Sometimes beauty is the most deadly danger of all...
"Cashore has set the bar exceedingly high." – Publisher's Weekly
A must-read title for all fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Trudi Canavan, Fire is an exceptional fantasy novel. From the deft characterization 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 at 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 stand against not only his enemies, but also against herself...
Kristin Cashore is the author of the best-selling and award-winning Graceling Realm novels and the genre-bending novel Jane, Unlimited. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. The New York Times Book Review has said of her work: “Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both.” She lives in the Boston area.
Graceling Realm consists of five works, and the series is set to expand with the upcoming release of one more book. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.