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Bookends About Fire

Title: Fire
Author: Kristin Cashore
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Series: Graceling|Fire (you are here)|Bitterblue
Review Summary: A little too similar to Graceling and not quite as good, but still an enjoyable read.

Although written second, Fire is actually a prequel to Graceling with only one character in common between the two books.  Like GracelingFire is the story of a young woman coming to terms with her own power, in this case the power to control the minds of others.  Known as “monsters” people with such powers are feared more than respected and Fire (our protagonist) has to decide whether she is willing to use her powers to help prevent the overthrow of the king by rebel lords. Continue reading

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Bookends About Graceling

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: Well-written, unique world with magic that obeys believable rules, and great characters.  Brought back fond memories of reading Tamora Pierce’s quartets about strong heroines taking on traditionally male roles.

Graceling is a story about Katsa, a rare individual Graced with a supernatural level of skill – in her case, the Grace of killing.  Although previously the king has used Katsa to enforce his often cruel will on his subjects, in this novel she begins to question her place in his plans and discover her own identity.  There is also a handsome prince (a supporting character who complements but doesn’t overshadow our heroine) and of course an evil villain. Continue reading

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