AUTHOR: Kristin Cashore

GENRE: Young Adult, Adult & Fantasy Fiction


SETTING(S) : Indeterminate Past AD, The Dell

SUBJECT: Love, Adventure, Fantasy, Good Vs. Evil, Magic, Murder, Psychics

MAIN CHARACTERS: Fire, Prince Brigan, Archer, Lord Brocker, King Nash, Hanna, Clara, Queen Roen and Prince Garan

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.

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This book is unsuitable for young adults under the age of 20 Yrs.  If it was made into a movie it would have to be rated PG13 due to the casual sexual content and anti-marriage message.

Graceling had a very strong female character in which young adults could relate to.  I don’t remember it having any sexual content, it’s main character did have the grace of survival.  Fire on the other hand was weakened by her lack of self-control. Sure she is a good horsewoman, archer and can read people’s minds but away from that she is pretty useless.  I think what makes her useless is her beauty in which anyone looking at her will lose their mind and self-control.

Fire is only 17 years old yet she sleeps around with her “male best friend” who is a womanizer and whose asked her to marry him several times throughout the book.  And when he doesn’t get his way he ends up sleeping with Princess Clara and one of Fire’s guards who is only 15 years of age.  Both become pregnant, big surprise there.  The only consequence for Fire’s “friend Archer” is he ends up dying after going out on a quest.  What purpose was this character Archer any way if his only purpose was getting two young women pregnant?  What is it really teaching young women ages 14 and up?  Get yourself pregnant by the wrong guy and hopefully the right guy will marry you and raise your children.

Graceling in my opinion was a better book than Fire.  Yes Fire had a lot of adventure, romance and a good plot.  But it would have been a better book without the drama of people sleeping around and figuring out whose baby’s father was whose.  All of that was just silly modern drama that has no place in Young Adult Fiction.  Even with all that drama I would have liked at lease some clue that Fire married Brigan.

I would rate it as a 3/5 due to its poor taste in the romance drama.  Adventure wise it was a joy to read about Fire’s journey’s and life and how she overcame her obstacles.  Loved Cashore’s descriptions on King’s City and various location in Dell.   I’ll have to really look closer to the next Kristin Cashore book before I read it.