Graceling - Kristin Cashore


I didn't think this book was going to be this good so I held off on reading it, allowing it to collect dust and promising that I'd get to it eventually.

What an idiot. I should've read it sooner! I don't typically read YA because ... well, that's a whole different thing but suffice it to say, I don't really read that genre. This book, while written in the YA style that I've become used to, has a quiet elegance to it that drew me in from the first sentence.

It also helps that the main character is not a child and the romance, while treated with censure and simplicity, is still adult enough for me to appreciate.

There are parts of this book that felt a bit rushed and unexplored and the fact that Katsa had such a large "commitment issue/control issues" bugged me (as a lapsed feminist I should be ashamed at myself) but it was explained well enough that I didn't hold it against her. I did however wonder what would happen if she didn't give such a power over the idea of 'marriage'. I can understand not wanting children but she and Po are pretty much married.

The book had the elements of awesome action, quite self-reflection and just enough angst to make the love story realistic without making it pathetic.

While Katsa has problems with control, you see her slowly start to control her own life and begin to connect with others. The first time she cries, the first time she disobeys or when she sets herself free, these are all moments that stir the reader's emotions.

If I had read this book when I was younger....well I don't know, I would be even more in love with Fantasy!