Repeated references to Fire's menstrual cycles - she is a particular target for monster raptors during that time - had me feeling a bit uneasy about this reinforcement of a popular urban legend regarding dangerous animals being attracted to menstruating women on wilderness trips. On the other hand, I appreciated Cashore bringing the topic into the open. It made a stark contrast to the total absence of any monthly bleeding in Twilight, where it would have made sense to mention it, given the extreme reaction Edward and his family had when Bella cut her finger.
Fire is an intriguing character and Fire is an engrossing, romantic and suspenseful story. It is also a Cybil winner. Grade 9 and up.