Author: Kristin Cashore
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 and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City. The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.
If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.
Fire is an independent soul. She’s a ‘monster’ by nature, but a human in heart. She’s humane and kind, and tries to do her best not to kill or hurt. All in all, she is determined not to become her father, who was monstrous and a murderer. In a vague relationship with her childhood friend, Archer, she moves through her life trapped by the other monsters around her and by Archer’s jealousy. Flash in Prince Brigan and suddenly her life changes. She finds out things about the kingdom and the royal family that she never knew, and most of all she finds out things about herself that she had never had the chance to unlock.
Cashore hit the mark again. Both my friend S and I were a little weary of the books. Really? All we wanted was more Katsa and Po, haha. But I took the chance and read it and loved it just as much as Graceling. Now I want more of these characters too. Taking place years before Graceling, we’re introduced to an earlier version of the Seven Kingdoms. Equally as riveting and action packed as Graceling, this novel got me hooked. (Yes, I read it in a day again…). Adventure, wonder, romance, and ‘magic’ in a sense, this book will not disappoint Cashore fans~
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.11/5
“It’s not reasonable to love people who are only going to die,” she said.
Nash thought about that for a moment, stroking Small’s neck with great deliberation, as if the fate of the Dells depended on that smooth, careful movement.
“I have two responses to that,” He said at last. “First, everyone is going to die. Second, love is stupid. It has nothing to do with reason. You love whomever you love. Against all reason I loved my father.” He looked at her keenly. “Did you love yours?”
“Yes,” she whispered.
He stroked Small’s nose. “I love you,” he said, “even knowing you’ll never have me. And I love my brother, more than I ever realized before you came along. You can’t help whom you love, Lady. Nor can you know what it’s liable to cause you to do.”
-Nash and Fire
“I’d thought once, actually, of taking your mind, if you asked. I’d thought I could help you fall asleep at night.”
He opened his mouth to say something. Shut it again. His face closed for a moment, his unreadable mask falling into place. He spoke softly. “But that wouldn’t be fair; for after I slept you’d be left awake, with no one to help you sleep.”
-Brigan and Fire