When I discovered this was a debut novel, I was so impressed. There is so much detail that goes into the landscape, characters, and world of this novel that I was sure Kristin Cashore was an experienced writer. I feel like this is the kind of story that is with the author for a long time before she even begins writing, and I look forward to seeing more from the world she's drawn out.
First off, the characters were all so easy to fall in love with. I actually laughed out loud at the humor between the heroes of this story, and I loved all exchanges.
On a more negative note - but not really - I really wanted to see more Graces and I think the Graces had a lot of potential that was not used. Although the story was never boring, I think it could have been a lot more interesting, but I think we'll see more of that in Bitterblue, anyway.