Book Review: Fire By Kristin Cashore

Title: Fire (Graceling Book 2)Author: Kristin CashoreGenre: Young AdultISBN-13: 978-0803734616Rating: 4/5 StarsBuy From: Amazon Independent Bookstore About The BookFire, 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… The GoodFire was a very enjoyable book filled with many characters who you found and became connected to on a personal level. When you read this book you are transformed to the Dells, a world that is closer to medieval times than our own, but also has flavors of the modern world. The characters that we are introduced to were neither all good nor all bad. It was easy to keep up with all the characters because everyone’s story tied in very nicely to each other and the story....