Kristin Cashore is a very talented writer. Her characters are so well written that they jump to life. Her characters are well rounded and multi-dimensional. Leck is the scariest villain I have ever read, and Fire and Bitterblue are both likeable heroines who are strong, independent, morally grounded, kind, loving, and leaders. Fire kills her father because she knew he was morally corrupt and dangerous, but that did not mean she did not love him or had regret about killing him. Bitterblue is funny and i like the fact that she was not a warrior but a politician. Fire and Bitterblue are two of my favorite novels. I liked Graceling but did not love itlike Fire and Bitterblue.