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Fire by Kristin Cashore
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Jan 06, 12

Read in January, 2012

This was described as a companion book to Graceling. You could read them in either order but I would suggest Graceling first.

Fire is a young monster. While she's human, she also possesses the power to enter and impact others' minds. Without trying, she also attracts extreme attention and devotion from anyone in her vicinity. Fire and her friend/lover Archer get involved in the intrigue and war between the rulers in the Dells, an area across the mountains from the Seven Kingdoms of Graceling.

Despite it being a feudal society, Cashore creates quite an egalitarian world. Women can be soldiers, command an army, stay single, have children but not get married or decide to never have children and non-marital sex isn't frowned upon and birth control is available (although the women have to take it).

I like these books and am putting the next one on my to-read list.
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