This book is amazingly well written, especially when you consider that its a first novel. All too often first novels can be flawed and its obivious that the author is still learning. Well, if this is an an author that’s still learning, then I can’t wait to see what Cashore comes up with next. I was sucked into this novel from page 1 and lost all track of time while reading it. I blitzed through this story in a manner of days I just couldn’t put it down. It was filled with adventure and romance and mystery. It was a strong story and didn’t have to rely on cheap tricks like the overuse of sex or profanity to distract the reader or fill in pages. It also presents strong female and male characters that teens can really relate to. The dialogue is sharp and witty and the world that Cashore creates is very realistic. I loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the next book by Cashore called Fire, a prequel (of sorts) to Graceling. According to Cashore’s blog it is set roughly 30 years before in the same world as Graceling and tells the story of one very intersting character that we met here. Fire is currently scheduled for release in October of this year and I will be counting down the days.
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