I’ve had this book on my shelf for probably a couple of years now, but could never get myself to pick it up and actually read it. Really for no good reason either. Graceling is one of those books you hear about a lot and wonder, “Can it really live up to the hype?” I’ve been super let down by some of the books I’ve read lately. (I’m looking at YOU Throne of Glass.)
Katsa really was a character ahead of her time. She’s tough, independent, and don’t need no man. She is seriously so blunt and it’s great. Just flat out like, I’ll punch a guy if he looks at me with ill will. Po was great as well. He’s a main character/love interest without being either A. a billionaire B. broody or C. borderline abusive. Their love wasn’t of the instant variety and wasn’t so sugary it made me want to puke.
Okay, so the nickname Po had for Katsa made me throw up a little, but that’s personal preference. Do NOT give me pet names.
I really love Cashore’s writing as well. There’s just enough detail to give you the scope of things and keep your attention without droning on for 20 pages about how blue the sky is or how deep and starry somebody’s eyes are. It’s a deeply known trope in YA literature that you get your special Mary Sue who is THE ONE and will have the power to save everyone no matter how annoying or contrary she is. But Katsa doesn’t really play off that way. She’s kick ass but not the next messiah.
The style of writing is just old enough to put you in the right mindset of the seven kingdoms without being overdone. Their manner of speech was just right.
Truly a great book and I’m actually sad it’s over. She could have drug that ending out for like another 100 pages and you wouldn’t see me complaining. Also, the way Po and Katsa’s story ended? Perfection.
5 out of 5 cats.