Love, love, love this book. I discovered Kristin Cashore's blog several months ago and have been hearing tons of good things about Graceling. I finally got a chance to read her book and wasn't disappointed. I hate spoilers, so I won't say much about the story, but it reminded me somewhat of Robin McKinley's Damar books. Strong female protagonist, delicious romance. Highly recommended, even to people who don't normally read epic fantasy.