Title- Fire (Graceling Realm #2)
Author- Kristen Cashore.
Publish date- 2009.
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Fire is a monster. Her father was a monster and she saw what he did. How he controlled. Now she must face the people he injured the most, leaving the safety of her home, and try to use the skills he taught her to help and not hurt, despite the face there is fear and hate in the faces of those who see and recognise her, and the fact she is terrified of her power.
What I thought:
I was pretty hesitant to read Fire. I'd tried it about halfway through 2014 and had sent it back to the library, unfinished and disappointed Kasta wasn't still the protagonist, and I've heard more negative in regards to it than positive. Still, I loved Graceling and I wanted to go through with it, or at least try harder than I had. And you know what, whoever you are?
It was completely brilliant.
I loved Fire so much (the character), and I felt a little of Kasta's strength and fear in her, though she was such a different character, too. Individual and with such a story to tell.
I did find myself creeped out more than once, with the story of Leck as a child at the beginning and Fire's memory of Cansrel, the cruelty of those two disgusting and frightening me, but they didn't dominate the story, fortunately, and Fire held my attention when those moments had passed.
From the first, I anticipated the way the romance would unfold, but that doesn't mean, despite the predictability, that I didn't still follo it with avid enjoyment. Fire and the character involved were so good, and the development of the relationship was rocky and bittersweet and so nicely done, fleeting happiness that reminded me a little of Celaena in Crown of Midnight.
The end was quite wonderful, from the espionage to the hospital work, and every single moment of this book held me fast. I was very unhappy that Kasta and Po weren't in it at all, as I had been under the impression they at least made an appearance, but NO! Hopefully Bitterblue... I've got to keep hoping. (Since then I have tried and decided not to procede with Bitterblue. It didn't bode well with me.)
It wasn't what I anticipated. I never liked Archer.It had a kind of creepiness that I didn't like. It had a character who I rougishly loved. It had a protagonist who was layered and truly brilliant. It was an ace story.