Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) by Kristin Cashore

Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her ...

Details Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)

TitleFire (Graceling Realm, #2)
Release DateOct 5th, 2009
PublisherDial Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult Fantasy, Magic, High Fantasy, Teen, Paranormal

Reviews Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)

  • Sasha Alsberg
    My head hurts from crying but other than that, so very good!! Loved this book!
  • Annalisa
    Granted, I went into this book annoyed with Cashore's anti-marriage, pro-casual-sex message in Graceling, but the book never got interesting enough to overcome those messages. Okay, I didn't finish it, but if 222 pages into it, I'm bored and nearly shaking with rage at Cashore for using a YA story as a thinly veiled piece of propaganda, I doubt the end of the book will redeem itself. This isn't even YA, it's adult high fantasy, but these days pub...
  • Tatiana
    Unlike Graceling, Fire doesn't get better upon rereading. The core of my issues with it remains the same, specifically Cashore's nontraditional approach to marriage and women's empowerment. I'll elaborate on it later. But besides that, this time this book is just boring. I think I was pretty generous to give Fire 3.5 stars 2 years ago. I now feel it deserves at least 1 star less. Too much navel-gazing, too much contemplating and whining and cryin...
  • Tamora Pierce
    Fire is a monster. Monsters in her homeland are creatures of brilliant colors, each with abilities, that feed on humans and animals (there are even monster insects!) and each other. They have a tremendous attraction for human beings, one of extreme passion which leads to murder, clutching, or attack, depending on the human, which is why Fire has led much of her life isolated in the house of her hated monster father, who died several years ago. He...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    There is this big jerk of a kid that is an animal or monster torturer in the beginning of the book. Luckily, he's only in a little bit of the book toward the end. I wanted to be a giant to step on his sorry arse! Moving on . . . I have mixed feelings about this book so I'm just going to go with I liked it but didn't love it. And there is nothing wrong with that. Let me put up my spoilers sign before I forget. Sigh. . . . . So, I was thinking Arch...
  • Miranda Reads
    She made a bad monster, and a worst human. Fire's world is full of monsters. They are similar to regular animals only more beautiful and dangerous than any other creature. Their pelts are mesmerizing - rich hues of midnight blues or forest greens or sunset oranges. That combined with their nearly psychic powers allow for monsters entrance lure their prey to their untimely deaths. It's hard to wake from a nightmare when the nightmare is real. ...
  • kari
    Disappointing.Having read and loved Graceling, I was greatly anticipating Fire and was unfortunately very let down. Fire never gripped me, I never came to care about her, or even like her much.There are a lot of things about this book that bothered me. The character of Archer, the friend with benefits, seems out of place in a YA novel. There was an awful lot of casual sex and making babies and confused parentage.And, seriously, she has to walk ar...
  • karen
    fortunately, jenn awwww yeeaahhhh is literally half my size. go on - look at my shoulders - i am like a mighty moose to her delicate deer:there is no way she can make good on that i am just going to say it: i liked this book less than i liked graceling.bring it, tiny creature.and from a critical standpoint, there is nothing wrong with this book. it has a fine story arc, good character development, a good array of both descriptive and ac...
  • Lola
    DNFed at 50%WHY DID I EVEN TAKE THE TIME TO EDIT THAT PICTURE?It does not deserve it.Yes, 2 stars (one star for ''I didn't like it'' and another star because it was truly well-written.)First of all, you shall know that I really really enjoyed the first book in this series, Graceling. I adored it actually. I thought I was discovering another great author knowing how to write great fantasy/adventure books.Kristin Cashore got on my nerves.She played...
  • Daria
    So. Where do I begin?Perhaps I should begin with my rating. One star seems harsh, truly, but goodreads describes that rating as, "Didn't like it." And that is an accurate description, for I simply didn't like the book. Thus I'm sticking with one star. And now for the book itself: I was hyped for the day I would actually get my hands on it and presumably storm through the whole thing in six hours, as I had done with Graceling. This anticipation wa...
  • Meagan Spooner
    Okay, I don't often write reviews, because as an author I always feel weird giving a critical opinion of other authors' work. I think it's because I sort of feel like other authors are my coworkers, all of us working and writing to make people fall in love with reading, so who am I to publicly say what is or isn't right? But I can't help myself in this case. I feel rather as though I fell as inexplicably and inextricably under this book's spell a...
  • Daiane
    Boring. Predictable. Vague. Sooo bad and Sooo boring!The only thing that I liked was the connection with the first book. However, even though we have the same world, we have such different characters! We have a long and dark introduction. A little boy with a lot of power and little responsibilities showing how cruel he can be in his world. I thought it would be one of those books that play with your mind but it was basically just the introduction...
  • Sandy
    Not bad. Not as good as Graceling, but interesting enough. Probably a 2 1/2 star effort. I had originally given it three, but was so worked up by the time I was done typing the rant below that I had to change it (please consider that when looking at the rating). Will probably appeal just fine to the same crowd that liked Graceling - unless they become bothered by the same things I am. And good Lord, was I bothered. Considering how excited most pe...
  • Heather
    Having read and loved Graceling, Fire by Kristin Cashore had a lot to live up to. I should have known that it would exceed my expectations and then some, quite possibly trumping its predecessor.Fire is the last remaining human monster living in a war torn kingdom called the Dells. Once filled with beauty and wealth, the Dells have fallen into ruin by the hands of her monster father, Cansrel and his human conduit, King Nax. Though both have been d...
  • Kells Next Read
    Me after reading this: This was so much better than Graceling. Is it even possible to love all the characters in a book. I laugh, cried, fell in love, fell out of love, hated, stop hating, became understanding and never wanted this wonderful read to end. I can't wait to receive my copy of Bitterblue tomorrow. As soon as I get it I'm going to start it.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    4 stars. Cashore’s books have always succeeded primarily because of their character work and introspection, not their plotting, but this book’s plot is so flimsy compared to the other two that I can’t forgive it. Fire is set in the Dells, a land beyond the borders of the Seven Kingdoms. The Dells have no gracelings, but plenty of colorful monsters. Fire is the last remaining human monster, renowned for beauty; she lives in fear of both othe...
  • Alyssa
    Update (August 2017): Oh y'all. I never updated this with my latest collection pictures. Well... ya girl managed to find ARCs of Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue, Jane, Unlimited (purple), Jane, Unlimited (white)... and UK Bitterblue. Aaaaaaaand I bought the lovely Italian version of Fire! Plus the Catalan version of Graceling. Gorgeous, right? Don't tell my wallet. D:********It has been YEARS since I read this book. I read it back in 2009 (or maybe e...
  • edh
    If you're a fan of Graceling, this companion novel set over the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms will satisfy. The main narrative starring Fire (a half-human/half-monster young woman) is framed by the story of a particular young Graceling who has the ability to control others completely... you'll recognize the future King Leck immediately. Fire has a similar talent, but because of her monster blood she can actually sense what people ar...
  • Dannii Elle
    I adore it when writers have so fully fleshed out their fantastical worlds that they are able to build a novel around an entire previously unseen section in an entirely new era!This is the second installment in the Graceling series and, set a few decades before the events that occur in Graceling and sharing only one of the same characters, can almost be read as a standalone novel.Upon finishing Graceling I immediately begun this with less than an...
  • Steph Su
    When an author's second novel far surpasses her already critically acclaimed debut novel, you know there’s something special going on. Kristin Cashore is such an author, and FIRE is such a book. Not since Robin McKinley has an author written so convincingly of a politically charged fantasy world.The protagonist, Fire, has the cursed gift of absolute beauty and attractiveness, and many times during the course of the book, she brings up the quest...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    2,5 starsStrong female lead my ass. “I don't want to love you if you're only going to die.” “Roen snorted. "You two have the strangest relationship in the Dells."Archer smiled slightly. "She won't consent to make it a marriage.""I can't imagine what's stopping her. I don't suppose you've considered being less munificent with your love?""Would you marry me, Fire, if I slept in no one's bed but yours?"He knew the answer to that, but it d...
  • Ellis
    Content note: Yeah, I tried. Sorry. Incoherent rambling ahead. Seriously, this series has such an astonishing effect on me that the words just keep on coming. SOMEONE STAHP THEM.I know I initially gave this four stars, but it's been a good seven hours since I finished Fire and I still have the feeling that I want to dive back into the world and experience it all over again. It's more than that. Not only am I plagued by something I can only call "...
  • Kayla
    I hit the GODDAMN quote sharing limit AGAIN I just wanted to share all my feels...i wanted to continue on immediately with another book but I feel like I need a recovery period first to write a review and put all my thoughts together as coherently as possible.Read my updated spoiler-free (there is a spoiler section, but it will be marked and it's all the way at the end) review for this book on my blog:https://gracelingaccountantblog.wordp...ORIGI...
  • Grace ᵔᴥᵔ
    You can find my review of Fire on my blog too!This was the most gorgeous romantic fantasy I’ve read in a while. And want to know what the last one was? — Graceling!! Kristin Cashore is just so good at writing these beautiful, deep relationships that stem from trust and acceptance.It’s been 24 hours since I’ve read this book and I just. can’t. stop. thinking about it! How much these two characters cared for each other makes me so happy...
  • Michelle
    When people ask me what my favorite book is I tell them about Fire. This is one of the books that made me love fantasy and reading in general.When Fire feels pain, I feel her pain. When she feels happiness, I feel happy for her. I absolutely love her. I understand her motives, her reactions and I really cannot get enough of her. The story is full of mystery, very complicated relationships, war, mind control, love, loss and so much more. I basical...
  • Meredith Holley
    Kristin Cashore has this way of taking a rough stereotype of a woman and still talking about her in a full, human, contradictory way that such a stereotype would feel if you lived in it. She simplifies the telling and complexifies heroine. In Graceling, she tells the story of a badass warrior woman, a survivor, an Ellen Ripley. In Fire, she tells the story of a beautiful trophy girlfriend, an aspiring homemaker, a super model who loves babies, a ...
  • Emily
    Set across the mountains from the Seven Kingdom in the Dells Kristin Cashore has created another amazing world with another beautiful set of characters. The Dells do not have Gracelings, but they do have “monsters.” Monsters are brightly colored and extremely beautiful versions of their normal counterparts. They have mental abilities that allow them to communicate with and control non-monsters. ( Think bright green mice, pale blue spotted leo...
  • Wendy Darling
    2.5 stars So much hand-wringing and so little story. "Don't look at me, I'm too beautiful!" Ugh. Such a disappointment after GRACELING.
  • Joyzi
    Baaaaaaaaaaa! Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!My slightly long intro***Book Review down there somewhere***Okay I didn't like it and I just wanna say that I read Graceling before this and I really like Graceling. After I read it in fact I consider reading Fire next but because of the bad reviews I've read here in goodreads I decided to maybe not read it and I'll just wait for Bitterblue, the third book to come out.However when Graceling became our Monthl...