Magical March Challenge book review– Graceling by Kristen Cashore

Graceling

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!

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Magical March Challenge book review — A Gift of Magic by Lynn Kurland

Magical March Challenge

Magical March!

I read this book at the beginning of the month, but my schedule has been so eratic this month, I just now am getting around to posting about it.  Sorry!

Gift of Magic by Lynn Kurland is the third book in the second trilogy in the Nine Kingdoms series.  Yes, that’s a lot of math and yes, that will be the last math I’ll subject you to.

Gift of Magic

Gift of Magic is a sweet romance, and the characters are definitely enjoyable. I think the plot was not quite as strong as the first trilogy, there didn’t seem to be quite as much conflict.  But hey, it didn’t promise to be Game of Thrones, did it now? ;o)

Honestly though, I did enjoy the book.  It was a great light read.  Kurland has created a detailed fantasy world, with complex backstory and several systems of magic.  Her story bible for the Nine Kingdoms must weigh a ton!  Hardcore fantasy fans will likely be disappointed because she doesn’t go into as much depgh with the magic as a true fantasy, but romance fans will enjoy emensely. I recommend it for a great, light romantic read, but you should definietly check out the first series too!

Have a great day, everyone!