Oct 05, 09
Recommended to Becky by:
Read in October, 2009
I have to say that I loved this book. Once I started reading, I could barely put it down. The characters were fun and real, or as real as they could be in a world where extraordinary and almost supernatural talents are, maybe a little less than common, but not unusual. This is definitely fantasy, and the characters were fantastic, but still realistic.
Katsa was such a wonderful character. Graced with the ability to fight and kill with ease, she is used as a weapon and Royal Leg-Breaker by the King whenever he felt that someone just wasn't fawning over him with the right level of doe-eyedness. But there is more to her than that. Despite being trained and practically raised to violence, she has a sense of justice and right and wrong that is commendable.
And then there's Po... Hmm. I loved Po's character. He's mysterious, charming, interesting and fun, badass and sweet, humble but cocky, brilliant... I'll stop now before this review starts to sound like a cheesy 80's rock ballad or something. But really. I loved him. And he has kick-ass eyes. :)
I will say that I wish that the antagonist's evil was more concrete, but that's a very little nitpick. There was so much I loved about this book that it easily outweighs just this one little thing.
I loved that Katsa grew into herself, not only in her skill and Grace, but as a person and woman. She is self-assured, independent and strong, which is an excellent role-model for young girls.
I loved that Po was able and more than willing to let Katsa be herself without trying to own or control her, and without asking her to compromise herself for him.
I loved the subtle feminist message in the book, and how Katsa isn't unprepared in matters of birth control. Good thing Randa thought to teach Sex-Ed in his kingdom, eh? ;)
I also loved the little homage to Jane Eyre at the end. Perhaps it wasn't meant that way, but it certainly reminded me of it.
I really could go on and on about what I loved about this book, but I won't. You should just read it yourself. :D