Wednesday October 14, 2009
By Kristin Cashore
Available October 1, 2009
Fire, Graceling's prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells. Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans. Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story. Wondering what makes it a companion book/prequel? Fire takes place 30-some years before Graceling and has one cross-over character with Graceling, a small boy with strange two-colored eyes who comes from no-one-knows-where, and who has a peculiar ability that Graceling readers will find familiar and disturbing...
If you haven't read Graceling yet, no biggie...I say read Fire first and have a greater knowledge of a character in Graceling. Either way, you WON'T be disappointed. I completely and totally fell in love with Kristin's writing while reading Graceling and well now I'm just obsessed and won't truly be happy until I know when her next book will be out.
I can only imagine that authors just love having fans beg them for a new book when they have just recently poured all their heart and soul into their recent release but like any addict I don't care, I just want more!
Fire is almost too complex and wonderful to put into words. The characters are multi-dimensional with flaws and greatness that make them both loved and hated. Their relationships and stories so well crafted and intertwined that you will lose yourself in the depth of it all.
A true masterpiece. If you haven't read Graceling or Fire yet buy them, borrow them, go to the library, just read them now...you won't be disappointed!
Best suited for 9th grade and up.