Fire is the second book by Kristin Cashore, which is set in the same world as her first, Graceling. There is only one character who is in both stories and since its been some time since I read Graceling, I had to get Kathleen to tell me which character it was! So clearly if you haven’t read the first book, it doesn’t impact the enjoyment of the second.
This story is set in the country on the other side of the mountains from Graceling. The Dells have monsters, which are incredible beautiful creatures that attract humans. Fire is the only human-shaped monster alive since her cruel monster father, Cansrel, died. Fire has to keep her hair covered to try to camouflage herself from unwanted attention. She has the power to control people’s minds and the day comes when the King and his brother request her help to keep the kingdom safe and she has to decide what she can do to help without compromising herself and behaving the way her father did.