Fire

Fire

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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"She is the last of her kind... 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."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Audio, 2009
ISBN: 9781101145708
1101145706
Additional Contributors: Elbrick, Xanthe

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sarahbru17 Jul 07, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 8/10
Although I did not enjoy this book as much as "Graceling," it was still good.
My biggest struggle was with Fire as a character. So many of her character traits fell into the Mary Sue category: her startling beauty (including her wild hair color), her mind-control abilities, her musical talent... On instinct, I wanted to think of her as a poorly-crafted character because of these traits. However, Cashore balanced these traits out with a lot of weaknesses that made her a more rounded character. What made her difficult to connect to that her strengths and weaknesses were so extreme that, though they balanced each other, they didn't lie on a normal spectrum. Her "averageness" was not emphasized, which made her seem larger than life.
Kudos to Cashore for throwing in lots of unexpected twists as well.

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KDoz
Sep 29, 2014

THE PREVIOUS USER (kesha1123) COMMENT IS RIGHT. It's dreadful.

The idea of the novel (background on Leck) and the other topics broached in this novel (love vs friendship, contraception, etc.) are great...UNHEARD OF in YA novels really, but the execution is booooring.

It is not the narrator's fault IMO. Actually she did her best to make it lively with a cute British accent despite the long BORING succession of events, the ÜBER PASSIVE heroine, the interesting reveals being dragged and delayed to a non existent suspense.

It almost makes me wonder : who wrote the marvel that is Graceling (1st book)?

There is some action but like many YA authors after their debut novel, Kristin Cashore seemed to have devolved into romance miasma instead of keeping it relevant and contained within the overall story.

A shame really because I really REALLY enjoyed the first book.

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kesha1123
Mar 15, 2014

If it were not for my disease, "cannot abandon a book," this novel would not have been on my completed shelf. I was so engaged in Graceling; I figured Bitterblue and Fire would be just as enthralling. The novel just seemed to ramble on and disjointed from the the qualities that made me fall in love with the first. As a saving grace, maybe the narration was off-putting. I did enjoy learning about Leck's devious background.

jdaigle3 Dec 19, 2012

I heard rave reviews about this series from fantasy fans and decided to give it a go even though it is the 3rd in the series. It was excellent! A kind of Mary Stewart's Merlin meets LOTR but for girls. It's not just a "girl read", but I'm guessing they are more likely to enjoy it fully.

samdog123 Jun 29, 2012

I quite enjoyed this cd. It's really the prequel to Graceling, which I also listened to on cd. This title is quite different as it's set in a different land, with different characters. It does give some history about King Leck and his somewhat creepy beginnings. Fire is the main character in this book. In the Dells, there are Monsters and she happens to be a part human one. With the ability to read and control minds, she is so beautiful that she drives men wild. The book centres almost entirely on her character, which is so well developed. I was really sorry when the cd ended!

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kahom
Oct 27, 2010

I love the readers voices for each character.

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ElectricMayhem
Apr 30, 2010

I really enjoyed this book on CD. The story was even better than Cashore's Graceling. The narrator has a really rich British accent that can make the men sound strong but also differentiates the women. I'm looking forward to more books from this author.

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