The Graceling seriesIpicked up onawhim; the cover art caught my attention in the bookstore. Iwas instantly hooked. It’s dark, captivating, and there’sahealthy dose of romance in there, too. The second book, Fire, isacompanion book (more ofaprequel) that sets up the past of the villain in the series, King Leck. After reading both of these,Iwas checking Kristin Cashore’s blog obsessively, waiting for her to announce the release date of Bitterblue, which was suchasatisfying read. You learn even more twisted, sick details about Leck and his reign as king through the perspective of his daughter, Bitterblue. Stunning novels thatIcould not put down!