I enjoyed Fire
immensely. It was well-paced and the characters were more developed than those in Graceling
. Fire reminds me of a more mature Katsa, and although her extreme beauty can cause credulity (or, rather, incredulity) issues, she makes a satisfying protagonist. Plot-wise, the story doesn't have many slow patches at all; there were a ton of great twists towards the end. I think this second novel truly showcases Cashore's skills as a writer. I look forward to her next work :] !