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The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)
Robert Jordan
Fire  - Kristin Cashore, Xanthe Elbrick 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.