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Fire (Graceling #2)
by Kristin Cashore
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 870L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Dial Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2009
NO. PAGES: 480
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: Graceling
PREQUEL: Graceling
SEQUEL: Bitterblue (Graceling #3)
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews - Best Young Adult or Starred Review
ISBN: 0803734611
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Fire (Graceling #2)—Book Review

In the kingdom of the Dells, seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human monster. Irresistibly beautiful, Fire has the unique ability to control people's minds and actions. Determined not to become the treacherous monster her father was, Fire has vowed to use her power only in self-defense. When called to King City by the royal family, Fire must decide if she will make an exception and help defeat the rebel armies planning to overthrow King Nash.
The Scoop
Fire (Graceling #2)—Book Review
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This compelling companion book to Graceling tells the tale of another strong, self-reliant teen girl. While there is some mature content, the context of the book is fantasy. Fire is in a sexual relationship (starting at age fifteen) and she eats a special plant to prevent pregnancy. Because Fire will not marry her lover, he sleeps with other girls/women, resulting in two pregnancies. None of the sexual encounters are described in any detail. There are many reference to Fire's monthly "bleeding" as blood attracts monster animals that threaten her life. The evil king from Graceling makes an appearance in the story, once again committing murders and torturing animals. There are also some violent situations with deaths by swords, spears, daggers, bows and arrows. It is revealed that Fire killed her father (using mind control) and made it look like suicide to end his reign of terror. Unlike her father, Fire is ethical and compassionate. None of the teen characters use drugs or alcohol. Language is mild.
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