I've upped this to four stars, mainly because I think Po is dreamy.
2/13: I recently reread this, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it the second time around. I find Katsa a very compelling protagonist. She is in complete command of her powers, which makes a nice change since in most YA novels the female characters are unsure of or insecure about their own strength. What worries Katsa is what her brutal gifts indicate about her morality. I loved seeing her come to terms with who she can be, in spite of her gifts, and because of them. Also, Po is still dreamy. I think Cashore must think so too, because he seems to solve all problems in book 3. While we're on that topic, I wish I could like the other two books in this trilogy, but I really can't. The second one was a little bewildering in general, and the plot of the third lacked forward movement. I wish Cashore had stuck a little closer to Katsa and Po.