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Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.
Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.
Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore’s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book. (Ages 14 and up) --Heidi Broadhead
For a 1st book this is awesome, for a 50th book it would still be awesome. Enjoyed the characters, descriptions, story and everything else needed to build a great book. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by SD Bookworm
The thing I noticed was how poorly written this third person perspective is, or it could just be my imagination, and how annoying Katsa is, and honestly, the romance is sickening. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mckenna
This is one of the most original plots and worlds I have read. I just love it all around. There is more then one strong female character which is always a plus.Published 3 days ago by Jacoh Andrew
The book hooks you from the first three chapters alone, and although some plot point Nya come too easily the characters are so real and so believable that you can continue to... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dynisha08
This book is amazing. Kristen Cashore is a brilliant writer, and I can't wait to read more of her books. It was just the right amount of adventure and romance. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kelsey
I like the graces, and I thought the villain was truly terrifying. I thought the danger was too quickly resolved though, not enough payoff to make up for the big buildup to the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite book in the world! I give my signed copy away to my best friend so I have to buy another one, but this time hard cover.Published 7 days ago by Iheartcycling
This book is amazing! Great storyline, awesome characters, intense action and surprises along the way- can't want a better book than this. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Katy b.