Saturday, August 27, 2011
Book Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Penguin Group
Why I read it/how I found it: It's the companion novel to Graceling.
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.
I really enjoyed this concept of the "monster" beings. In Fire every species has their monsters, ones with brightly colored hair and extremely beautiful, who can manipulate others around them. They then reproduce with other creatures of their same species and pass on the monster gene. Fire is the last of the human monsters. Her emotional struggle with her father, Archer, and her own identity is very interesting. In this book there is one character from the companion novel Graceling. Unfortunately, this tie-in came out way too forced to me. The side of it had nothing to do with Fire or the characters around her, it was just a plug to call Fire a companion novel rather than a separate book on its own. I also felt a lack of action at the end of the book, but it was bearable to get through even without it.
Other information: A third companion novel, tentatively titled Bitterblue is in the process of being written. Kristin Cashore's website is here.