Loved this book. Love, love, loved this book.
The characters were complex, rich and sympathetic, with unique gifts called “graces” that can be both helpful and harmful. Not magic in a sense, but a unique ability that can seem almost magical. The world is detailed enough to give you a strong sense of place, but not so much that you feel like you are in a geography lesson.
The main character, Katsa, is strong and tough and her relationship with Prince Po will wrench your heart a good bit.
The w riting style manages to be both lush and spare at the same time. I had the second book in this series already and the only thing that kept me from diving right in was the fact that it wasn’t on my challenge list. ;(
I will likely reread Graceling in the near future and recommend it highly to all lovers of YA fantasy. THIS is the kind of book I want to write.
Have a great day everyone!