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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 chose 4 stars only because I wished it to be longer and for the main character to whittle itself out. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was we'll written, engaging and fresh. Katas was a heroine I could admire and Po was swoon worthy too. A must read.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was truly a unique read. I loved the fact this story had a strong heroine. The book had a lot of potential but I feel there was much that could have been better. Read morePublished 6 days ago by hollieanne
It took a few tries to get into this book, solely because I thought it would be unrealistic since in the beginning we see a young girl can take on any man with little problem. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amanda K
What can I say but that I loved, loved, loved this book!
Kristin Cashore's debut novel - Graceling - has everything I love. Read more
For the first few chapters, I thought this was going to be just another YA book. I can't remember when exactly it was that I realized this was in fact what a YA fantasy adventure... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Erica Dean L
wonderfully written; I was caught up in the fantasy and romance of the book.Published 9 days ago by Sun Shine
I loved this book. Really enjoyed it. After reading it (and letting my mom borrow it) I had to go buy the other books in the series. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Fran