First let me say that overall, I did enjoy this book. The plotting and characterization were excellent, two important elements of a good story. I loved Katsa, the main character, and her romantic interest, Po. And I loved Cashore’s idea of Graces, or gifts, like Po’s abilty to feel/know what others feel about him – which is how he knows Katsa likes him, much to her dismay.
My problem lies with the execution of the book, which, I’m sorry to say, could’ve been better. I got the feeling it hadn’t been edited, or not edited enough. There was telling where there didn’t need to be, awkward sentences, odd sentences, and lastly, Katsa’s strange abhorrence of marriage and children. This might have made sense if there were a reason for it but Cashore never explores the why behind Katsa’s feelings. I think I would’ve liked it if she had.
I do think another revision could’ve made this book so much better, tighter, cleaner. But in spite of this the characters always pulled me forward with them as they fought for what they believed in – and I do mean fight. Because both Katsa and Po are true fighters and Cashore writes these scenes like she was there. It will be interesting to watch her progression as a writer, I think.
As for that other book…well…I’m not sure I’m interested enough to finish it. Which means I now need something to read. Any suggestions?