Fire by Kristin Cashore
Fire is a companion book to Graceling; I couldn’t wait to read it after I finished Graceling. I love reading fantasy, and I thought Graceling was a truly creative and imaginative story. Fire equals Graceling in creativity, characters I cared about and suspenseful plot. In the kingdom of the Dells, Fire is a human monster who is afraid she may turn out to be as vicious as her father, a human monster who advised the last king. When the royal family needs her help to protect the king from competing lords who want to overthrow him and seize power, she goes to the capital to help. There Fire finds people who instantly mistrust her and others who completely support her. She finds plots against the king and her personally, including a mysterious assassin who seems to be working for a shadowy figure no one knows. As the action builds, Fire realizes people respect and cherish her, which causes her to take risks on their behalf. The book stays suspenseful until the very end!
Review by Ms. Goldstein-Erickson