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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fire by Kristin Cashore

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Summary: The last remaining human monster struggles with the moral dilemma about using her powers to save the kingdom.

Kristin Cashore creates worlds so distinct that you can't helped being sucked in. This book is a companion piece to Cashore's novel Graceling, which you have to read if you haven't already. The two can be read independently of one another, because they take place on opposite sides of the mountain that separates the two kingdoms.

Fire, the last remaining human monster, is summoned to the capitol city to use her mind-reading and mind-controlling powers to determine which people are aligned against the king or for the king. Having lived with the cruel capriciousness of her father, also a human monster and advisor to the king, Fire is scared of her own power as she realizes that there is a fine line between using her talents for the right cause and truly becoming a monster. 

The love story which develops with the king's brother, Brigan, who's the head of the king's army, is a tender, awkward, careful love. This is a young adult book, but as in many YA books, this one is for late teens, not tweens by any means. 

You'll be fascinated by this new world, and I'm sure, will also eagerly await the next book by Cashore. 

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