Number 7 - Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
It says something about how many great couples I've read this year that Katsa and Po only come in at number seven. I adored this book when I went hunting for the quote below I ended up reading the whole thing again. It's just so good.
Katsa is a great heroine, her growth in the novel and her journey towards self acceptance and control over her temper and grace are brilliantly handled. As for Po, what can I say, he's the perfect hero despite having his own demons to battle. I love him for not wanting or expecting Katsa to change for him.
"It would change me to be your wife," she said.
He watched her eyes. "Yes. I understand you."
A log fell into the fire. They sat quietly. His voice, when he spoke, was hesitant.
"It strikes me that heartbreak isn't the only alternative to marriage," he said.
"What do you mean?"
He ducked his head for a moment. he raised his eyes to her again. "I'll give myself to you however you'll take me," he said, so simply that Katsa found she wasn't embarrassed. She watched his face.
"And where would that lead?"
"I don't know, but I trust you."
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