Fire (The Seven Kingdoms, #2) by Kristin Cashore

Fire is set in a world where there are beautiful creatures with fantastic colors, called monsters, that have the ability to influence peoples minds and make them more susceptible to attacks, since what they want most is flesh – especially the flesh of other monsters. The world is already torn apart by an impending war, and the balance of that war can be tipped by Fire, the last human monster.

An interesting world
I was very impressed by the world building used in this book. It wasn’t very advanced, but what little that there was, is very interesting. The idea of a race of creatures who are identical to a species except for their coloring having the power to influence people is very interesting, and the idea of having a human creature like this is pretty awesome. Unlike all of the other monsters in the world, she can communicate with other humans and can use her powers for good since she possesses a conscious and is driven by more than her bloodlust.

A likable character
Fire is a gorgeous woman with fiery red hair and the power to read and influence people’s minds. This, in my mind, makes her a pretty awesome character. She’s insecure, but that’s to be expected. Unfortunately, she is the only likable character in this book. The rest of the characters are either too boring, or if they’re supposed to play a big part in the story, they aren’t mentioned enough, so that when their big part comes around, you feel like you should care more, but there just wasn’t enough about that character for you to actually care.

A see-through plot
Everything that happened in this book I could call 100 pages beforehand, which is sad. There were absolutely no surprises, no moments where I had to re-read a section to make sure I read it correctly, because surely, that could not have just happened. The story was enjoyable, but there just weren’t any plot twists at all, which I think is a must for any fantasy book.

A horrible start
The first hundred pages of the book were an incredible struggle to get through, and absolutely nothing happens until Chapter 9, which is unfortunate. After that, it does pick up, but it’s a huge struggle to get to that point.

Why you should read this book?
You shouldn’t. The first book in the series was fantastic and I loved it, but this book, while set in the same world, is horrible in comparison. The characters were weak, the plot was exceedingly bad, and while the world was interesting, it just doesn’t live up to expectations.

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  1. Stephan van Velzen

    Hey James, this is me testing if the comment notifications you asked me for actually work. 😉 If they work, you should get an email stating I have posted this comment.

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