Courtney M Sikora
I love a good YA High Fantasy novel. In fact, I’m working on one as a side project. I don’t think there are enough YA High Fantasy books out there.
I’ve read Graceling (not Fire yet), but I like Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series better (The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, and The Gray Wolf Throne.)
That said, I think creating a new world is a challenge. Our world is easy to write about (well…easier) but to create new places, new races, new rules. I respect anyone who can do that and make it seamless.