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Katsa fit this in many ways, true, but I have so many issues with the feminist ideals in this novel that I don't know where to begin. I am constantly faced with the irritating irony of radical feminists. The irony being that their favourite passtime is telling women what to do. Real feminism as in the one that actually cares about women is about choice, not about having to follow strict guidelines in order to banish the image of feminity.
It's people like Kristin Cashore who make the term 'feminism' seem like a dirty word. Being strong and capable of making your own decisions is one thing I wear dresses, I wear make-up, I like to make the effort to look nice For me, the main mistake that Cashore makes is to assume that anything 'girly' is bad. It's an ongoing debate about women and feminism. For example, take the stereotype that women are more emotional and are therefore more weak than men.
The argument is: Is this wrong and women are not more emotional? Or does what's wrong lie in the idea that emotions are a weakness because they are a feminine trait? Radical feminism continues to try and spit on traditional aspects of what it means to be feminine. Of course, it is arguable that the idea of 'feminine' is created through socialisation e.
Margaret Atwood understood the dangers of radicalism and wrote the novel to go with it. In the same way that extreme socialism becomes the mirror of totalitarianism, radical feminism begins to mirror sexism. And that's why I had issues with a great deal of Graceling. Po was a sweetheart and an all-round likeable character. And, don't get me wrong, I never really disliked Katsa because the fact that she refuses to wear a dress and doesn't want children is entirely her choice and that's what's important.
I liked her strength and at many times I felt her frustration I completely agree with the idea that the girls should have been taught self-defence and self-sufficiency. The whole backdrop of magical kingdoms and whatnot was alright.
It fit nicely around the main characters but I found the love story to hold most of my attention and that's why I've decided that I don't want to read Fire. The reviews of it tell me that romance comes far behind the whole fantasy aspect and I still have Tolkien nightmares.
Yeah so, not a bad story but so many things disagreed with what I stand for. View all 43 comments. Feb 13, Rhea rated it it was ok Shelves: What I think about when I hear the name I'm a T-Rex! King Randa: King Ranting Panda! Great, at least its not Yellowing Grandemalion or Purpling Grandemalion or something stupid like that. That would sound really weird, unlike Greening Grandemalion, which is a name someone would normally give to their child.
If you have any more suggestions about what the names from Graceling sound like, feel free to put it in the comments! Next up is the review, which is very thorough about the issues of Graceling's worldbuilding. This is going to take a while, but stay with me. Actual Rating: I think enough has been said about that, so for detailed reviews about that issue, I recommend Amanda's review and Tatiana's review. However, this isn't Graceling's only flaw.
The other big problem is the black-and-white world-building. World of Graceling Graceling is set in a european-ish medieval land with horses, taverns, kings, castles, and anything else you would except to find in such a place.
The land is divided into seven kingdoms: Lienid the island kingdom , Monsea a kingdom closed off by the mountains , Middluns the middle kingdom , and Nander, Estill, Sunder, Wester, which surround Middluns on the North, East, South, and West side, respectively.
See what Cashore did there? Another aspect is the Graced; some people are born with special abilities called "Graces" such as mind-reading, excellent swimming skills, killing, etc. There is great prejudice against the Graced except in Lienid and one can tell if another person is Graced if the person's eyes are mismatched colors.
Random comment: One of my friends has eyes like this. It's a condition called heterochromia iridum. But sadly, my friend has no superpowers. I think we can all agree that European medieval worlds are definitely overdone; nearly every epic fantasy or high fantasy is set in one! However, authors can still make them fresh if they add complexity to them with new aspects or intriguing history. There is a well-developed and unique culture in the world, stemming from the struggles between Clan and Wizards, and the history is complex and believable.
Another example is The Well Between the Worlds. It is a retelling of the King Arthur tale, set in a medieval world, but adds the elements of the Wells, the sinking of Lyonnesse, and industrialization to make a breathtakingly fresh and original world. So, what's the matter with Graceling's world? The idea of the Graced 2. But there's got to be more! Tell me, is there A religion? Like references to why the kingdoms are how they are, etc?
Unique cultural aspects? Anything that separates the world of Graceling from other fantasies? I'm sorry, but there is, other than the Graced, nothing original here. Okay, okay, we get it! Nothing new here! But sometimes, generic fantasy worlds are complex. There are complex issues, complex characters, and complex motivations which make up for the lack of originality. In fact, a world lacking new ideas sometimes portrays old ideas in a new light!
What about Graceling?
Is there any complexity? Lack of complexity in Graceling Part One: Because he is! What does he do? Torture animals! He even view spoiler [killed his own wife! Poor Katsa! Does he feel the slightest guilt or remorse? Does he have a good reason for this?
Yes, so he can be even more powerful! Except for King Ror, who is good. They are always squabbling over borders and killing poor peasants and stuff. How horrible of them! And one of them even view spoiler [held a poor old guy prisoner, just so he could be rich! They just don't understand what it's like! Now that I think about it, all of Katsa's friends are either Graced or have a family member who is Graced or are Lienid. The only exception is Oll. He is so condescending!
And he doesn't understand Katsa! And he's so stupid, he thinks he can protect her! Even when she can kick his ass! This portrayal bugs me, because it feels like a gimmick to show how good Katsa is, and how she deserves a good man in her life, and blah blah blah. But wait, she is really good! Don't believe me? She created an organization called The Council, which does nice stuff! She is so angelic! Admittedly, Cashore did give her a few personality flaws, but not enough.
I mean, when you can kill and entire army without even a sword, wouldn't you be extremely selfish and extremely spoiled? I admit, I would be. He still loves Katsa even if view spoiler [she won't marry him.
They are so nice to the Graced! They respect them 'n stuff. They are brave, noble, etc. No one is ever a mixture of good and evil.
Part Two: The World Itself The world of Graceling lacks nuance. When you look at the history of Europe, there are ancient alliances, complex relations, etc. Not to mention, the citizens of each country see themselves in one way and see people from other countries in other way. There are stereotypes, symbols, legends, and histories that may or may not be real. And not just in Europe, everywhere. I was expecting well-developed relations between the kingdoms and between normal people and Graced people.
I mean, Katsa and Po have to travel across many countries and I wanted to see them struggle against prejudices and stereotypes. However, they had had it extremely easy. Here is the extent to which all the relationships were developed: For no apparent reason All you see is a strong dislike, no complex feelings.
For example, being in awe of their powers, yet feeling jealous - Kingdoms fight over borders. That is pretty much it. Their only dislike comes from border squabbles.
Anyways, reading Graceling was an underwhelming experience. I mean, the first time I read it, I was in middle school, and even then I was disappointed! Many people loved this book. You might too, if you: Love a good kick-ass heroine 2. Are looking for a fun adventure 3. Want lots of action in your fantasy 4. Love reading about kind, noble men in love with misfit girls But you might not if you: Are looking for a deep exploration of feminist ideas 2. Require complex, original world-building 3. Need complex characters 4.
Want a complex plot Final Comment: Graceling isn't a bad book. For me it was 2. Also, other than the overwrought feminism, Graceling doesn't have any big flaws that might insult the reader and completely ruin the reading experience.
Speaking of that, there were some great ideas concerning what it means to be a monster. All of this made Graceling an OK book. However, Graceling feels like an edited draft - there are good ideas, good editing, but nothing is really fleshed out. Let's hope in future books, Cashore spends more time on her story. Book 1 The Demon King is mostly a set-up book, with fantastic world-building, but familiar and somewhat cliche characters. Book 2 The Exiled Queen is great; the characters deepen, and the plot thickens.
Book 3 The Gray Wolf Throne is absolutely stunning; intricate plotlines come perfectly together, characterization is amazing, and the tension is almost unbearable. There is also an exciting mystery with more than one twist , and just the tiniest dash of romance.
Plus, as a bonus, the prose is lovely. I admit, I have not read them yet, but book 1 won the Newberry Honor medal, and many "picky" reviewers say they are fantastic. And isn't it said that a good children's book can be enjoyed by adults as well?
Anyways, I hope this review helps anyone thinking about whether or not they should read Graceling.
Those of you not familiar with the Teletubbies theme song, this might seem weird. But I hope you can sympathize with my frustration with the Graceling names. So, here is a parody: Graceling people View all 52 comments.
Oct 03, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 89 comments. Apr 17, Penny rated it it was ok Shelves: I happen to like books which feature kick-ass feminist heroines and are light on the romance so I should like this book, right?
Yeah, but I don't. First of all, Katsa acts like a petulant little girl throughout the entire book, not some strong feminist poster woman. Katsa shows very little, if any, personal growth over the course of this novel. Also, I felt like the author spent too much time trying to sell us on the following ideas: Look, I understand that some women feel that way, and I'm completely cool with it.
I'd be lying if I claimed that I've never thought some of the same things during my lifetime. That said, I hate how the author seems to be shoving very specific views down my throat instead of telling me a story that challenges me to think for myself. This book is written in such a way that it makes me think Cashore, the author, is using her character, her story as a vehicle to voice her very strong opinions.
Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily have a problem with that sort of thing, it's just that this book is being touted as 'feminist' but I fail to see true feminism within the pages of this book. I mean, I guess you could consider it a version of feminism, but it's not very inclusionary.
In fact, it's a very bigoted version of feminism. Other than Katsa every other woman in this book is portrayed as weak and dumb. So basically unless you're an angry, dress-hating, man-hating woman with an aversion to commitment there is something wrong with you. News Flash: I'm sorry but it is possible for independent, intelligent and stable women to embrace femininity without losing credibility. And anyway, isn't that the point of the feminist movement?
Gaining equality without having to act like 'one of the guys'? I mean, sure, you can reject femininity if you want, but don't go around assuming that those who are feminine are pathetic weakling losers who do nothing to help the cause. It just so turns out that line of thought is backward and does nothing to advance the cause. Also, Katsa's view of other women in the realm is quite condescending in that she never seems to consider how privileged she is compared to some of these other women.
Katsa's lucky in that she has the ability to kill pretty much anyone she wants so it's not like she has to do a damn thing anyone tells her to do.
Despite all the crap she supposedly has to put up with, Katsa has benefitted from an education and she's also afforded more freedoms than most women because someone else pays her bills. She doesn't have to milk the cows or churn butter or become a serving wench.
She doesn't have to prostitute herself out in order to make ends meet. Girlfriend needs to shut the hell up about all that because it's not like she's doing anything other than making a-hole observations. Katsa's not doing anything to change the way all women in the realm are treated, which is fine, it's her life, whatever. She just needs to quit it with the judgmental attitude toward others who can't afford to live or think the way she does. I could have handled Katsa's aversion to having a relationship with Poe if she hadn't had any feelings for him, or if she knew she wasn't emotionally ready to make any sort of commitment.
But no, Katsa's aversion to commitment was built up do be some great personal strength of hers. In the end it just felt like she 'she' being Katsa.
Or Cashore. I'm not a barnacle. I don't need a man So Poe, my lover, sorry you lost your sight and all but I'll prolly be drunk-dialing you in the future, cause I am comfortable with my sexuality. Strength can only be had by loners who don't like to commit because doing so will supposedly lower their self-worth I mean Also, it has to be said: Some people just don't know how to write a love scene.
James Cameron and Kristin Cashore are among that group. One last thing: All he did was voice his opinion, that's it. Had the tables been turned, had Po hit Katsa for voicing her opinion, you people would be unbelievably angry. I'm sure some of you would be burning Cashore in effigy. Let's do a little more of this whole turning tables thing. Pretend that Katsa is actually a male character and Po is female. Okay, how much do you love this new topsy-turvy version of Graceling?
Not very much, you say? Yeah, I thought so. If you ask me Katsa is one of the least deserving protagonists. She's a violent, judgmental a-hole who shows little to no personal growth over the course of this entire book. I don't care if she had a difficult childhood, having a difficult childhood doesn't mean you have to go around inflicting the worst parts of yourself on others. Having a difficult childhood doesn't give you license to be an awful person.
Two stars because the concept was cool. Too bad it was poorly executed. View all 31 comments. Watch my review here: View all 16 comments. Okay, so this was a re-read on audio and I thought it was really cool with the multiple narrators and music and stuff. But sometimes one of the voices rubbed me the wrong way and the music went from fantasy to what sounded like western music.
Maybe it was just me! She is an awesome inspiration for women warriors in a book. She kicks arse and takes names. I love the fact that she doesn't care anything about marriage or having kids. Sh Okay, so this was a re-read on audio and I thought it was really cool with the multiple narrators and music and stuff. She's like my hero. I need a tshirt!!! I wish I had her Grace: The characters in the book are so wonderful, even the evil jerks are played out very well.
I was so happy when Katsa met Po! Are they made for each other or what?! I don't like what happened to Po though: Katsa isn't like normal women, well that's obvious, but she doesn't care about any of the every day things women care about. She even hates her long hair because it's in her way of doing what she's trying to do: Katsa is Randa's mercenary and her, Oll and Giddon go out to do his bidding, although it's Katsa that dishes out the pain.
After some time she starts to get tired of doing this to people. You will have to read the book to see where that goes. Giddon is a good person, he just doesn't really understand Katsa and wants too much. I enjoyed all of the fighting and sparring between Po and Katsa. I loved when she was in a real fight too: Not very many, but they were the best.
Then again, most people would walk or run away when they saw her coming anyway. She's that bad and scary! Did I mention Katsa has some cool eyes!
A lot of the Gracelings have different eyes from everyone else, but Katsa has some beautiful ones. I am so glad I finally got to read this book, it is sooooo awesome! View all 40 comments. So fun fact, this is probably one of my most reread books of all time, and it was such a big influence on both what I write and what I love to read, and I love and appreciate it more every time.
This book opens with a scene in which Katsa, a character graced with the skill to kill people - literally, actually murder them - pu When a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? This book opens with a scene in which Katsa, a character graced with the skill to kill people - literally, actually murder them - putting a group of guards out cold rather than killing them in order to spare their lives while trying to rescue a falsely imprisoned old man.
I've always said that strong character work is the best way to make a book memorable, and Cashore absolutely nails this down. Katsa's character arc is next-level brilliant and honestly, it might be why I still read for characters. She goes from thinking of herself as a killer, a monster, a weapon, to thinking of herself as a justice-seeker. She's like She's so realistically drawn, driven by emotion, and lovable. Moving on. Some of you may know that I'm a bit picky around romance plots, but Katsa and Po?
Yeah, I don't have a single complaint here. Katsa and Po don't have ANY instalove going on. And they have some truly iconic banter. Po is also a genuinely good guy, rather than being a Tough Scary Bad Dude, and he's a dynamic character on his own. Basically, he's the only guy I could ever consider a book boyfriend. It'll be refreshing to have you come at me with a knife. Bitterblue is an entertaining and dynamic character, and in fact, she gets her own book later on.
Po, Raffin, and Giddon are all incredibly vivid characters [and they all get more later]. It's kind of incredible how human all of these characters are, how they never feel like plot devices.
The worldbuilding of this series is super good, first of all, and I love how the graces are a neutral element - both good and bad, depending on their use. I have literally read this book, what, over twenty times? And I have still never felt bored. Also, I love KCashore's writing. I don't know what it is, but it feels so classic fantasy in a good way? Fucking love it. And to be quite honest, the fact that some reviewers have decided Katsa not being feminine is a problem is kind of fucked up; like, I love that you lend your support to feminine heroines, but gnc lady protagonists are like Kind of fucked up to hate on them for not being feminine, hm?
This series does feature a rejection of marriage as a social construct; however, within the series, marriage is specifically framed as giving men legal control over their wives, so I honestly think Katsa's rejection of marriage in the context of this book is simply a realistic decision based on her world's version of marriage. Or maybe it's just really feminist to be under someone's thumb now. Let me run this book, published in , down for you: Book three: Graceling is an action-adventure story about redemption and self-hatred.
Fire is a political story about agency, rape culture, and abusive relationships, both domestic and parental. Bitterblue is a slow-burn mystery, character study, and bildungsroman about a nation growing up and letting go, all wrapped in one.
All three of these books are executed so well that your favorite will depend mostly on what themes touch you the most. For me, Graceling and Bitterblue [ which I reviewed here hey hey hey ] are the standouts, but they're honestly all great. What the fuck.
In summary: Everyone should read this and read the next two as well. And then DM me about it. I'm begging. Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube I probably should already stop being surprised by the fact that every time I reread a book, I come up with something new to say or feel about it.
Looks like my previous reading of Graceling caused a lengthy rant. Yeah, no such strong feelings this time. This time, I was able to appreciate the writing more. It's lovely. I really love how it flows, how the sentences connect. This book stands the test of time. And it's great that it stirs so much discussion and, often, outrage.
But, but, but. On a personal level, I still disagree with some of Katsa's views. There is a paragraph in the middle of the novel that is especially jarring to my sensibilities. If she took Po as her husband, she would be making promises about a future she couldn't yet see.
For once she became his wife, she would be his forever. And, no matter how much freedom Po gave her, she would always know that it was a gift. Her freedom would be not be her own; it would be Po's to give or to withhold.
That he never would withhold it made no difference. If it did not come from her, it was not really hers. The way I see it, there is a fundamental flaw in Katsa's logic. This notion that marriage takes one's freedom, that once you unite with someone, your spouse controls you.
This is not what I believe in. I am leaving my previous review of the book too. At the moment, I don't feel as strongly about the issues I was so eager to target back then.
But who knows what I will feel in a few years? Previously This is my second reading of "Graceling" and I found myself enjoying it probably even more than when I read it the first time. I am once again convinced that Cashore is a very talented writer with a great future ahead of her. Now, having read her second book "Fire," I know that she is developing as a writer in many ways. This particular book is very imaginative, the idea of Graces is original at least to me and intriguing - I especially enjoy the fact that the Graces are never what they appear to be at first.
They are complex and ever evolving. I also appreciate Cashore's writing style - it is simple, concise, but yet very descriptive and emotional. What greatly frustrates me about Cashore's writing, and the main reason I find it impossible for myself to give her books 5 stars, is ultimate weakness of her heroines both Katsa and Fire and their strange and obsessive attitudes toward marriage and children. I understand this desire for independence very well. For the longest time I myself refused idea of marriage and I don't have kids, but even I find Katsa's unyielding desire to never marry or to commit strange, considering her journey in this novel.
The saddest thing about this book is definitely the epilogue. It is so unsatisfying to me that Katsa, even after all her adventures and all the proof of Po's love and devotion to her, still chooses to do "as she pleases" - to go about her business leaving Po behind to be her occasional lover, to make sure she does not "stop him from loving anyone else.
My answer is "no. I fail to understand why Katsa thinks that marrying Po or committing herself to him fully would ever put constraints on her independence? Does she know him at all? If she trusts Po so little, why is she with him? If all she wants is sex, can't she find a man who is as afraid of commitment as she is?
Why hurt Po so? And how long such relationship can last while Katsa is being her own woman and encouraging Po to go around looking for someone else to love? In the end, I just feel that Cashore here lost an opportunity to show Katsa's emotional growth.
I don't mean that marriage to Po would have proven her to be a better person, but the ability to fully commit and to surrender to and to trust her partner, certainly would. In my eyes, Katsa starts her journey being scared of trusting people and fearful of commitment, and ends it without changing in any significant way. It makes me sad for her, because in real life people stuck on their trust issues, people who do not grow and change and learn to trust, fail their relationships over and over again.
Cashore tries to portray Katsa's decision as a triumph of her independence, but for me it is merely an indication of a victory of Katsa's fears over her life experiences.
And here is the last argument I am going to make against the message of this book. Imagine if it were Po who made Katsa's decisions - Po who says he will never marry Katsa, Po who will never agree to give her children, Po who will ride around going about his business and occasionally meeting Katsa for hook-ups.
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Paperback Verified download. I'll write the review I wish I'd read before downloading this book and its sequels Fire and Bitterblue. I bought and read Graceling and Fire in their entirety; Bitterblue I had learned my lesson and only skimmed a friend's copy in the hopes of seeing a satisfactory resolution to the whole thing, but I could not handle the book at all.
The allusions to what I'm calling "upsetting content" are subtler in Graceling than they are in Fire, so you can skim over a few paragraphs in Graceling and be left unsettled but not utterly disgusted, but if you're sensitive, it will still linger and upset you.
Fire has more detail. And then in Bitterblue, all subtlety goes completely out the window and I don't see how you could read it without being traumatized.
These books contain characters who commit acts that are truly sick, depraved, and vicious.
I do not like to get broadsided by abuse, torture, animal cruelty, rape, and intended incest in a book. Especially a YA fantasy book. Though Cashore gives Graceling herself and Fire and Bitterblue redemptive and at least somewhat happy endings, I'm not left feeling uplifted. I'm left feeling like I was just slimed by an extremely misanthropic worldview and a glimpse through a window I wish I could shut tight.
I'm not denying that Leck is an effective villain -- he is utterly, relentlessly, villainous, so what else could he be? But he's not an Iago or Richard III -- you're not sitting there enjoying his plots and schemes for their complexity and audacity and his gift at making you complicit.
Neither is he a Voldemort -- a nearly abstract embodiment of Evil, whose acts aren't psychologically complex at all and are mostly described with corresponding simplicity suitable for young readers. He's not even a Hannibal Lechter -- freaking creepy, but so strange and specific that you don't actually worry that you're going to encounter him in the real world -- or that he would do anything to you if he met you.
Leck's a much more deeply personal nightmare, and I would think some readers -- especially sensitive readers and younger readers -- would not thank Cashore for giving them that nightmare. I'm giving these books three stars because my comments here about the content are objectively true but their impact is subjective.
These aren't bad books as far as the craft of storytelling goes, but I personally did not like them -- and there may be likeminded readers who would benefit from my remarks. If you would not read someone's memoir about abuse because it just upsets you too much, you might want to avoid these books as well.
If you are someone who finds it healing or redemptive to read of survivors, however, you might find that these books speak to you As is the case with real abuse, of course, not all of the damage can be mitigated.
I hope I've helped you decide whether or not these books are for you. Kindle Edition Verified download. Oh Graceling. I looked at this book several times before actually reading it and I am SO glad I finally did!
Katsa is a wonderful main character. She is a graceling, meaning that she is graced with special abilities like many other characters in this fantasy world. Katsa is able to kill anyone with her bare hands and is a skilled fighter.
I absolutely adored Katsa. Everything about Katsa is intense. Her fighting, her relationships and her sheer will to survive and persevere through some impossible situations. And Po, I loved Po! The romance was absolutely adorable. Po softens Katsa, and yet he understands and respects her.
The story itself was exciting. A lot of great fight scenes and dramatic rescues. Much of the story revolves around Katsa uncovering the treachery of her kingdom. There was also a twist towards the end that I was not expecting! While I adored all the characters and their relationships, the world-building and story line of this book is really where it shines.
It was so well thought out and complete for being a stand alone novel Bitterblue and Fire are companion novels but the stories are different. Highly recommend this read. August 13, at 5: December 6, at 6: Miss Anon says: May 15, at 7: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.