Quick follow-up to myearlier mention of Cashore’s novel, Graceling, which is an awesome debut. Characterisation is great, Katsa is a fantastic protagonist, Po is a wonderful leading man, and most of the characters are well-drawn. The setting is well thought out and the descriptions work very nicely. There is some repetition in the text that could have been edited out and towards the end the pace kind of peters out and there’s a lot of wandering about in the snow and concertinaing of action, but the ending is generally satisfactory and it’s great that the main charactcer doesn’t compromise her principles for the sake of love.
Graceling is from the Gollancz stable and I was concerned that it might suffer some of the edit-fails of other recent releases (which I’ve reviewed elsewhere), but the standard is quite high. Huzzah!
Cashore’s got a great grasp of language and plotting on the whole, and I’m looking forward to reading the next one, Fire, over the Christmas break.