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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 text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Graceling is a book of fantasy, yet it is stirred up with extensive vocabulary, language techniques, and beautiful storytelling with a pinch of romance so that the book resembles... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ben Liew
I like to read YA novels even though I am in my. 60s. It is true your body ages but not your mind or spirit. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tina L.
Very compelling characters, loved how the main character was strong wonderful. Absolutely loved it.Published 7 days ago by Marissa McDaniel
Slam bang fantasy action with a young woman central character. An overly tortured inner life and a strained romantic plot. Still a fun read.Published 7 days ago by dabbler
Very good book, the romance was a bit rushed but other than that it was fantasticPublished 8 days ago by Sarah Nnenna Loveth Nwafor
The book was ok. I liked the characters. It wasn't a fantastic book but it wasn't bad either. I probably won't read any more of the Graceling Realm booksPublished 8 days ago by Susan Yeager
You wouldn't think you'd connect and sympathize with a killer but this book gets so deep into the characters that I connected with all of them. It was fantastic and beautiful.Published 12 days ago by lillian