I read Fire, the companion/prequel to Graceling, when it was first released a couple of years ago, but I recently reread it and it reminded me how much I love the characters that Kristin Cashore has created!
Fire is a really unique character – and she is one of a kind in her own world as well! She is the last of the human monsters – beautiful creatures that have the power to mesmerize and control humans. Of course, that means everyone is at the same time scared and mistrustful of her – but also powerfully drawn to her and her beauty. Luckily, unlike her father, Fire has a good sense of right and wrong and does her best to use her abilities in positive ways.
She ends up intertwined in an intrigue with the court – they want to use her abilities to read minds to help them get answers from captured spies. She reluctantly agrees to help them and ends up becoming close to Prince Brigan (who is swoon-worthy and very deserving of his own character post!). Her growing friendship with him makes her rethink a lot of the decisions she’d previously made to limit her lifestyle.
Throughout the book, she goes out of her way to try and involve herself in dangerous situations if she thinks she can be of use. Some of her decisions are pretty reckless, but she is driven to both make up for her evil father and to show people that she is not like him. Her kindness and bravery make the book very fast-paced and memorable!
I’ve never been able to decide which of the books (Graceling or Fire) that I like better. Do those of you that have read both have an opinion? I think, either way, Fire stands out as a really well written and complex character!