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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.
I wish I could give this book more than five stars. It is definitely my favorite of the series.Published 10 hours ago by DevF
This trilogy was a gift for a teenage girl, and though it is the first time she will read this author, she said the books look really interesting. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Kay Jansen
What a fun novel! It had been recommended to me by multiple sources but I’d heard a few negative reviews and kept putting it off. I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Walker
Young adult or middle ages even, it's romantic and has plot twists I never would have imagined. I read this book when I was about 10 and now I've re-read it at 15 and I love it... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Eric Jones
An amazing debut. Kristin Cashore knows how weave a tale of fantasy with brilliant characters.Published 3 days ago by R
Have you ever read a book featuring FEMALE assassins? No, scratch that. Have you ever read a Young Adult book featuring assassins? Read morePublished 3 days ago by Zeee @ I Heart Romance
I liked the premise and the characters although the writing and the plot development leave something to be desired. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Daniel Lovric