Fire is the companion novel to Graceling. Set in the Dells, which is across the mountains from the seven kingdoms features in Graceling, Fire takes place thirty-odd years before Graceling. There is only one crossover character between the two novels, and I won't spill the beans who it is. Let's just say that you should definitely read Graceling first...
I love Kristin Cashore's fantasy world. It is the most unique, creative world I have ever been immersed in. I respected and pitied Fire. She is both loved and hated, but most of all she is lonely. She is as much as a fighter as Katniss from The Hunger Games but is afraid to make herself vulnerable to love. Her struggle to reconcile her heart with her survival instincts is powerful and captivating.
I was not a big fantasy reader until I read The Hunger Games. Reading that series has opened up a whole new world of reading for me. You can probably tell how much I love The Hunger Games based on how often I mention the books in my reviews. In fact, Natalie coined the phrase "stalker-worthy" based on our thoughts and conversations about The Hunger Games. However, I have to say that I love Kristin Cashore's work just as much as Suzanne Collins'. Boy, I didn't expect to ever say anything like that!
Just One Gripe:
At times Fire's romantic relationship felt a little contrived.
The Best Thing About This Book:
The setting and imagery.
Appropriate for a younger audience:Yes; like Graceling, there are a couple of PG-13 scenes but on the whole it's pretty clean.