KRISTIN CASHORE grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
[Cashore] will slake the thirst of TWILIGHT fans - PUBLISHERS WEEKLYCashore's prose is smooth and unobtrusive. But for all its lightness of tone, GRACELING is not a simple novel. Indeed it deals with some very difficult subject matter. Its inevitable love story is sweetly unconventional and unabashedly feminist. Katsa herself is a rich character. The growth of her trust and self-esteem is the understated heart of the novel. This is always Katsa's story and enjoyable fast-paced it is too. An immensely fun, good-hearted read - SFXCashore creates believable characters with enough depth, subtlety and experience to satisfy older readers...An impressive first novel - BOOKLISTThere are some books that stick with you for years, and Kristen Cashore's Fire is one of them. Thoughtful, steamy and completely original, Fire is YA fantasy at its absolute best - Sabaa Tahir, author of New York Times bestselling Ember in the AshesReaders can enjoy this novel without having read Graceling. And enjoy it they will, with its vivid characters, convincing fantasy elements, gripping adventure scenes, and memorable love story - Booklist, starred review