The book i have read is called Fire by the American fantasy writer Kristin Cashore and it is a part of a trilogy.
Lady fire seems to think that her existence is unnecessary as for example when she says "What am I for?" and "What was the purpose of a woman monster?". And that reflects in today's society as well because a lot of people, and not just young adults but also adults, doubts themselves and their appearance because of the hard pressure from the media and the society.
When you read the book you also realize her real fear, which is herself. She seem to always been more afraid of herself then anything else in the world because she is constantly worried that she will cross the line she has made while using her mental ability. And even when someone is threatening her, she is more afraid of what she might do to them, then what they might do to her.
The book also have lots of beautiful and marvelous quotes. Some examples that i've grown quite fond of are:
- "Are you determined to leave me in this world to live without my heart?"
- "The moment I began to love you was the moment when you saw your fiddle smashed on the ground, and you turned away from me and cried against your horse. Your sadness is one of the things that makes you beautiful to me. Don't you see that? I understand it. It makes my own sadness less frightening."
- "A consciousness was like a face you saw once and forever recognized."
- "It was a hurting tune, resigned, a cry of heartache for all in the world that fell apart. As ash rose black against the brilliant sky, Fire's fiddle cried out for the dead, and for the living who stay behind to say goodbye."
- “It's hard to wake from a nightmare when the nightmare is real."
- "The world doesn't care who wins. It'll go on spinning no matter how many people are slaughtered tomorrow. No matter if you and I are slaughtered. I almost wish it wouldn't if we aren't allowed to go on spinning with it."
- "You cannot measure love by a scale of degrees."
- "She didn't want to go far, just out of the trees so she could see the stars. They always eased her loneliness. She thought of them as beautiful creatures, burning and cold; each solitary, and bleak, and silent like her.",
- "A life that was an apology for the life of his father: It was a notion she could understand, beyond words and thought. She understood it the way she understood music."
- "You can't help whom you love, Lady. Nor can you know what it's liable to cause you to do."
- "Would you marry me, Fire, if I slept in no one's bed but yours?" He knew the answer to that, but it didn't hurt to remind him. "No, and I should find my bed quite cramped."
- “Then I'm sorry I don't remember more. If we knew a person was going to die, we'd hold harder to the memories."
- “How unjust then to meet that person you love, and be kept away from them only because ones bed is made of hay , and the other, feathers."
And finally, while reading this book i found myself literally holding my breath due to the fiery, emotive and complicated relations, all the schemes and the realistic world that Kristin Cashore has built. And the author also provides us with a strong, independent female character. Fire is a woman that wants children but will not have them and she resists and refuses marriage, and yet still finds acceptance, happiness, and even love. Kristin made the main character so unique with her vivid hair and all her definite opinions about her life.
Therefore fire and the the two other books in the trilogy are some of the best books i have ever read and i strongly recommend others to read them too.