She is the last of her kind...
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.
Officially, Fire serves as a prequel to Graceling. You don’t necessarily need to have read Graceling in order to understand Fire though. In my opinion, both of the books are perfectly good standalone novels.
Despite my opinion, I know that many will still try to compare the two. Let me just say that Fire and Graceling should not be compared. Fire, in comparison to Graceling, develops at a much slower pace. However, one must consider that Fire has far more key players and lacks an all encompassing central conflict. Rather than one main driving force, dozens of subplots entwine together to ultimately create the story.
In the beginning when each of these plots was being introduced, I’ll admit that the story lagged a bit. Once more of them began to appear and blossom, however, I was completely enthralled. Since Fire tackled such a broad range of conflicts, at any one time there was at least three plots developing, whether I knew it or not at the time. It was because of this constant development that I enjoyed Fire so much. For me, the story was a puzzle that needed to be solved. Each subplot fit together somehow, and it was up to me to figure out how.
This was a stunningly crafted novel and a wonderful read.