Sabriel - Garth Nix Surprisingly, excellent... like, actually feminist. Sabriel is a recent graduate that gradually comes into her own, growing into power, confidence and authority over the course of this first book. The romantic element is handled pretty gracefully, too, and the world and magical underpinnings are complex and revealed naturally and convincingly. Didn't expect to, but I loved it. Excited to continue on in the trilogy, and a little sad that there's a big time skip to the next book... Stellar fantasy all 'round.