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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
I have a copy of this book and wanted to get it for my friend's birthday present. I had it sent to her house and it got there within two days. My friend loved it!!!Published 17 hours ago by Emily
I read these books at least once a year. They are beautifully written. I own them in paperback as well, and each time they take me away to such a lovely place. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kristy vickery
Katsa and Po reside in a mythical medieval realm of seven kingdoms. (Not to be confused with GoT's seven kingdoms, although Katsa does say, "Winter's coming. Read morePublished 2 days ago by A. Woman
I read this book for a literature class and while it kept me interested and entertained, part of it felt really forced. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Stephanie L
Perfectly paced! Believable hero and heroine...beautiful in all their glory and flaws. Never a dull moment, and the action sequences are so well-written. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Andrea Alexander
I heard this was good and hesitated to read it. I knew I would get completely engulfed in the story .... The author is a master story teller and I love the book !! Read morePublished 8 days ago by snow
I really liked this book if u like reading read this i had it on my kindle for a long time and didn't read it then I rewound it one day and read the whole thing in a weekendPublished 10 days ago by lissa
All I'm going to say is that this book is a great read if you like those strong woman lead. And it is. This book is highly recommended!!Published 10 days ago by Maggie Solomon