Fire is a prequel to Graceling.
Our heroine Fire is an outcast in her society. She is a human monster in a world filled with monsters.
Fire’s monster is her exceptional beauty, which will drive you to insanity, destruction, or unnatural love.
Fire is cautious of her gift because her father did horrible things with it. We are back in the world of the Dells just like Graceling. The kingdom is in turmoil and the king and prince have no option but to ask for Fire’s help. Though they don’t trust her, she is their only hope. This is a brilliant book filled with amazing creatures, strange powers and political tension. It is a fast paced and complex novel that will keep you enthralled. If you are a fan of historical fiction/fantasy, you will love this book. If you are a Graceling fan, you must meet Fire. Though technically a YA it has very adult themes.
— Rosa, New Jersey
Winter 2009 Kids' List
“If Kristin Cashore's Graceling was a jewel, Fire is a treasure trove. In this fast-paced fantasy, we remain in the same mythical kingdom but, this time, with a host of new characters, who are marvelous in their complexity and variety. There is plenty of action, a mystery or two, and intrigue galore.”
— Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
A breathtaking, marvelous Graceling Realm book from New York Times bestselling author Kristin Cashore.
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 the author.
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“There are some books that stick with you for years, and Kristen Cashore’s Fire is one of them. Thoughtful, steamy and completely original, Fire is YA fantasy at its absolute best.”—Sabaa Tahir, author of New York Times bestselling Ember in the Ashes on Fire
* "There aren't enough words to describe how awesome this book is." —Top Pick, Romantic Times, starred review of Fire
A New York Times bestseller YALSA, Best Fiction for Young Adults Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner 5 starred reviews
About the Author
Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.
Praise for Fire
A New York Times bestseller YALSA, Best Fiction for Young Adults Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner A Washington Post Best Book of the Year An Amazon Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year A Booklist Best Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
"Cashore is wonderful, tough and nuanced—everything you could want from a writer." —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
“There are some books that stick with you for years, and Kristen Cashore’s Fire is one of them. Thoughtful, steamy and completely original, Fire is YA fantasy at its absolute best.”—Sabaa Tahir, author of New York Times bestselling Ember in the Ashes
* "There aren't enough words to describe how awesome this book is." —Top Pick, Romantic Times, starred review
* "Piercing and elegant." —The Horn Book, starred review
* "Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Shot through with romance and suspense. . .This is Fire's story, and readers will fall in love with her. . .Marvelous." —SLJ, starred review
* "Absorbing." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Elegantly written. . .blazes with the questions of young adulthood. . .Compelling." —Washington Post
"Breathtaking. . .Cashore is that rare gifted writer who can give a fantasy novel real depth." —Los Angeles Times
"As a fantasy writer, Cashore sets herself apart with a passionate descriptive style." —New York Times Book Review
* "Readers can enjoy this novel without having read Graceling. And enjoy it they will, with its vivid characters, convincing fantasy elements, gripping adventure scenes, and memorable love story." —Booklist, starred review