Welcome to stop #12 on Kristin Cashore’s “Getting to know the characters of Fire” Blog Tour!

If you haven’t heard of young adult sensation author Kristin Cashore, you must have been living under a rock for the past year. Her debut novel, Graceling took the fantasy world by storm (both adult and young adult alike), shortlisted and winner of many prestigious awards. We loved Graceling and its prequel/companion novel Fire was one of our most highly anticipated books of 2009.

About the Book:

She is the last of her kind…

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.

Not only did Fire manage to live up to the hype surrounding its release – it managed to surpass it, earning five starred reviews, as well as a 9/10 rating here on The Book Smugglers.

When we were invited to host a day of the Fire book tour, naturally we were ecstatic. Today, we are proud to introduce you to THREE fantastic new characters (some of our favorites from the book, in fact):

Musa, Mila, and Neel are just three of Fire’s extensive guard; they spend their days stopping people from killing her. Musa, calm and reliable, is in charge of the others. Mila is… well, she’s reliable, too, but perhaps a bit distracted these days… and Neel is a steady, comforting presence who can always be called upon to produce handkerchiefs in an emergency.

You’re intrigued, aren’t you? Well, it gets better. You can check out a full, 40 page excerpt from Fire below.

The Excerpt:

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The Countdown Widget:

And, of course…


We are offering ONE autographed copy of Fire to a lucky winner! The contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only. In order to enter, simply leave a comment here telling us who your favorite young adult novel heroine is.

Also, we’ll be awarding EXTRA ENTRIES for the following:

+1 for twittering a link to this contest and including the hashtag #firetour (please tell us you did so in an extra comment for it to count)
+1 for embedding the FIRE eBook sampler on your blog with a link to this contest (please tell us you did so in an extra comment for it to count)
+1 for embedding the countdown widget on your blog with a link to this contest (please tell us you did so in an extra comment for it to count)

FOR EXAMPLE: If you have entered the contest, twittered the topic, embedded the eBook sampler and the countdown widget on your blog (including links to this post), you should have left us FOUR COMMENTS here (one per action). Voila, you have been entered four times into the contest.

Other multiple entries that do not follow the rules specified above will be disqualified. If you have done all the embedding and linking and tweeting, but have only left us with one comment, you will only be entered one time into the giveaway – so don’t shortchange yourself!

The contest will run until October 3rd at 11:59 PM. We will randomly select and announce our winner on October 4th. Good Luck!

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82 Responses to “Getting to know the characters of FIRE” Blog Tour

  1. RKCharron says:

    Hi :)
    I’ve been looking forward to reading FIRE for a while now.
    Thanks for the great excerpt!
    My favorite heroine from YA is Scarlett Martin from Maureen Johnson’s SUITE SCARLETT.
    All the best,
    PS – Email’s in my Blogger Profile.

  2. Celia says:

    I’d love to be entered. A favorite YA heroine of mine is Robin McKinley’s Harry, from The Blue Sword. That girl is seriously awesome. I’m looking forward to reading Fire – thanks for the chance to win it!

  3. Celia says:

    Crap. Forgot my email address. It’s celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com.


  4. Kimberly B. says:

    I’m going to go with Helen from Laura Whitcomb’s A Certain Slant of Light. Mostly because we have similar bibliophile tendencies! Second would probably Gemma Doyle, from Libba Bray’s series. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  5. Kimberly B. says:

    I tweeted the contest @KimBea. Thanks!

  6. Rylie says:

    My favorite YA heroine is Taylor Markham from Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. rosie says:

    Great to read the little taster above.. now I just have to find out what happens next!

  8. Heather says:

    Enter my name in the draw please. My favourite YA heroine is Sabriel from Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy. A teenaged necromancer sending all the nasties back to death.

  9. stacy says:

    I really like Zoey Redbird from the PC/Kristen Cast series House of Night. :D

    I RT you (twitter name is Raycee3)

  10. Wanda says:

    My favourite is Bella in the Twilight series!

  11. devin says:

    Whoops. I left my comment in the review post…not this one. Thank you for the contest. Please enter me! Oh! And how can there be a better heroine than Katsa?!

  12. Jenn M. says:

    Hrm…favorite heroine from a YA novel….hard to answer because they have almost all been wimpy and or lacking in some way. I’m going to have to go with Chloe Saunders in The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong.

    I would totally embed said sampler and widget if I had any clue how to do it. AND I would twitter and leave a link if twitter didn’t scare the beejeezus out of me!

    I’m crossing my fingers for this one!!!


  13. elaing8 says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway.
    My favorite YA heroine is Rose Hathaway in the VA series by Richelle Mead

  14. What a fabulous contest – I’ve been enjoying this book tour! My favorite heroine is Harry from The Blue Sword.

  15. Valerie says:

    Katniss from The Hunger Games! I would really love to win this book- I’ve been dying to read it for a while!


  16. KMont says:

    Am I the only one not seeing the countdown widget? I feel le stewpid.

    Anyway – my favorite young adult heroine is a toughy. I’ve not read a whole lot of YA lately…let’s see, I’ll say…uuummm…well cripes…oh duh! Rose from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.

  17. Mollie says:

    I don’t know if it’s just because I recently read Catching Fire but I’m going to have to second Valrie’s choice of Katniss!

    biblioharlot at gmail dot com

  18. Mollie says:

    +1 tweeted ( buckilibrarian )

  19. Hannah says:

    My favorite has to be Alana from Tamora Pierce’s series.

  20. Michelle M says:

    I’d love to read this one -as I loved Graceling!!

    My favorite YA heroine of late has to be Chloe from the Awakening – she is too cool.


    mmillet at gmail dot com

  21. danielle says:

    I’ve been dying to read this for ages!

  22. Angie says:

    Could you ask a harder question? Hm. Alanna…Aerin…Alanna…Aerin. Or wait! Meg Powers…Rebecca Phillips…Meg…Rebecca. *head explodes*

  23. Morning Glow says:

    I would have to say my favorite heroine is Hermione from Harry Potter. I really identify with a bookish girl. Enter me, please!

    Morning Glow
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com

  24. Tiffany M says:

    I just finished her first book about two weeks ago and LOVED it! I cannot wait for this one. ^^

  25. Kate A says:

    OMG I can’t wait to read Fire! Great giveaway and I love the blog tour. I’ve followed all of it and now I’m even more anxious to read the book.

    My favourite YA heroine…hmm…thats a really hard one. I love Rose from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series and Katniss from the Hunger Games. I also loved Katsa in Graceling, which was one of my favourite reads this year.

  26. meredith goodall says:

    daine sarrasri from tamora pierce’s wild magic.

    i love tamora pierce.

  27. Mary H says:

    I would love to be entering in this contest.
    It’s really hard to find one young adult heroine that’s my favorite. I would have to say hermione from the harry potter books because I grew up with her for so many years although there are many many close seconds!

  28. Lindsay Tallman says:

    hello my name is lindsay and my favorite heroin is katniss from the hunger games

    lindsay.tallman@gmail.com :D

  29. Anonymous says:

    Well, aside from the obvious Katsa and Fire, I would definately have to say Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Frankie is my hero!!


  30. Please enter me.

    thebookvixen [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. Got the countdown widget on my sidebar


    left sidebar :D

  32. Erika says:

    I would like to enter to win! :) My favorite YA heroine is Rosie from Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End.

  33. Jena says:

    My current favorite YA heroine is Katniss of The Hunger Games trilogy.

  34. TJ says:

    I would love to enter! I’m currently enamored of Katniss from Catching Fire. :)

  35. Debbie says:

    I would have to pick Rose from the Vampire Academy series. It’s my favorite series right now. dasuzuki at yahoo dot com

  36. Debbie says:

    I also tweeted (debworldofbooks) with the #firetour hash tag. Sorry I don’t know how to link to a specific tweet.

  37. Hi Thea! Just wanted to thank you for hosting me and for running the giveaway. And today I’d have to say my favorite heroine is Anne of Green Gables :o). Hi to everyone writing in!

  38. JenP says:

    I’d have to say Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables.

  39. Celia says:

    Loved Graceling and Fire looks AMAZING! I’m already on the hold list for it at my library.

    My favorite YA heroine…hmm…I love Anne from Anne of Green Gables and Hermione from HP. I guess I prefer the bookish girls. :-)

  40. Jacqueline L. says:

    My favourite YA novel heroine is Kim from Patricia C. Wrede’s Mairelon The Magician and The Magician’s Ward.

  41. Stacie says:

    I would have to say Hermoine from the Harry Potter series.

  42. Jenny N says:

    I recently read the first two books of the Vampire Academy series and am really liking Rose

  43. Jessica says:

    My favorite heroine is Katniss from Hunger Games.

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  44. Beverly Hernandez says:

    My favorite Heroine would have to be Katniss Everdeen from THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. She is smart, tough, and can survive in a world where the government wants her dead.

    -Beverly Hernandez

  45. Carol M says:

    Katniss from Hunger Games and Catching Fire
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  46. frannie says:

    y favorite heroine from YA is katsa from Graceling….!!!!

    kisses and thanks for this contest.

    franglineguido at hotmail dot com

  47. Cassie H. says:

    Thanks for this contest!
    Please enter me=)
    My favorite YA heroine is probably Katsa from Graceling and I think I am very much going to like Fire.


  48. Cassie H. says:

    Here is where I posted the ebook.


  49. Cassie H. says:

    Here is where I posted the widget


  50. Maya M. says:

    love the archery theme.

    fave YA character? easily; Alice MacLeod, written by Susan Juby

  51. MaryK says:

    My favorite YA heroine is probably Beauty from McKinley’s Beauty. But I’m trying to expand my reading horizons (I’m not widely read in YA) so that could change.

  52. Sab H. says:

    Favorite heroine: I have two!! Katsa & Katniss!! The best! (Graceling & Hunger Games)

    Thanks for the contest!

  53. L says:

    Like many others here, Katniss Everdeen! :D

  54. Allie says:

    Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series. :mrgreen:

  55. Donna S says:

    My favorites is Chloe Saunders in The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  56. Donna S says:

    Posted the widget on the sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  57. Niveau says:

    My favourite YA heroine is Maerad from Alison Croggon’s fantasy series. I don’t know why I like her so much, but I do.

  58. AndreaS says:

    Books! I loved Graceling, so the fact that you loved this book makes me very happy.

    I think my favorite YA character is Ella from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Possibly tied with Kel from Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small quartet.

  59. Lori Katz says:

    My favorite young adult heroine is Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins.

  60. Lori Katz says:

    See my tweet



  61. Tina says:

    I’m very much looking forward to reading Fire.

    One of my favourite heroines is Beka Cooper in Tamora Pierce’s Terrier and Bloodhound. I just adore her writing and her characters.



  62. Beck says:

    My favorite YA heroine at the moment is Katniss from The Hunger Games.


  63. Collette says:

    I feel like I should just say ditto–but my favorite is Katniss from the Hunger Games. Today anyway!

  64. Kristen N. says:

    I really love Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s series – the first of which is simply titled Alanna. She’s a very strong but still feminine character. A lot of spunk and a lot of love in her.


  65. Kristen N. says:

    Embedded the widget onto my blog:


    It’s on one of the sidebars.


  66. Lea says:

    Fave hero? Definitely Suze Simon from the Mediator Series (by Meg Cabot). Suze kicks butt.


  67. Lea says:

    embedded the widget on my blog(on sidebar)


  68. CherylS22 says:

    Mine would be Hermione from the Harry Potter series.

  69. cheryl h says:

    My favorite is Ella from Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted

  70. willaful says:

    I’m going to answer as my YA self and choose Menolly from Anne McCaffrey’s “Harper Hall” trilogy.

  71. Robyn B says:

    My favorite YA Heroine has to be Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables.