Fire , book two of the Seven kingdoms Trilogy by Kristin Cashore, narrated by Xanthe Elbrick. This is the second book I have read by her, and every time I think of her books I can't get over the beautiful prose! I tell you, she uses descriptive language that would make a thesaurus cry!
Fire is a story about a "monster-girl" - not any ordinary monster, but one possessing so much beauty that the other characters cannot even take their eyes off her. She is not only a "monster/human", she's talented, caring, adventurous, unbelievably brave and deeply emotional about people she helps and especially people she loves.
Fire is a multi-faceted love-story that spans across characters as well as kingdoms. Kristin Cashore reveals her character as translucent - there are no secrets with her characters; they are who they are. Fire leaves her sheltered life for one of service to the king. In accomplishing the mission she was requested to complete, she forges a friendship with the king, his brother the prince, as well as a portion of his army. Fire is under constant threat from kidnappers and in the middle of a war. Can she keep a level head and find her purpose in life? Can she allow herself to love and be loved? Fire's journey takes you through colorful and dangerous kingdoms as well as gut-wrenching emotions.
My only reservations were the arc of the book was not what I am accustomed to and that I was completely confused by the family ties. For a 32 chapter book, they were mentioned in only a sentence or two but had a great bearing on the story. I do think some of my confusion is from listening to an audio copy rather than a printed copy that I could easily flip back through. If you read Fire and can help me follow the ties that bind - please post a comment.
Check out this alternate cover for Fire
I give Firefour stars! Watch the YouTube Trailer here:
Read also her first book in the Graceling Realm , Graceling and her sequel, Bitterblue.