Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cover Love ~ Fire

US cover~ UK cover~
YA author Kristin Cashore has been doubly blessed by the cover gods with her upcoming release of Fire. Usually when I see a comparison of US and UK book covers I have a definite preference. And it's not always the US version. For these two, it's a close call but given the choice I would take the UK version. I like them both but the colors and the pose of the heroine on the UK cover grab my attention and pull me in more. What do you think?

Fire synopsis from author's blog:

Fire, Graceling's 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.

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.

Wondering what makes it a companion book/prequel? Fire takes place 30-some years before Graceling and has one cross-over character with Graceling, a small boy with strange two-colored eyes who comes from no-one-knows-where, and who has a peculiar ability that Graceling readers will find familiar and disturbing...

Kristin Cashore's follow up novel Fire, is due for release 5 October. Perfect birthday gift for my daughter Abby who really enjoyed Cashore's Graceling novel. If you're interesting in seeing Graceling's covers head on over to Kristin Cashore's blog where she talks about moving and what she's currently working on.


  1. Leslie, did you read Graceling? I heard it was good and I was tempted, but didn't try it yet...

    They are both very pretty cover. Lucky her :)

  2. Not yet but I do hope to. I like the premise of both books and Abby did like Graceling. She can be very picky. :)