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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore Bitterblue (Graceling Realm Book 3) by [Cashore, Kristin]. 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. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm—Graceling, Fire Fire. Seven Kingdoms Trilogy (Series). Book 2. Kristin Cashore Author ().

Feedback Recent updates Help. Recent updates. 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.

Look for Kristin Cashore's highly-anticipated standalone novel, Jane, Unlimited! Thoughtful, steamy and completely original, Fire is YA fantasy at its absolute best. Languages English. Details Publisher: Kristin Cashore - Author. I was that much saddened.

But moral lessons aside, I was extremely irritated - make it vexed, by some point - about some of the technicalities. The sex lives of all the different characters accounted for, oh, let's say, half the plot. Most of the book was spent running around discovering who slept with whom, who sired whom, and who killed their respective fathers and how.

Incidentally, yes, Cashore, Fire's great secret I figured out ten chapters before you finally gave it away. It ran like a great big midday TV soap opera. There was too much sleeping around, too much desire to sleep around, and inability to stop oneself from sleeping around.

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Also in the realm of irritating lay Fire and her seriously annoying menstrual necessities, the whole impregnation and contraception aspect, and too much talk of having children, not having children, and being pregnant. Beneath all these different feels lurks a sort of hideous impression about what Cashore may have implied in this book.

She asks, somewhere towards the middle, "What is the point of a woman monster? If she truly believes something like that, then I should like to take the book itself and smack someone with it, preferrably her.

Of course, I could be completely wrong, so I'll keep this suspicion to myself. But it seemed to me as though the book, which was supposed to be feminist, went way, way, way in the other direction.

The writing, by the way, was not that good. Not much description, and not much unique brilliance. It does not shine. An exception I made for the fiery persona in Graceling , but here it only underlines the Fire 's flaws. Signing off, I'll now take my leave. View all 19 comments. Mar 03, Meagan Spooner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, I don't often write reviews, because as an author I always feel weird giving a critical opinion of other authors' work.

I think it's because I sort of feel like other authors are my coworkers, all of us working and writing to make people fall in love with reading, so who am I to publicly say what is or isn't right? But I can't help myself in this case. I feel rather as though I fell as inexplicably and inextricably under this book's spell as its characters fall under Fire's. I had no chanc Okay, I don't often write reviews, because as an author I always feel weird giving a critical opinion of other authors' work.

I had no chance against its beauty! And now I have to shout my love from the rooftops. To be honest, for the first few chapters I rolled my eyes every five minutes, because seriously, who gets away with writing about a heroine who is objectively the most beautiful woman in the world, one of a kind, loved and desired by everyone who meets her, blessed with fiery red hair and gifts for music and archery and horseback riding, and--to top it off--able to control the thoughts and feelings of those around her?

It seemed like the epitome of Mary-Sue-ness. Yet, I kept reading. I told myself it was out of devotion to the first book, but really, I couldn't have stopped myself. The writing is beautiful, and Fire herself is at the same time so damaged and SO strong, that I fell completely head over heels.

Finishing this book was heart-breaking, truly--and it's been ages since I met characters I was so loathe to leave when the book ended. I honestly spent the entire last pages of the book just sobbing wildly off and on until I finished. Kristin Cashore has made a liar out of me. I wish there was a sixth star for me to give this book.

View 1 comment. Sooo bad and Sooo boring! The only thing that I liked was the connection with the first book. However, even though we have the same world, we have such different characters! We have a long and dark introduction. A little boy with a lot of power and little responsibilities showing how cruel he can be in his world. I thought it would be one of those books that play with your mind but it was basically just the introduction. Then we get to the main heroine, Fire.

She Boring. She has all this power and she refuses to use it because she is good and yadayada. Which is okay when you are not in life-death situations. So she has a bunch of guards protecting her because, oh, she is such a fragile woman. So, you are expecting me to say that she finds her inner powerful self and I went all "you go girl! Well, not here. The story was basically about her boring life. She spends more than half of the book having periods and it would be okay when we got somewhere with it, but it never added anything to the plot.

She was annoying and weak. Everybody loved or hated her because of her looks and she had a friend with benefit that was more like a rabbit, leaving kids everywhere. The love interest here was so plain and uninteresting.

THAT made him interesting - to her. I think that she wasn't really in love with him to begin with. She just wanted a kid without having to be hers and used him. It just makes more sense for me. But when he asks her if she wants to go home with him, she just wants to stay in her room awau from him What a lovely couple. There were some tentative plot twists which I found just so predictable.

Some were just there to make Fire have emotions and more letters on the page. It wasn't so irrelevant and I really think it could be better developed. The writing style was awesome but the story was just lacking too much for my taste. A lot described people and places that just passed and never appeared again. It felt so unnecessary. Most of the pages were irrelevant to the story and were just there to make the book bigger.

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I was always waiting for something to happen. The other thing that annoyed me was the marriage factor and how relationships are treated. Not only in this book but in the first one too. Everybody slept with everybody. They all cheated. They were all bastards. I don't remember one real happy couple who didn't slept with somebody else!

There's no background to make the characters believe that marriage is a bad thing but it's treated as something really bad that I just felt like the author wanted to push her beliefs over me. To sum up, it was too boring. I just got to the end because I wanted to know if something interesting was finally going to happen.

Well, it didn't. View all 21 comments. Not bad. Not as good as Graceling , but interesting enough. I had originally given it three, but was so worked up by the time I was done typing the rant below that I had to change it please consider that when looking at the rating. Will probably appeal just fine to the same crowd that liked Graceling - unless they become bothered by the same things I am. And good Lord, was I bothered. Considering how excited most people seem to be by this book my difficulties with Not bad.

Considering how excited most people seem to be by this book my difficulties with the book are probably largely personal. I've got a lot of beefs with this book. I'm not sure exactly what my expectations were for this one anymore, but this book definitely didn't meet them. And there were a number of problems, described below in no particular order. First of all: There are WAY too many similarities to be found to Graceling in terms of characterization.

Both books feature fairly obnoxious female main characters who a possess some sort of strange supernatural gift that they really don't want and that stigmatizes them from the rest of society, b are completely absorbed in thier own problems, c have refused to marry, and d have an incredibly convenient connection to the local royal family that they aren't particularly proud of.

The difference is that in Graceling, Katsa was fiesty and interesting. Fire, while somewhat interesting if you like soap operas, see below just agrivated me. Both books also feature really excellent male romantic interests who are way more engaging from start to finish than the main character and who also happen to be youngest princes who have great fighting skill but no interest in ruling.

It really bothers me that when it comes down to it, the two central characters of both books are just variants of each other. Doesn't show a lot of growth at all on Cashore's part. Speaking of not-so-stellar writing, allow me to complain about Fire's structure. Then we break into the main plot. In Fire, many of the chapters follow a certain pattern: While not a bad formula to use, it gets old after a few hundred pages.

But back to obnoxious similarities between Fire and Graceling. Despite the ages of the main characters in both books, they aren't really teens. They're adults in their teen years. This didn't bother me so much in Graceling when I first read it, but it's so painful in Fire. Both Katsa and Fire are WAY too knowledgable about the world around them and they're making such adult decisions with such maturity and it never once seems out of place for the setting. While reading Fire, I wondered if it wasn't for Graceling, if Fire would have been marketed as an adult book - with teen appeal for sure, but its tone and characterization have a much more "adult book" feel.

My biggest problem with this book, and a big part of the reason why I feel it was so adult: I was incredibly bothered by the way that sex was handled in Fire. ALL of the sexual power was given to men and women were their toys who apparently can't say no 9 out of 10 times when a man wants them. It angered to no end that Fire was so victimized because "oh, poor me, I'm so beautiful that men fall all over themselves for me, which I hate, but I'm just a woman so what even can I do about it?

It would be different if I was a man It got old. Just like Katsa and Po, Fire and Archer became lovers the moment their relationship turned romantic. Ditto for Fire and Brigan. Archer did nothing but piss me off with his womanizing, and it angered me to no end that Fire knew about it while she was still sleeping with him, and put up with it.

Even Clara, the spymaster-princess and easily the strongest female character in the book, falls for that stupid man's spell and ends up knocked up. I'm also incredibly peeved that while Fire is 17, every man she sleeps with is a good five years older than her - and they're easily among the youngest of the adult characters. I realize that this is fantasy and such age differences and the maturity level of certain year-old characters is typical of traditional fantasy, but it drives me nuts.

My final rant: The book is a total soap opera. Really, the plot is driven more by characters than by plot, and even then not so much by character growth. It's more about who's really who's father than anything else. Entertaining enough I guess, and probably one of the only reasons I kept reading after pages, but not the tone I wanted after so much immediate action in Graceling.

So yeah A huge disappointment for me though. And it made me dislike Graceling more because of all of the stupid similarities that taint my memories of the first book. Having read and loved Graceling, Fire by Kristin Cashore had a lot to live up to.

I should have known that it would exceed my expectations and then some, quite possibly trumping its predecessor. Fire is the last remaining human monster living in a war torn kingdom called the Dells. Once filled with beauty and wealth, the Dells have fallen into ruin by the hands of her monster father, Cansrel and his human conduit, King Nax. Though both have been dead for several years, the kingdom remains in a vu Having read and loved Graceling, Fire by Kristin Cashore had a lot to live up to.

Though both have been dead for several years, the kingdom remains in a vulnerable state, as neighboring kings are attempting to conquer the lands and steal the crown from young King Nash and his commander brother, Brigan. As a monster, Fire has the ability to read and control minds; however, due to her fear of becoming the monster her father was, she has spent years denying her power and has attempted to disguise who she is to protect both herself and those around her.

When Fire is attacked by a mindless poacher, Fire travels to Queen Roen in search of answers and aid, but a fateful meeting puts her in the direct path of the very two people she has tried her best to avoid, Nash and Brigan. Knowing all the power Fire posses and the potential that power could have in saving his kingdom, Nash calls on her to use her power for the greater good.

But when does power become destructive? And who can tell when the lines have become blurred? What follows is a beautiful story about embracing who you are and conquering your fears. Each character is a delicious shade of gray, possessing both light and dark tendencies; much like we do in life and Cashore does a remarkable job of creating a realistic royal family in a fantastical setting.

Fire was an extraordinarily heroine that I found very relatable in spite of her monster nature. Feb 19, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: It took place outside of the 7 kingdoms in a place called the Dells. There are no Gracelings in the land of the Dells. Though, there is magic he 4 stars!!!! Though, there is magic here - the land is full of monsters of impossible shapes and colors.

Humans in this land bend their wills to the monsters because of their beauty. We follow MC Fire, who is the last of her kind and a human monster. Anyone who looks upon Fire- falls under a fog.

They become obsessed with her, long for her - love her and some even want to kill her bc of her unworldly beauty. It is a sort of curse for Fire- but she has the ability to read and change the minds of people around her. Fire struggles with living down her fathers legacy.

When war and assassinations begin, King Nash and his brother Brigan, beg for Fire to use her talents to help. Fire finds it hard to say no. I was nervous going into this but Fire is a completely different novel than Graceling — an even better novel, at that.

I found the writing to be so much better.

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It was whimsical and beautiful. It felt almost like I was reading a fairy tale. It was so descriptive to read. The story flowed nicely, with a few info dumps here and there. Honestly-there were a few dull moments but I totally was able to overlook them bc I wanted to know what was going to happen with the story.

Besides Fire, the other characters were also more developed than those in Graceling — Archer and Brigan were my two favorites for different reasons. Of course, I had a ship.. The world building in Fire far surpassed Graceling as well, in my opinion. There is a ton of action in this installment as there is a war brewing.

There is also murder, and plot twists- along with political conspiracies and tactics. Also, I think the Romance subplot of Fire, was well done here and much more believable than that of Graceling.

On the whole- I fell in love with the prose and beautiful world of Fire. I was a huge fan of the action and the romance. This is a book you take your time with and read slow. A book that you can literally soak up the grand lushness of it all. Absolutely recommended to all. View all 13 comments. Jun 19, Kells Next Read rated it it was amazing.

Me after reading this: This was so much better than Graceling. Is it even possible to love all the characters in a book. I laugh, cried, fell in love, fell out of love, hated, stop hating, became understanding and never wanted this wonderful read to end.

I can't wait to receive my copy of Bitterblue tomorrow. As soon as I get it I'm going to start it. View 2 comments. Fire is set in the Dells, a land beyond the borders of the Seven Kingdoms. The Dells have no gracelings, but plenty of colorful monsters.

Fire is the last remaining human monster, renowned for beauty; she lives in fear of both others and of herself. The political drama here, unfortunately, gets a bit boring in places. That being said, I still absolutely think Fire is worth reading. All three of these books are worthy favorites; it just depends which heroine you happen to like best. This entire series is brilliant and gets a high recommendation from me.

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Jun 12, Alyssa rated it it was amazing. Update August Oh y'all. I never updated this with my latest collection pictures. Aaaaaaaand I bought the lovely Italian version of Fire!

Plus the Catalan version of Graceling. Gorgeous, right? Don't tell my wallet. I read it back in or maybe early ? I say "just need to" like it's a simple task. Still my all-time favorite book. I adore it when writers have so fully fleshed out their fantastical worlds that they are able to build a novel around an entire previously unseen section in an entirely new era!

This is the second installment in the Graceling series and, set a few decades before the events that occur in Graceling and sharing only one of the same characters, can almost be read as a standalone novel. Upon finishing Graceling I immediately begun this with less than an hour's break in between and was initially disappo I adore it when writers have so fully fleshed out their fantastical worlds that they are able to build a novel around an entire previously unseen section in an entirely new era!

Upon finishing Graceling I immediately begun this with less than an hour's break in between and was initially disappointed. I had formed a bond with the first set of characters and had misplaced expectations that I would be spending the entirety of the three books of this trilogy in their company.

These feelings soon dissipated, however, as I realized that this new cast was just as lovable. The world Fire inhabits is geographically close to Katsa's, their feisty feminist attitudes are very much aligned and so are their positions in society. But that is where the similarities stop.

Fire's world is a far more dangerous and feral place to live, with monster animals haunting her every move and a society of people who distrust and despise her status as the last living human monster. The particulars of what exactly a monster is, is never fully explained, however.

And this seemed to be a running theme of the book. I dually loved every moment of reading it and felt a step behind the plot the entire time. Perhaps it was the abundance of characters or that I was still partially still caught up in the previous plot, but I continually seemed to be slightly slow in grasping the particulars of the narrative.

I think it says something about the power of the book, as a whole, and the beauty of the writing that I can still give it four stars after stating that. Overall, this is a powerfully written and action-dominated book, with a set of lovable and authentic characters, set in a flawlessly created, vast and varied world that I can't seem to get enough of!

If you're a fan of Graceling, this companion novel set over the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms will satisfy. Fire has a similar talent, but because of her monster blood she can actually sense what people are thinking rather than simply order them around. H If you're a fan of Graceling, this companion novel set over the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms will satisfy. Her distinctive monster hair is all colors of red and orange, mesmerizing and enraging people in turns in this strange land so near and yet so far removed from the kingdoms we grew to know so well in Graceling.

Fire's story is wrapped around her changing relationship with childhood friend now lover Archer and an impending war in which she must navigate various intrigues, and, eventually, face Leck again. Plenty of interpersonal drama will make this especially appealing to readers who might not otherwise crave high fantasy. Just as Graceling drew fans of Tamora Pierce and her strong female characters, Fire will definitely do the same. Cashore is wonderful at world-building and shows off her talents to best advantage in this follow-up which will be one of the most-requested books of Aug 09, Trina Between Chapters rated it really liked it Shelves: I didn't know what the plot was for most of the book, but fortunately I adore Cashore's world and characters.

The few parts about Leck's past were the most interesting to me. I have enjoyed in both Fire and Graceling how Cashore writes budding romance. I like her lead heroines. I like that she frequently mentions menstruation and includes disabilities.

One side character uses a wheelchair. Fire sustains an injury that temporarily disables her hands. Fire has depression at one p I didn't know what the plot was for most of the book, but fortunately I adore Cashore's world and characters. Fire has depression at one point. There is a passing reference to her being bisexual.

Potential triggers: Violence, death, murder, injury. Fire's first love interest is jealous and controlling. Honestly, I know I've overlooked some but I have a hard time keeping track with war stories like this. Mar 13, Steph Su rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not since Robin McKinley has an author written so convincingly of a politically charged fantasy world. Call it fantasy for sure, but FIRE contains a lot of gender politics that could make for interesting discussions, even in the classroom.

Even so, FIRE is an intensely emotional read, especially at the end. Its ability to affect me so strongly is one of the things I like best about it, though.

Apr 01, Norah Una Sumner rated it liked it Shelves: I don't suppose you've considered being less munificent with your love? I'm not saying that this isn't true since Archer loves to sleep with everyone the whole fucking point of his character. Isn't it so amazing to show how he sleeps with two girls at the same time,while he's in love with Fire,and they both get pregnant?

Ahh,just the story I was hoping for. Yippee fucking yay.

And what was the purpose of these eyes, this impossible face, the softness and the curves of this body, the strength of this mind; what was the point, if none of the men who desired her were to give her any babies, and all it ever brought her was grief? What was the purpose of a woman monster? He didn't ask her what she meant, which was for the best, because she wasn't exactly sure. View all 18 comments.

Content note: Yeah, I tried. Incoherent rambling ahead. Seriously, this series has such an astonishing effect on me that the words just keep on coming.

I know I initially gave this four stars, but it's been a good seven hours since I finished Fire and I still have the feeling that I want to dive back into the world and experience it all over again. It's more than that. Not only am I plagued by something I can only call "book nostalgia", I've replayed the story a few tim Content note: Not only am I plagued by something I can only call "book nostalgia", I've replayed the story a few times in my head and, of course, overanalysed it to pieces.

It's my special talent. This actually helped me figuring out those damned first 70 pages. I know I've complained about them a lot and if you followed my updates, so do you: D , but they're rather essential, both to the story itself as to Fire 's place in the Graceling Realms series. So, the final verdict is 4. I was scared to read this, maybe even more so than when I started Graceling. It's always a double feeling for me when I absolutely adored the first book in a series, which was definitely the case here.

In addition, most of the reviewers I trust were not all that impressed by this second instalment, but I guess I've found a way to distinguish myself. Let me just say that Fire is very different from Graceling , and I'm glad that I was a bit apprehensive going into it.

Nevertheless, this book played an evil trick on my very fragile emotions. Often I was laughing so hard that I was glad no one could hear me. I have a monstrous laugh. Many people can attest to this. The Assassin and the Empire.

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You submitted the following rating and review.Fire doesn't want the control that she has over people and tries the hardest to guard people against her control. Fire has fiery red hair and intangible beauty that makes any onlooker go mad. I've been gradually learning that a YA style is not one my preferences.

Fire is a monster. I hate war settings. Call it fantasy for sure, but FIRE contains a lot of gender politics that could make for interesting discussions, even in the classroom. However, it can also be said that male monsters mainly have to shoulder the excessive admiration of normal people, while women are immediately in danger of being assaulted. I did like Fire though even with the few faults she had and I loved her horse, Small. Most of the pages were irrelevant to the story and were just there to make the book bigger.

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