Fire by Kristin Cashore

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It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don't need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven't, you'll be dying to read it next.

This edition includes an article by and an interview with Kristin Cashore, as well as a sneak peek at her next book, Bitterblue!

About Kristin Cashore

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KRISTIN CASHORE is a freelance educational writer who writes content for textbooks and teacher editions. She has written book reviews for "The Horn Book Guide, " and she has had articles published in "The Looking Glass: An Online Children's Literature Journal" and "Children's Literature in Education". Kristin received her master's degree in children's literature in 2003 from Simmons College, where she worked with Liza Ketchum and was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
Published October 5, 2009 by Firebird. 356 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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As Fire journeys from her isolated home to slowly integrate herself into a wider community, she tentatively, tenderly, passionately falls in love with a family, a city, a kingdom, with the very contradictions that make them human—and, at the last, with her own place among them.

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a raptor hunting Fire is “the violet of sunrise.” When Fire encounters a murderous boy, we sense her telepathic talent from the inside: “The feeling of his mind bumped against hers, simmering with strangeness, taunting her with its unreachability.” The book is also commendably realistic — almost ...

Dec 04 2009 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)


Fire, a prequel to Graceling by Kristin Cashore, sends readers on a fantastical journey filled with colorful creatures, characters, and language.

Sep 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

The Bookbag

The path of destruction the old King, and Cansrel, Fire's father, walked together has left the kingdom in ruins, held together barely by young King Nash and his brother Prince Brigan.

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

Teen Reads

The first thing you need to do before you read Kristin Cashore’s FIRE is to forget everything you thought you knew about monsters.

Oct 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

SF Site

In this case, I hope Kristin Cashore writes 100 sequels or companion novels to Fire.

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Common Sense Media

Fire herself was fathered by a monster who raped her human mother -- and used mind control over the king to enjoy acts of cruelty and depravity.

Oct 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

And Fire’s close relationship with her horse, Small, in places borders on pony-porn (usually reserved for Anne McCaffrey, Kristen Britain and Elizabeth Moon, that one.) However – and it is a big positive – the broader political scale of Fire does allow these irritations to be less jarring than ...

Apr 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

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Strange Horizons

181) But it is also a problem for her, as Fire's thoughts indicate, because Fire is not her father, who used his power with decadent abandon and huge ambition, to dominate a king and exploit a kingdom's resources for his own ends.

Dec 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

Shelf Awareness

In this companion book to her riveting debut novel, Graceling, Kristin Cashore tackles slightly more sophisticated themes.

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Reading Teen

And even if you don't love Graceling, you may love Fire, or visa versa.

Mar 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Fire (Graceling)

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