Similar to many first of the series novels, the beginning was a bit slow. However, this did not bother me since Francis took this time to intimately explore Max's world. By doing this, she ensures that the reader fully understands Max's situation and personality. Once this is established, Francis holds nothing back in this amazing novel. Her characters are very vibrant and fit into their roles perfectly. Max is outstanding heroine who kicks butt! In addition, Francis has created some of the most fully developed villains I have ever met. The reader cannot help but to "hate" them for their evilness, while at the same time admire them for their depth. These characters are not just one dimensional characters that Francis introduces us to you. You hate them, you love them, there is just so much emotion there. Bitter Night is the exciting start to an amazing series, and I cannot wait for more!