So here’s the deal: I recently finished Graceling and I absolutely loved it. In fact, I loved it so much that I thought writing a review would be a waste of time because, quite honestly, there’s not a single bad thing I could say about it. So instead, I’m just going to freak out and rant in true fangirl fashion. The first half of this post will be reserved for spoiler free book-pushing, because I truly want everyone I know to read this book and love it as much as I did. The second half will be reserved for a spoiler filled feels explosion, because this book is chock-full of the feels. Just know that if I were giving Graceling a rating, it would be 5 out of 5 stars for sure. This post is going to be VERY long, so bear with me. And, if you have the patience to read the whole thing, you deserve a prize, my friends.
First things first. Katsa is one of the best female characters I have ever read about. She’s strong and fierce like Celeana from Throne of Glass, but she doesn’t relish the pain that she inflicts upon others. Her Grace gives her the ability to be a very skilled fighter, but she never wants to abuse the power that she has. While the king does use her for his own purposes, she’s always hated him and wanted to break away from him but she’s just never known how. Also, she always avoids violence, especially killing, when she believes it to be unnecessary.
Katsa has never feared anyone or anything but herself. She fears that one day her own anger will cause her to do something that she’ll regret, especially when she gets close to being pushed off the edge by her king (who is also her uncle).
Katsa also has an internal conflict in which she views herself to be a monster, but she doesn’t actually want to be one. She doesn’t know if it’s because of her very nature or because of the choices she’s made. When she finally decides that she won’t be anyone’s weapon anymore, she begins to wonder if maybe circumstance had actually made her into the monster that she believed herself to be.
And now, I will move on to Prince Greening Grandemalion, Prince of the Kingdom of Leinid. Better known as Po.
“His eyes. Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, uneven, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn’t shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn’t seem human. She couldn’t stop looking at them.”
Po is kind and gentle. He balances Katsa out perfectly because he understands her, and he knows when she needs to be given her space. He never tries to force her into doing anything she doesn’t want to do, and he knows just what to say to calm her down when she’s on the verge of doing something cray-cray.
And now, for the spoilery fangirling!
Heck to the yeah. Katsa, how in the flim flam did you not realize how beautiful Po is? For crying out loud, his eyes are GOLD AND SILVER. Everything about Po is beautiful, physically and mentally and personality wise. He’s an amazing person and I’m just sitting here wondering how on earth you could miss something like that. But on the other hand, I can understand Katsa not realizing it because she’s always been detached from people and she’s never really thought of guys in THAT way before.
Ouch, the feels. But in all honesty, that period of time when Katsa realized her feelings for Po but was too scared to act on them was so beautiful. To me, it made the relationship that much more genuine and special. Also, it was understandable why she would feel that way because all her life she was sure that she’d never want to be tied down by anyone and, to her, a relationship would be the thing that would tie her down and take away her freedom.
Even so, I still feel like these gifs encompass my emotions when I THOUGHT Katsa was going to jump into Po’s arms and tell him how she feels, and she chooses to run into the forest and cry instead.
And also, when Katsa killed King Leck I just
And when Po and Katsa meet up again, but Po is acting weird and Katsa realizes it’s because the accident left him blind.
And also, did anyone else think that Bitterblue is the most bad-a** 10 year old in the history of ever?
Well, that’s it. Thanks for reading this massive post and let me know what you thought of Graceling, or if you feel more inclined to read it now. 🙂