Friday, October 9, 2009


by Kristin Cashore

I just finished Fire, the prequel-ish companion to Graceling. Although a little slow and, I thought, slightly confusing at the start, Fire will not disappoint readers of Graceling. The plot is driving and exciting, and thoroughly unpredictable. Like Katsa, Fire is a complex character who, during the course of the novel, learns about herself and others' perceptions of her in an interesting way.
Cashore's writing style has developed beautifully--not that it was bad before, but it has definitely matured.

I really, really liked Fire, and it kept me reading even after sitting there for several hours. Yet on my Goodreads account (friend me if you want), I only rated it 4 of 5 stars. Why? I think because Graceling resonated with me much more deeply than Fire did. Even Katsa's romance was a lot more to my taste than Fire's.

Fire comes with my high recommendations.


  1. I wonder if it makes a difference which one you read first...?

  2. I actually liked Fire better than Graceling, but I think I need to reread them both at some point and reevaluate. :)

  3. Fire is right up there with Graceling on my list of favorite books. I can't honestly choose between the two but then again, who says I have to? What I love about K.C.'s work is that you don't have to read them in order. I LOVE authors that do that.

    I can't wait for Bitterblue!


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