Okay, I have a confession to make. When I first knew of Kristin Cashore’s Fire, I tried to read it and could not get into it. I didn’t like that Fire’s problems centered around her physical appearance, and I considered it a disappointment as compared to Graceling, which I adored. However, after reading Bitterblue, I became intrigued by Fire, and I decided that I needed to know her story. With that in mind, I picked up Fire.
Fire is a human monster: she is unnaturally beautiful and has strong mental powers that allows her to understand others’ perceptions and control them. However, she is desperately afraid of her own nature. As her world is plunged into chaos by civil war, Fire must learn to come to terms with who she is and stand up to fight for her new friends and world.
I am very glad that I decided to give Fire a second chance. On a basic level, I was happy to have a more full understanding of the history that led up to Bitterblue. However, other things about the book pleased me. The characters were great: I have a huge appreciation for Cashore’s characters because she is very good at getting the reader into her characters’ minds and emotions, but not in an annoying, overbearing way. I also enjoyed the plot of Fire. Like her other books, Cashore mixes a lot of high intrigue and very day-to-day problems into this story, and this combination was very enjoyable. Fire and Brigan’s relationship was very nicely played out, and I liked that it was woven into the rest of the plot. Romance does not take her books over completely, and I was glad to see Fire was no exception. I am not very fond of books where the romance is the driving force, and it’s so refreshing when I read a young adult book where this doesn’t happen.
And there you have it. Hmm…maybe this means I should start giving other books a second chance.