Saturday, January 1, 2011


 Warning: This review may contain spoiler!

Fire is a prequel to Graceling but is a second book of the Graceling Series.  Because of the reviews that I have read online, I came to believe that Fire was better than Graceling. I thought it really must have superseded the first book, so i bought it.

Nah! I don't think so.

Graceling is fast paced, easy to read and full of action. I never get weary of reading it. Well, I found Fire dreary in between parts where King Leck was mentioned. The narration was boring, mind-numbing me to death. (You know the feeling when you are reading history book? That tiresome.)

In the beginning, I was hooked because of King Leck. Then came the nauseous narration pertaining to Fire and the Kingdom….hohuuuummm!!! I dropped my book and just  reread the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud for a breather.

But then again, since I bought the book, I continued reading it and skipped reading some tiresome stuff. (I know somehow it’s relevant to the story but sorry, it did not perk me up really.I just want to get over with it.) Then on Leck’s part again, when he kidnapped Fire I got interested again. It was the climatic part for me. But with the war and all yadah-yadah, I kinda felt I wasted my money buying this book.

The review said that creating Fire, Kristine Cashore has become matured in writing. The matured part they must be pertaining to was the sex and infidelity part, so no, I didn't like Fire (that's putting it bluntly). Don’t get me wrong, war has also an appeal to me—a war that gives detail of the plots, strategies, betrayal and great battles. Hmm...I guess this book was just not for me. Sorry Kristin, I was not as impressed as your 1st book.  I didn’t appreciate a beautiful creature to be called a monster. Perhaps if it was given a name other than monster, it may be a little more catchy. A name that you invented to engrave it in our minds (for example, the word muggle by J.K. Rowling, that pertains to people without magic). Since you are already inventing this creature, why not invent a name for it? Just a thought.

Anyway, let’s see how your third book Bitterblue, will come out. Since it is a sequel to Graceling, I hope it’s better. Really better and not just press releases. 

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