Fire by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Realm #2)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: I drank a fuck ton of wine. I feel like a broken record saying that each time, but it’s always true. Ginny and I had a roommate night… and here comes Sad Sam but we only have a few of those left so I’m making the most out of them.
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.
Drunk Overview: This is a compainio novel to Graceling. Same world, different… country? Really different magic but connects pretty seamlessly into the first book. Our main character Fire is part Monster. In this country, all monster creatures (and I mean all of them) are attracted to each other. Monster sparrows want to peck monster deer who love getting bitten by monster mosquitoes, etc. Fire… is one of the only part human Monsters and her looks (especially her hair) is controlling to other humans. She goes to court to help the royals in their interrogation (because who can resist?!?!) and this is her story getting to and learning how to live in that life. Oh and there’s a war. Because there’s always a war. Double oh, there’s a man. Because there’s always a man.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I can’t believe I slept so long on this series. I fucking love it. The stories are just so grounded and real. As a sexually active adult, I LOVE that there is a series that understands that while relationships are awesome, they may be temporary. And that while love is just the best thing ever, it’s also not always “forever” and it’s not always “i want to make babies with you.” So not all sex means you are in love and want to be together forever and not all love means you want to have sex. It’s just really fuckign refreshing.
Characters: Fire is awesome. Archer… my precious Archer… is also amazing. And then there’s the prince (not the king). You know who I’m talking about… They’re just all super well thought out and realistic. Also, some of the stuff Fire goes through is just super real. Like getting her god damn period and making the choice not to have kids. I felt all of that in my BONES. I don’t speak for other women (especially not on the kid front, I know I’m odd) but getting your period is the worst and this book basically makes Fire fear for her life every month and that’s hilarious. I’ve felt like I was gonna die before. ANYWAY that’s gross, I’ll shut it.
Plot: This was actually really slow. If I didn’t love the characters I wouldn’t have moved on. But I did so I did. I also listened on audio so I was able to go back when i “forgot” plot points. (I didn’t forget, I just wasn’t paying attention).
Writing Style: I was saying this before, Kristin is brilliant in making real life issues into magical ones… e.g., periods. But also her falling in love. No one has that thought IMMEDIATELY… at least, I’ve never. But by the time the characters say the words you have a moment of “oh shit, that’s the first time they’ve said it… I totally thought they had” and even though they hadn’t, as a reader YOU KNEW THEY DID.
Holy shit that hug towards the end? Where he looks at his sister and is liek “i need a minute with the lady” and then basically asks her to take care of his daughter butalsothERESAHUGIDIED. THEY HADNT EVEN SAID I LOVE YOU YET. Sorry, I’m back.
World Building: This was a whole new side of the world we didn’t know and it was great and didn’t feel out of place. It also fit very neatly into the previous story and that was awesome.
What to pair it with: A hot toddie. It’s just so incredibly comforting.
Rating: 4.5/5 Shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,