Winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.
Winner of the Cybil in the category of YA Fantasy and Science Fiction.
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
A Kirkus Best YA Book of 2009. (PDF)
One of Booklist's “Top 10 SF/Fantasy Titles for Youth.”
A YALSA 2010 Teens’ Top Ten Nomination. (PDF)
A Washington Post Best Kid's Book of the Year.
A Seattle Times Best YA Book of 2009.
On the Winter 2010 Indie Next Kid's List.
On the 2010 CCBC Choices list.
"Cashore’s prose has matured, growing piercing and elegant.... The romance... is tenderly drawn and satisfyingly slow to develop.... political machinations, physical peril, and inventive world-building.... this stand-alone prequel surpasses Cashore’s debut and paves the way for further exploration of a world in which readers will happily immerse themselves." -- Starred, The Horn Book Magazine
"[T]he subtle intrigues of palace plots and even the sickening horrors of open warfare are vehicles to total immersion into Fire’s character.... Fire ... tentatively, tenderly, passionately falls in love with a family, a city, a kingdom, with the very contradictions that make them human—and, at the last, with her own place among them. Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"[R]eaders can enjoy this novel without having read Graceling.... and enjoy it they will, with its vivid storytelling, strongly realized alternate world, well-drawn characters, convincing fantasy elements, gripping adventure scenes, and memorable love story." -- Starred, Booklist
"[R]eaders will fall in love with [Fire].... More adult in tone than Graceling, this marvelous prequel will appeal to older teens, who will not only devour it, but will also love talking about it." -- Starred, School Library Journal
"[I]ts themes—embracing your talents and moving out of your parents' shadow—are similar [to those of Graceling], as is the absorbing quality of Cashore's prose.... Many twists propel the action.... tension that keeps the pages turning." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly
"Cashore is that rare gifted writer who can give a fantasy novel real depth.... One of the things Cashore does beautifully in Fire is to examine the workings of desire -- and not always as it relates to sex.... Having created an exaggeration of female experience in Fire's monster form, Cashore can be brutally honest about the realities of girls' lives." -- Los Angeles Times
"There aren’t enough words to describe how awesome this book is." -- Top Pick, Gold Star, Romantic Times
"This elegantly written prequel to the acclaimed "Graceling" blazes with the questions of young adulthood: Who am I? How do I stand in relation to my parents? What choices will define my life? Seeing those concerns played out by Fire... and a host of memorable minor characters proves as compelling as the richly detailed medieval backdrop, the tension between battling lords and the mysterious presence of [a] strange-eyed... character common to both novels." -- The Washington Post
"As a fantasy writer, Cashore sets herself apart with a passionate descriptive style... The book is also commendably realistic --almost cynical -- about romance... Cashore can also write action scenes... a good addition to the young adult bookshelf." -- The New York Times Book Review
"The bold adventure, a realistic fantasy world, well-rounded characters, a strong female protagonist, and superb writing make Fire a compelling read and one sure to win many honors." -- Starred, Library Media Connections
Praise for Graceling
Shortlisted for the ALA's William C. Morris Award.
A finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
On the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 2009 Blue Ribbon list.
A New York Times and a Publishers Weekly best seller.