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Fire by Kristin Cashore
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Oct 23, 2009

really liked it
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The last human "monster" in the Dells, Fire is so beautiful she attracts or repels everyone who sees her, and can also control minds but she finds that ability terrifying in a world led to the brink of war by her father. Seventeen years old, she hopes to serve her king, find a more comfortable way to live with herself, and have friends and family whose connection is real, not based on her super-normal attractions. Issues of the uses and abuses of beauty and power are the thematic material here, but Fire is such an attractive and complex character this reader, at least, just wanted to rush through and make sure she ended up well. It was a pleasure to watch this world unfold and unsuspected connections appear between the characters. The world is parallel to that in Graceling and, indeed, the book opens with Leck's childhood, but I totally forgot that in the course of reading Fire's story. The love story is tender and moving and there are appropriately upsetting descriptions of the horrors of war. Plenty of sex, unplanned pregnancies, and bastard babies, but none of this is graphic. This is a fine coming-of-age story which certainly stands alone.
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