lust, the former leaders whose lies have yet to be shared, and the young general who has more reason to hate Fire than anyone else in the Dells. And may be th
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars So much hand-wringing and so little story. "Don't look at me, I'm too beautiful!"

Ugh. Such a disappointment after GRACELING.
Young adult fantasy about a young woman so beautiful, the sight of her opens up people’s minds to her control.

No, wait, come back! I know, okay, but just hang on a sec.

I have to confess that I wasn’t all that enamored of this books’ loose companion, Graceling. In the way that it had been so talked up to me that it was a deeper disappointment than normal to find it was pleasing but not shattering.

But this book? I am officially on the Kristin Cashore bandwagon now. It wasn’t the plot: Cashore clea
Jun 10, 2009 Cinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I really loved this book! Those who are looking for characters in common with Graceling may be disappointed. The only crossover is a villain! But it is interesting to see how Cashore handles two heroines with very different talents in Fire and Katsa.

Cashore never condescends.
Dannii Elle
I adore it when writers have so fully fleshed out their fantastical worlds that they are able to build a novel around an entire previously unseen section in an entirely new era!

This is the second installment in the Graceling series and, set a few decades before the events that occur in Graceling and sharing only one of the same characters, can almost be read as a standalone novel.

Upon finishing Graceling I immediately begun this with less than an hour's break in between and was initially disappo
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