My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a companion novel to Cashore’s “Graceling“. I glossed over the ‘companion’ description and was really hoping for a book that was directly connected to ‘Graceling’ – it isn’t. Once I got over that expectation I really enjoyed the story of the title character, Fire.
She is a daughter of a monster and a monster herself. Being a monster, however means that she is beautiful and causes all that look upon her to fall in love or lust with her, it also gives her the ability to read the thoughts of others and communicate her own thoughts directly with someone. Her mental abilities also allow her to control the thoughts of people, either subtly without their knowledge, or forcefully.
The novel forces the reader to an interesting perspective on what a ‘monster’ is. Fire’s father, Castrel, used his powers in a truly monstrous way, manipulating people for his entertainment and suffering no conscience for the suffering he caused others. Fire, on the other hand, does what she can to deny the power she has, by covering up her rainbow hair and staying out of the heads of those around her. This novel could be used to discuss how an author using actions in their characterization, and how the physical appearance of a character does always accurately reflect the type of person they are.
There are some adult themes – sex mainly, both consensual and forced, are discussed often. Know the student before suggesting this book.
- Graceling Book Review (naturemoms.com)