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Fire is the last remaining human monster. She can control minds as and when she wants to but avoids using any of her powers because she believes that noone should steal one’s secrets. Then, Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City. Her power could save the kingdom.

What makes this book stand out?

It's not an explosive, fast-paced fantasy romp. It's a story about Fire, about this woman who is not a soldier in the war but who lives while it's going on and is connected to it, weaved into a much bigger web.

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Cashore's writing is gentle but wonderful, it's sophisticated, it's not at all like a typical Young Adult fantasy style because it doesn't patronize and it doesn't shout.

Don't read it for

The book tends to get boring halfway through as the narration is repetitive.

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