- I do not remember Katsa being so prickly and naive the first time I read this. I mean, obviously I still love her to the ends of the earth but I thought it was a given...not so. My adoration was earned. Which is 300x better.
- I adore how Cashore creates a feminist heroine that isn’t abrasive or ridiculous in her feminism. She has beliefs and feelings about her independence and her lifestyle choices and isn’t angry when people don’t understand them (okay fine, for the most part. Looking at you, Giddon).
- I did not remember that a good chunk of the action takes place with Katsa and Bitterblue without Po. I wonder if this was Cashore’s way of reminding the reader that Katsa is a strong and independent woman who can love someone but still live her life and do what needs to be done. She is not dependent on Po, although she clearly loves him and wants him in her life. Yes, she had a HARD time leaving him when he was injured, but she did it. I feel like most characters in YA in her position would be lost/distraught/focused on him soley in his absence. Not so with Katsa!
- How did I forget how central Bitterblue was to everything? How am I not having nightmares about Leck and his awfulness?
- Basically, this reread with Liz, Amy, Hannah and Asheley only further reminded me that I LOVE THIS BOOK and you should too. The end.
I read this as part of #CashoreGoodtimes. It's totally not too late to join in on the fun! We're starting Fire TODAY (January 28th). WOOOOOOO!
If you HAVE read Graceling, what did you think? What did you love? Or were there things you found frustrating? Do share!