Did you know that Patricia Wrede wrote a book about writing?
It just came out in December.
For characters, it’s hard to beat Amberglas from THE SEVEN TOWERS, but my favorite book by Wrede is probably . . . oh . . . it’s actually hard to pick.
Honestly, it’s hard to choose. One of those. You should probably read all four, if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Wrede before. The Dragon ones can be read out of order just fine, btw. I read this one first, so I thought of it first, but the whole series is a lot of fun. This is the fourth, but it works well to read before the others.