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 has 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 a 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.
CLACKERS! I was a bit disappointed in this book as it’s received such high praise from around the web. Graceling was one of my favorite’s last year, and many touted this book as being even better. I don’t know what book they were reading but Fire doesn’t even come close to the awesomeness of Graceling. While it is a perfectly decent story, it just didn’t live up to the hype or my expectations of it.
Fire can control minds but will only use her gift to protect herself from being harmed. She’s terrified of becoming like her monster father who used and abused his power. But when the distant Kingdom she comes from finds themselves on the brink of war, Fire must decide on whether or not to use her power to help prevent it.
Considering that this story was supposed to be fantasy, it came off as a bit dull for me. While I was curious about Fire and her abilities, nothing ever really seemed to be happening in the book. Besides the occasional familial or relationship reveal, there was nothing of significance to keep me really interested in the story. Even Fire’s ability was not fully explored (in my opinion) and kind of confusing. Heck even Fire seemed confused about it most of the time. Sometimes she could use it, but it seemed most people knew how to guard themselves against her ability, which made me wonder what use was it really? The only time it really came in handy was towards the end when she was easing the pain of injured soldiers.
There are 461 pages in this story, and there is no real action or anything of significance going on until about 360 pages in. That’s a lot to read when only the last 100 pages contains any excitement. But while the plot didn’t really do anything for me I did enjoy some of the characters. Fire was sensitive and caring while her best friend and former lover Archer was charismatic and protective. Prince Brigan was honorable and noble beyond measure, and I became fond of Brigan’s family.
Overall this book was very meh-ish. A decent story but nothing to really get excited and shout from the rooftops about. It was just okay for me.
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