A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
(This is the second book in the Graceling Realm trilogy. Spoilers below.)
Summary – It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.
This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.
Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.
If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.
Initial Thoughts – So I was stupid and didn’t read the summary of this book before reading. I spent the first half of the book trying to connect this story to the vague memories of the first one that I had read a year or so ago. However, the stories aren’t related, only written in the same world. Once I finally read the summary and understood, the book got a lot better.
Plot – ★★★★☆ The intensity of this book kept me interested for the entire novel. I was never not worried for Fire and the characters she grows to love.
Characters – ★★★★★ Fire has an amazing character arc to acceptance from others and, most importantly, from herself. Archer was another favorite due to his unapologetic temper and adorable love.
Story world – ★★★★★ I wish I could live in this story world. (Without, you know, all the danger and death…) The monsters and Gracelings entranced me with their magical powers and beauty.
Style – ★★★★☆ Cashore has a nack for explaining unnatural things as if they were completely natural. I loved how she explored how closely adoring obsession and hatred are related.
Closing Thoughts – I wish the Graceling trilogy followed the same characters, because I would love for Fire and Katsa to meet each other. However, I am looking forward to reading the last book in the trilogy.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of enchanting lands, mystical monsters, and slow love.