by Kristen Cashore
Fire is the companion novel to Graceling. A human monster, with a monster father and a human mother, is cursed with unbearable beauty. When war attacks the Dells, Fire is faced with many seemingly impossible choices. Who's side will she be on? Will she further abuse her powers of mind control just to aid in the survival of a kingdom? Which of her lovers is truly worthy of her? She answers these questions and more, in this finely woven tale of love, loss, and war.
I still enjoyed Graceling more, but, that said, Fire was also superb. I stayed up all night just to finish it! The plot of the story was organized and executed almost perfectly. The settings and characters were described well, and there was just enough space between actions to give the reader some time to breathe. The author left the reader unsure as to who loved whom which kept the story interesting and made you want to figure it out! Some of my favorite parts were the action scenes and the musical segments. The truth about Fire's father's death left me stunned - I really didn't see it coming! This book is one of my favorites so far this year, and I hope readers everywhere will feel the same way.
Clare Schuett is 13 and lives in Sebastopol California. She is a lover of books and a voracious reader. She reviews YA books, prior to their publication, for the American Library Association. We have the privilege of posting her reviews on our blog.