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A must-read title for all fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Trudi Canavan, FIRE is an exceptional fantasy novel. From the deft characterisation to the gripping story, the fast-paced action to the evocative prose, this is one of the strongest fantasy novels of the year.

Set in a world of stunningly beautiful, exceptionally dangerous monsters, Fire is one of the most dangerous monsters of all - a human one. Marked out by her vivid red hair, she's more than attractive. Fire is mesmerising.

But with this extraordinary beauty comes influence and power. People who are susceptible to her appeal will do anything for her attention, and for her affection. They will turn away from their families, their work, and their duties for her. They will forget their responsibilities to please her ... and worse, crush nations, neglect kingdoms and abuse their power.

Aware of her power, and afraid of it, Fire lives in a corner of the world away from people, and away from temptation. Until the day comes when she is needed - a day when, for her king, she has to take a stand not only against his enemies, but also against herself ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 280g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575085134
  • 9780575085138
  • 24,995

About Kristin Cashore

KRISTIN CASHORE grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
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172,607 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 42% (72,747)
4 34% (58,438)
3 17% (29,119)
2 5% (8,375)
1 2% (3,928)

Our customer reviews

Another excellent piece from Cashore. I loved this novel and will definitely be reading it again. What impressed me the most was the description of Fire and of all the problems that come from being overly beautiful. I started to become annoyed every time someone tried to run their hands through Fire's hair and I almost threw the book away until I realised that my annoyance was just a fraction of what Fire would be experiencing. In this way, I felt a connection between her and me, I was able to take on her feelings and understand her decisions. Fire's childhood friend, Archer, was another character that I enjoyed reading about. I didn't like him as much but he was well written and every believable. Cashore makes sure that her characters remain true to their natures and their reactions to the situations are, not predictable but, more
by Misty
I have just finished this the second book by Krisrin Cashore and thoroughly enjoyed it. Fire is a "monster", she lives in a land where there are "Monsters" living creatures that are in other ways like normal creatures except they are glorious colours with a desire to kill and eat other monsters! Fire is so beautiful people will do ANYTHING for her attention, but she is as beautiful inside and out, and refuses to use her power for wrong-doing. She lives a quiet secluded life to try and protect herself and others from the dreadful things that can be done in her name! It is very well written, unusual, and I look forward to reading more from this talented more
by Penny Cunningham
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