Ms. Cashore's blog: Fire, Graceling's stand-alone prequel-ish companion book, takes place across the mountains to the east of the seven kingdoms, in a rocky, war-torn land called the Dells.Here's a short bit about this from
Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.
Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.
I grabbed this book assuming it was the follow-up to Graceling. Once I adjusted to the fact that it was a pre-quel to Graceling, it sailed along. Fire is an amazing, strong character. She sounds lovely. I wish I could have red, orange, and fuschia in my hair without looking like I've lost my mind. Archer was a good guy, a bit impulsive, but a good guy nonetheless. I don't want to give anything away for those that haven't read it. I'll just say I like Archer.