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Fire Song

(Medieval Song #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,517 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Coulter's medieval melody continues-second in the song series.

Lord Graelam de Moreton is willing to accept his new bride, Kassia, as she appears-innocent and guileless. But appearances can be deceiving...
Mass Market Paperback, 454 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Signet (first published December 1st 1985)
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Dinjolina,this was a horible cheating book with a cruel hero that I wanted to clobber with a pan.
But on the other hand the author did a very realistic thing in this piece, that I just have to appraise:
The hero gets a evil maid pregnant.
The evil maid is not pregnant with somebody else. The hero is not going to marry the evil maid. The hero will not keep the child. The hero will not get mushy over the bastard. The heroine will not be a goody gooder and keep his bastard. Then what will they doooo,oh
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who don't mind very harsh medieval heroes
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Catherine Coulter re-read for me. I think of all her books, Fire Song and Secret Song are my favorites. But I really would not recommend this book to anyone as a romance novel. It is a story with a lot of sexual actions. Typical of Coulter. In a medieval setting, her typical asshole and cruel heros don't seem so outrageous and out of place.

I rate it 4 stars because I could not stop reading this book. I wanted to read on and see how Graelem and Kassia reconciled with each other. Graelem is
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
When it comes to Fire Song, I suspect many of the ratings will be a reflection of the reader's feelings toward Graelam de Moreton, the "hero" of the book. Many heroes are jaded in some way, all the more to redeem themselves, and yet I'm not utterly convinced Graelam found redemption at the end. If anything he is a reformed man in progress. The story between Graelam de Moreton and Kassia de Lorris though is better, not particularly romantic but one of a medieval beauty and the beast: tumultuous a ...more
Thoughts before reading:
Okay? Am I just supposed to forget that when trying to force Chandra to marry him he rapped Mary? Am I supposed to be routing for this man now? I’m sorry that’s like celebrating the happy marriage of the central park rapist. Or congratulating Jack the Ripper on a successful hunting trip.

Thoughts after reading:
I’m calling it. Two books in this series were more then enough. All he did was rape and wench and cast aside women. Maybe it was because of my preconceived opinion
i hated this book so much that i took some precious time out of my life to write to the author about how much i hated it. How does a cheater and rapist become a hero of a romance, i have no idea. Kassia should've gotten out of the marriage from the get go. God i hated this book, there are no words to describe how much i detested this.
Jan 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So bad i actually wrote to the author about it. First and only time I've done that.
Ann Keller
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kassia de Lorris is heiress to the magnificent keep of Bellaterre, but she may not live long enough to inherit. The lovely young woman is suddenly taken ill and her father, Maurice, fears that powerful forces may take advantage of this apparent weakness in the succession.

Kassia’s cousin, Geoffrey, covets the wealthy property, but Maurice knows he isn’t fit to command. In a desperate move to protect Bellaterre, Maurice weds his daughter, Kassia, to a virtual stranger, Lord Graelam de Moreton.

Sep 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Married on her deathbed to Graelam, Kassia miraculously recovers and goes to rejoin her husband--a hard man not ready for a wife.

How on earth is a rapist and abuser a 'bad boy' just begging to be reformed by love? While this story seems to flow slightly better than Warrior's Song, I hated Graelam so much. He really doesn't deserve any sort of happiness. Dying in battle would have been more satisfying. I felt so sorry for Kassia the entire time, even while I was railing at her to just snap and ge
disgusting ... sickening .... i hated it.. i kept reading and hoping it would get better ... but i hated both the hero and the heroin ... this was a failure of a book.... a total disgrace
Did not finish it.A person who rapes and cheats,then blames everything on wife,nothing can redeem him.Cannot surpass the rape and cheating,its unforgivable:(
Mrs. Elaine
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Since I am a fan of jackass heroes and long suffering heroines this was an enjoyable book for me!
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hmm. Not sure quite how to rate this. I love a good bodice ripper. I don't get offended at rape between the hero and heroine as that's how life was back in the olden days and quite honestly, this is fiction. Bodice rippers usually start with the hero being an a-hole and progress from there to eventual redemption. This followed a different course. Graelem was a kind, considerate man then his switch flipped and he turned into a raging jerk. Apparently because the heroine Kassia took some velvet ou ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't read very many romance novels. I kind of roll my eyes when someone mentions them actually, hahaha. But my friend willingly admits that they are her guilty pleasure, so when she recommended this book to me, I basically turned her down. Her repeated recommendations eventually wore me down and I borrowed the book. Needless to say, it caught my attention in the first twenty pages and held it there to the finish. I loved it so much, I even went out and bought my own copy. Still has some chees ...more
Regan Walker
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bad Boy Knight Takes a Biddable Bride

Second in Coulter’s Song series, this is the story of Graelam de Moreton, the bad boy knight from the first book, WARRIOR’S SONG. On his return from the crusades, Graelam saves the life of a French nobleman; his reward is the man’s estate and his daughter, Kassia de Lorris of Brittany. They were married while Kassia was ill, unconscious and expected to die, but she didn’t die and so Graelam finds himself with a delicate wife he never would have sought. Kassia
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
⚠️ This book should come with a huge content warning alert!! 🚨

Now I don’t know about this author, nor about all the enthusiastic readers who championed this book, but rape is not romantic! Abuse is not romantic! Misogyny is not romantic!

See, the thing is, I signed up for a romance story; a feel-good escape with a relatively satisfying conclusion. Now, if I wanted to read about the horrible atrocities done to cis-gender women across time and place, then at least I would have wanted it to be my c
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
This is one of the first historical romance novels that I've read about a decade ago and was also my first Catherine Coulter one. It's also one of the books that I could never forget because of how much I hated the hero. Absolutely hated him, which is a huge feat since I do like reading about characters and their redemption arcs, but what he did in about 95% of the book didn't have any redemptive qualities whatsoever.
I really enjoyed this book – and before everybody gets upset because the lead is and ass and barbaric - do you remember this is Medieval Times. I think the author did a good job not making it to upsetting, but got the point across. It was so much better then the first book in the series – I thought those main characters very unlikable.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Although Coulter always makes a book interesting and the end is satisfactory, it is miserable reading an entire book where the herione suffers nothing but mistreatment and abuse while she tries to win his love.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-read
Coulter plot is woven well but her hero was far to much of an ass and lacked any redeemable qualities.

The abuse physical and emotional was jaw dropping and horrifying.

The medieval whore-son makes for one very poor hero!

Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Love won again. Luckily, the 'hero' is only a book character and not a real man. My book copy had at least 5 typos.
My favorite quote:"He realized also that he liked his wife. It was a terrifying, nonsensical thought, and one he did not wish to consider."
Spoiler Whore-Momoa
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for an asshole "hero" then this book is for you...well maybe for some.
Persephone Zahariou
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Personal opinion:

Morality -in my opinion- has no place in novels. Characters don't have to be good people, they have to be entertaining or likeable enough to read about. And enjoying a story about an assassin killing people right and left does not mean the reader or author condones murder. Its fantasy.

Why I bought this book: Cause (view spoiler)
L Cherry
I absolutely loved Fire Song!!! This is certainly not a standard romance, so if you are looking for sweet fairy tales of Prince Charming, look away!!! I was so angry at Lord Graelam de Moreton in Warrior’s Song. I would never in a million years expect the author to give me any new feelings for him. Catherine Coulter had me on a roller coaster of emotions from the opening pages. I could tell immediately that Lord Graelam seemed a little nicer than he had been in the previous novel at least to Kas ...more
Annette Summerfield
Jan 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Parts of this book and how it is written are every engaging. I could barely read it though. The husband cheats on his wife numerous times. The wife is young, inexperienced with life and innocent of all his accusations. He refuses to believe her on almost everything and sleeps with a servant who tried to kill his wife.
I felt constantly sorry for the wife who was telling the truth, while those that set her up were his best friends.
He is blind to everything, headstrong, mean and doesn't care who
Ana Laura
If this is the kind of author who is number one in the New York Times then it's clear to understand why society is the way it is. Currently according to ONU data 1 out of 5 women suffer some kind of abuse or violence from their husbands. Honestly I think any authors with their pathetic attempts to romanticize abuse should be vetoed in their publications. There should be institutions responsible for overseeing the work of these professionals just as there are in any other professions. Not as a wa ...more
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