Fire (Graceling Realm #2)

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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Fire (Graceling Realm #2)

Kristin Cashore

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) I typically read book 2 of a series because I loved the characters or story of book 1. Changing those characters for book 2 is a bold move that doesn’t always work. Fire begins with a character we know but that character is very briefly seen. This book has a whole new set of characters and time period than Graceling.

It took me a long time to get into this book. I missed Katsa. While Fire is a character I grew to like, I kept waiting for people I already knew to show up. I kept waiting to see what the point of this story was, in connection with book 1. Sadly, it never came.  

I’m very curious to see how both books tie into book 3. There are characters from book 1 in book 3 so my mind is reeling with possibilities. Are book 2 and 4 connected? I guess we will see!

Overall, I grew to like Fire and her story but I wasn’t as invested in her as I was Katsa.

Thank you to Penguin Teen for the read-a-long!

Detailed Content Review





A**- 1

B****- 1



Religious Cursing





Derogatory terms etc-


Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A young woman drinks wine. 

A father comes strung out on drugs many times. 

A man is drunk.

A man drinks too much wine. 

A young woman drinks wine. 

A young woman is taken captive and sedated many times. 

Medicines were “good” for a young woman’s surgery to help with pain. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

*No LGBTQ+ aspects included*

The women a man couldn’t seduce, he raped. The women who got pregnant, he killed. He did not want the children to grow up and be against him. 

A young woman takes a young man to bed. (Previously, said in passing).

A young man kisses a young woman.

A drunk man pushes a young woman against the wall and kisses her. Then gropes her breasts and back. 

A young woman takes birth control herbs. 

A young man sleeps with many young women. No details. 

A young man kisses a young woman. 

The menstruation of a young woman is referred to multiple times. 

A young woman gets pregnant. 

A woman tells a young woman about a medicine that will completely remove any chance for ever having a child. 

A young man kisses a young woman and she takes him up to her bed. Sex implied. 

A man sleeps with a young woman. A friend chides him. 

A young woman becomes pregnant. 

People take a young woman’s clothes off and their clothes off to get close and warm her from hypothermia. 

A young woman sleeps in the same bed as a man. She puts on her clothes in the morning. 

A young woman is “tangled” in bed with a man in the morning. 

A young woman has a baby. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

If a woman got pregnant with his child, a man would kill the woman and the child.

A young boy cuts animals.

A young boy stabs and kills his father. 

A man orders 8 men to shatter a man’s legs. They take mallots to him. He is then in a wheelchair. 

A man uses an ability to cause a man immense pain then kicks him in the groin repeatedly. 

A young man grabs a young woman’s wrists and wrenches them up, hurting her and bruising her. 

Many men and one young woman fight 200 large flying raptors. A raptor tries to grab her off her horse, instead making her horse very bloody. 

A man is shot in the back with an arrow and dies. 

A man punches a man multiple times. 

A man hits a young woman, sending her falling. He cut her with his ring. 

A man previously was tortured and killed. 

A man grabs a young woman’s neck and squeezes. He also breaks her nose. 

A man hits another man so hard that his face changes shape then drove his sword into his heart. 

A young woman is shot with an arrow and falls unconscious. She wakes and they give her a sedative. When she wakes again, she compels a man to punch a young man. A man holds her throat and a young man hits her face. 

A young woman finds a young man dead with an arrow in his gut. 

A young woman lights a house and more on fire. She burns bodies. 

An arrow is shot into the back of a man. Many men attack each other. One man has blood coming from his mouth as he lies, dying. 

A young woman is responsible for her fathers death. 

Potentially Intense Themes

A young woman dies in childbirth.

There is war and many are hurt or dying. A young woman mentally helps them with pain and more. 

A young woman needs fingers removed after frostbite. 

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  1. I loved the first one but I never continued on with the series. I really dislike it when the author changes the main character in the sequels.

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