I liked this a lot better than Graceling. As many others have said, I felt that the romance in this one was better planned and written and I appreciated that. I do feel that Leck was somewhat unnecessary but then I realized that maybe Leck may not really be dead but may somehow figure in the next story and his presence in this book will make more sense now. I do feel however that making him out to be as important to the story was not a very good idea because I kept thinking he was pivotal to the story and while, in some ways, he was but not really. I liked it though. Imperfect and all.