I read a lot of good books in 2017. Like, a lot. It might have had something to do with my inability to waste time on books that didn’t grab my attention and latch on. Seriously, I only had a few low star reviews because I DNF’d books that didn’t entice me within the first 100 pages. The books that did make it beyond that stage and had low ratings were there for a few reasons, but this review is about Fire, the amazing sequel/companion to Graceling.
This book starts with a bang and an eerie story of a controlling little boy, that you learn at the end of the prologue is King Leck, the villain of book one. You don’t have to read book one in order to understand book two, but it makes it so much better if you do. Like, mountains better (pun intended, if you’ve read the book). The books tie seamlessly together, while at the same time, they are their own worlds, their own characters – something different and exciting.
First off, I loved Fire. The main character of the book is a monster in human skin, meaning that she has a knack for attracting unwanted attention in a world where monsters are bright colors and sometimes talk. I didn’t want to compare her to Katsa, but inevitably, I did. I wouldn’t say I liked her more than Katsa, but I connected with her more. She wanted to be normal and fall in love, start a family (no matter how much of a motley crew it enticed). She didn’t want to worry about the weight of going outside without a headscarf to hide her bright, tantalizing hair and what it caused people – and other monsters – to do. She lived with one foot in the human world and feared the other one getting stuck in the monstrous realm. Her spirit was infectious, and I understood where she came from, the choices she feared, and the decisions that she made.
She was a girl with the world at her feet and no idea what to do with it.
THE LOVE STORY. OH MY SWEET HEAVENS, THAT LOVE STORY. It’s almost impossible to talk about how wonderful this love story was in regular font. BECAUSE BRIGAN – THE ONE THAT SAW HER AND ONLY HER. Yes, their love started out rocky, and they don’t kiss until the last hundred pages, but OH MY WORD, THE LOVE STORY. If you’re not fangirling over the Prince of the Dells, then I’m not convinced we read the same book.
She also had some amazing friendships. She and Archer had a complicated relationship, and I wanted them to have a happily-ever-after, friendship-style. I loved Archer in an unhealthy, you-really-shouldn’t-like-this-character way but couldn’t help it. His love for Fire was so pure, and I wished it could have been them against the world.
I started listening to this book as an audiobook after finishing the audiobook for Graceling. I purchased the book because I already own Bitterblue and had to own the entire trilogy (duh, book nerd math). When I really like a book, I have a habit of picking up the physical book and reading it, wanting to hold the book and have the story in my hands. This happened with Fire, and I loved it. It was the last book I read in 2017, and the first book I read in 2018. I literally rang in the new year with Brigan, Fire, and the people of the Dells – and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.