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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 was really into the book, until it started getting into not believing in marriage and having sex. This book is not for the young. This worlds moral is bad enough. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gene
An overlooked gem. I adore this book. It's deeply feminist, beautifully told, entrancing from start to finish. I couldn't put it down.Published 6 days ago by Heather M. Head
I really enjoyed this adventure. It had everything, an interesting plot, a strong heroine, goid world building, likable hero and a bit of romance as well. 3.5-4 stars.Published 16 days ago by Anjena
I was looking for another high fantasy to get into after finishing all of the Thrones [pats self on back], but this ain't it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by D. Krauss
Really enjoyable, similar to hunger games, so if you liked that series, you'll probably like Graceling. Also a little magical.Published 17 days ago by Mimi