Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a fantasy/adventure/romance novel with a fierce female protagonist. While an enthralling and satisfying read on the whole, I had a few issues with the pacing. The author had a tendency to wax lyrical about how it feels to fight or how cold it can be in the mountains, but often pivotal moments of the book were over much too quickly. But all in all, it was an exciting read and there were moments where I couldn’t put the book down.
(Note: Don’t be put off by the cover! I was a bit embarrassed to be reading a book with a giant sword on it…)