Author: Kristin Cashore.
Year of Publication: 2009 (UK).
Publisher: Gollancz (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £12.99 (UK).
Age Range: I suggest from about 14 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the second book in a series called Graceling Realm.
This book is a prequel to Graceling, set years before hand, in a land that looks similar to that of Graceling, but with some very major differences. There are no ‘Gracelings’ here, save for one, a young man who found his way here through a secret route, and is bent of domination.
This land may not have any Gracelings, but it does have its monsters. A young lady called Fire is one of them, and she’s a spy for the King. We join her on a journey into her own past, and as she tries to figure out her path into the future. But on a fateful night she is captured and tortured by a man you will recognise from the first book.
She eventually escapes, and kills the man (or though she thinks, if you’ve read the first book you’ll not that she has simply made him someone else’s problem). She returns to the capitol a hero, but having lost the people she cares about the most.
The next book in the series is called Bitterblue.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene.