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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