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A must-read title for all fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Trudi Canavan, Fire is an exceptional fantasy novel. From the deft characterisation to the gripping story, the fast-paced action to the evocative prose, this is one of the strongest fantasy novels of the year.

Set in a world of stunningly beautiful, exceptionally dangerous monsters, Fire is one of the most dangerous monsters of all - a human one. Marked out by her vivid red hair, she's more than attractive. Fire is mesmerising.

But with this extraordinary beauty comes influence and power. People who are susceptible to her appeal will do anything for her attention, and for her affection. They will turn away from their families, their work, and their duties for her. They will forget their responsibilities to please her and worse, crush nations, neglect kingdoms and abuse their power.

Aware of her power, and afraid of it, Fire lives in a corner of the world away from people, and away from temptation. Until the day comes when she is needed - a day when, for her king, she has to take a stand not only against his enemies, but also against herself.

©2009 Kristin Cashore (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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Blown Away - my new favourite Fantasy writer

Would you listen to Fire again? Why?

This book captured my whole imagination. The story was more ambitious than Graceling and I preferred the romance in this novel as it had a slower build.
The fantasy elements were amazing, I loved the descriptions of King City and colourful monsters. (This trilogy deserves to be shelved in Fantasy not YA.)
I think I must have a very similar sense of humour to Cashore because I grinned a lot while reading this.

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great concept well executed

it was an enjoyable read all the way through, but the start catches you because of the premise and the end is very well written character driven tension.

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Good but not amazing

Would you try another book written by Kristin Cashore or narrated by Emma Powell?

I absolutely would! I just think this one feels a bit like a travelling book form 1 to 3

Would you recommend Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

It is a part of a series and so yes, you'd need to read it to understand the next book, but as for a standalone book, I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed

What about Emma Powell’s performance did you like?

It took me a little while to get used to her voice and style, but I very soon felt she is a good narrator and has a very pleasant voice and intonation

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Good Book

Good Book. was quite hard to get into and a bit unrealistic at times. None of the main characters relate to the first book. Narrator is the same as the first book.

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Not that good.

Rather disappointing. Not as good as the first book. I will not continue to follow this series.

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A brilliant author who does not disappoint

I love Kristin Cashore's style of writing, her imaginative stories and rich characters. This is yet another brilliant book read by a wonderful narrator and I was compelled to listen to it at every opportunity. I hope there are many more to come.

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Mesmerising

Just brilliant. My favourite of the trilogy. Intriguing characters, fantastical creatures and a riveting storyline.

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A great sequel

If you loved Graceling, you will enjoy its sequel, Fire. Kristin Cashore is winning again with painting her imaginary world with a thoroughly creative and generous brush. The vivid colours and enchanting monsters will make you want to listen to this book in one go. Great series!

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Great sequel & well read

Love this series and its world-building. Very well read by Emma Powell also. Highly recommend!

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Very strange and unpleasant story

Initially I was so upset by the story that I couldn’t continue listening, and started listening to something else instead. It was only when I was stuck somewhere for hours with nothing else downloaded that I decided to go back and see if I could continue from where I had left off. Fortunately the episode that had stopped me was actually the end of that episode of unpleasantness, and it got more bearable from then on. I had bought the whole trilogy, and knew from the end of the first book the depraved nature of the first main character in this second book - but listening to a blow-by-blow account of his deeds was much more painful than third-hand and without details... Totally unsuitable for anyone under age 15, and I would recommend that it not be included in Young Adults’ Fiction at all. Could easily give people nightmares, or indeed spark disgusting copycat behaviour. It is well-written, and the ideas of Gracelings (and Monsters) are innovative to me, but I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone because of sadism and other depravity in books 2 and 3.

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  • Rick
  • 24-05-13

Not as good as the first

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Set in a different location but same world as Graceling, there is only one character familiar to readers of the first book. The story has a broad romantic streak through it - if you enjoyed the relationship of the protagonists in Graceling you'll enjoy more of the same in Fire. It is still a fantasy novel though, and fantasy themes are fundamental to the story.

Would you recommend Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they liked Graceling, I didnt find the story as enjoyable as Graceling.

What does Emma Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Smooth voice, good pacing, good voice characterisations

Any additional comments?

This is a different story to Graceling, so fans of that book may be disappointed. Or like me, it may just grow on you if you give it a go.

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  • Moonglotexas
  • 12-09-13

Even better than I hoped

What made the experience of listening to Fire the most enjoyable?

I was so relieved that the lead character is as charismatic as the one from Graceling. the story ties in enough that you feel a continuity as well as a sense your eyes being opened. The land is mystical, magical and so exquisitely crafted, I didn't want to leave. I was so sad when the book finally ended, not because the ending wasn't GREAT, but because it was the end.

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Loved it, if you liked the first, treat yourself to Fire

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  • Elizabeth
  • 26-11-12

Not what I expected!

After graceling, this book was somewhat of a let down. I had high expectations, but it wasn't until at least halfway through that the story became at least a little interesting. Overall I felt that it was a disappointing addition to the series.

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  • Marie
  • 11-07-12

Action with romance.

Really enjoyed this story, as I enjoyed the author's previous book in this series. Credible characters. Action with a little romance as well. The reader is also nice to listen to.

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