Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, another well known and well liked book I’d been meaning to read for a while, is about a girl with a power, called a Grace, learning about her place in the world. Learning about what she’d like her place in the world to be. Oh, and there’s the obligatory evil kings and heroic princes and princesses in distress, too.
What works best? The character progression of the main protagonist. In fact, the plot always serves to move Katsa one step further on her personal journey. The most striking part of the story being told is how she comes to think of herself, her powers, her relationships with people, and what she’s going to choose for herself.
She’s a completely different person at the end of the book than she was at the beginning, but no one moment causes that change. It’s gradual.
The character was easy to relate to, and the story engaging.