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Fire (Graceling Realm #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  113,523 Ratings  ·  8,189 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, 461 pages
Published October 5th 2009 by Dial Books
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Cristina If you enjoyed FIRE because of its magical settings and pro-women stance, I strongly recommend Tamora Pierce--particularly the Tortall series (The…moreIf you enjoyed FIRE because of its magical settings and pro-women stance, I strongly recommend Tamora Pierce--particularly the Tortall series (The Alanna series, Wild Magic series, and the Protector of the Small series.) The target audience is a bit younger than FIRE's, but still very much worth a read. (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
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
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
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
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Oct 11, 2014 Lola rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one. Technically. :P

DNFed at 50%



It does not deserve it.

Yes, 2 stars (one star for ''I didn't like it'' and another star because it was truly well-written.)

First of all, you shall know that I really really enjoyed the first book in this series, Graceling. I adored it actually. I thought I was discovering another great author knowing how to write great fantasy/adventure books.

Kristin Cashore got on my nerves.

She played with them.
She played with me.
She played with my e
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
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Nov 09, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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
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
Norah 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
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
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
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
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
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
Kristin Cashore created a gorgeous world in this book. Unfortunately, the main character and I did not get along, so my overall impression of the book is not positive. In short, I found the main character to be a whiny brat, and because of that, I ended up only skimming the final 20% of the story.

Granted, she may have been a brat the entire book, but for much of the time I was blinded by the lovely world the author, Kristin Cashore, created. Toward the end, the main character became irrational,
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.
Oct 09, 2009 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
If reviews on goodreads and are any indication, this book is a big hit with readers, many of whom were already Cashore fans from Graceling. This was a great story, and like Graceling, its imaginary world is mapped out succinctly and effectively, but for me, I didn't enjoy Fire as much as its companion novel (although I had some reservations about that one too).

Fire's a decently developed character; she's a discordant mix of strength and vulnerability that doesn't work too badly overal
Mar 25, 2012 Jordan rated it did not like it

First off, let me say that I liked Graceling.

It’s sequel, Fire, however, did not exactly set me ablaze. Author, Kristin Cashore, gives us a big ol’ set-up of this other world, which sits next to The Seven Kingdoms, called The Dells. And in The Dells, it isn’t a very peaceful time. King Nash is barely clinging onto his throne, as rebel lords, Mydogg in the North and Gentian in the South are building their armies to unseat him, and the mountains and forests are brimming with spies and
Alyssa Udall
Originally posted at Redhead Heroines: Book Review of "Fire" by Kristin Cashore

Fire is described as a companion book to Cashore's Graceling. It's a prequel to the first novel in Cashore's Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, which is to be completed with the publication of Bitterblue in September of 2011.

But in reality, Fire is its own force. It does not rely on the popularity of Graceling. It does not rely on the beautiful cover or the premise of the story. Fire is the story of one of the most wonderful pro
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.
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