This one is set before Graceling and over the mountains. Leck appears on his way to more villainy, but the story is about a place that has monsters instead of gracelings and Fire is a human one - bait for monster and human predators with telepathic and mind control powers. My eyes rolled a bit at her "monster beauty" that drives others to bad behavior, but the story was original and exciting enough to overcome it. She is part of the royal coterie in a time of war and loss for the Dells, and becomes a hero. The reader for the audiobook is fine if not amazing.