It took me 6 weeks to read Graceling, accounting to some unpleasant things going on in my life at the time of the reading. It took me 4 days to read Fire. I guess that should say something. I loved this book. It has all the strength of writing and characterization found in Graceling, and the story is just as compelling... but there's something to it that I can't quite put my finger on that makes it almost better than Graceling. Yeah, I said it. What?Fire is an amazing character...tragic and flawed and very aware of her flaws and tragedy. The plotline with her father is so interesting I wanted more of it, but I was very satisfied with the other developments in this book. I don't think readers of Cashore will be disappointed... unless they wanted more of Katsa and Po's stories from the first book. Sorry readers, the only character who you get from Graceling is Leck, unfortunately.