25—Fire by Kristin Cashore

This novel takes place in time before Cashore's Graceling. Fire's mother was a human who died in childbirth. Her father was a monster whose power was controlling minds. That is also Cashore's power. Her father was the king's closest advisor and together they ruled cruelly and with an iron fist. Now the king is dead and his eldest son is king who is trying to undo the damage caused by his father. But the kingdom is under siege by two of the kingdom's peoples. Fire is called to the ruling city of the kingdom to help stave off the war.

© Surveyor of the Passing Scene