I read this book because it was recommended by a cousin of mine who is a high school English teacher. (She likes to read what the kids are reading so that she can relate to them.) First off I want to say that Young Adult is my favorite genre. I feel the books are more understandable and not as complex as many adult novels. They are also better written than half the adult novels I’ve read.
Kristin Cashore is a brilliant author who has a way with words. I love her style and her characters. (Although the oblivious female lead who takes forever to sort out her feelings is becoming cliché.) Katsa has a grace which she originally believe to be a killing ability, and she falls in love with Prince Po (it takes her quite a while to sort these feelings out, at least it only took about a quarter of the book for this to happen). The way the characters’ lives intertwine is exciting and adventurous. Katsa is the next Katniss for me! She is such a dominant, strong character with a few faults, but who kicks ass. Cashore reminds me a bit of Paolini and his world of Alagaësia, in the way she created a whole new world that begs to be explored. I can’t wait to get my hands on copies of the other books within this world. Unfortunately for me there is not a sequel, just a new set of characters in the same world. At least that is what I’ve heard.