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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
This book was great! Easy and fun to read! Grabbed my attention from the beginning and all the way through to the end!Published 2 days ago by Jennifer Martin
Katsa and Po were good characters with enjoyable (if predictable) story arcs.
The world was a bit unrefined, however, and gaping holes existed in the story that proved a... Read more
This book has been in my To Be Read pile for a long time, and I don’t know why
I haven’t read it before. It’s a great book, filled with great, complex main characters. Read more
It was definitely a good book. The characters stayed true and in some cases developed a little. It had imagination and always kept moving forward. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Elisabeth Douglass
I really didn't want to read this book (I have so many others to read) but about 50 pages in I simply couldn't put it down. It was good! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Phoenix
Lovely reading, very interesting story. Lots of details and a wonderful group of characters, that bring the story to life.Published 10 days ago by Julia I. Vazquez
Has great characters and meticulous world building. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series very soon. Highly recommended.Published 12 days ago by M L G. Moore
I am posting review #1,168 for Changeling, so I will keep it brief. Liked this plot, loved the worlds and world-building, loved this message in particular: you do not know the... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dorothy
Takes a little while to pick-up, but Parts II &III are really good. Read the second half of the book in one sitting.Published 14 days ago by Micha Midnight