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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Feb 26, 2011

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bookshelves: fantasy, chicklit, romance, young-adult
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This is a fantasy book, and I'm classifying it as a romance as well. Thought it includes political struggles and hand-to-hand combat, the focus of the book is a relationship between a woman and a man.

Cashore's pacing is very good. This book pulls a person through to the end, and the end is not quite a glittery fairy-tale wrap-up. It's a bit bittersweet, a more satisfying conclusion. The central character is extremely well thought-out. I think the author must have spent some time really determining how a particular unique ability and set of circumstances might affect one's development. The heroine is highly skilled in one area but equally flawed in another, and that made her more of a real person for me. The characterization is a stand-out strength in this novel.

This is one of the better teen fantasy novels I've read. I'd recommend this to anyone who finds Bella and the Austen heroine's annoying in their passivity. Katsa is not passive in any way.

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