Adrienne Young's Reviews > Graceling
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Okay I just read this again after a couple of years and forgot how much I liked it. I think that Kristin cashore does a great job with her characters and making sure their story is rounded out. This is more true of Fire, where every single character was built with care but Graceling is still more developed than most in this genre. I appreciated Katsa and Po and their chemistry but while the book concludes with a sense that she is fully free from the Randa and the control he had over her, it really wasn't believable. To me, allowing herself to be controlled by her wounding and fear was defeat. True freedom would allow her to give herself to Po. I can't help but be at least slightly annoyed that both of her female leads (in Fire and Graceling) feel the need to assert their independence by not marrying and not bearing children. It's just a little too obvious that Cashore has an agenda in the issue and I'm curious to see how Bitterblue's character measures up in the third installment. I will be more than annoyed if she just so happens to feel the same way. I have to embarrass myself a little and admit that i kind of like it. It's nice to see a woman in love depicted differently. I will probably never fully separate from the feminist chamber in my heart. But let's not beat a dead horse. Points sink much deeper when they aren't clanging like a cymbal in someone's head. Looking forward to reading it, either way.
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