The second part of a trilogy, this volume centers around Fire, a "monster", whose characteristic is to bewitch those around her through her beauty. It takes place in a land to the east of the action in "Graceling" and Leck is the only common character to both books. Fire's life is changed when her power is seconded to the kingdom with dramatic consequences for all, especially those who love her or who she loves. She encounters many interesting characters, all of which are well-developed. A good yarn, this follows up nicely from the previous book and is well-told, engaging and original. It stnads alone but might be best read as part of the trilogy: I'm ready for the third part!