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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
In Kristin Cashore’s YA fantasy book Graceling, certain people (those with two different colored eyes) are blessed or cursed, as the case may be, with superpower gifts. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Cora L. Foerstner
Let's get right to it: I loved it.
I'm sure two weeks down the road I'll end up agreeing with all the less than glowing reviews I've seen on some points but for the time... Read more
I cried when Po lost his sight. But the book as a whole was awesome. I liked Fire a little better though.Published 1 day ago by Sherri Harris
great book....I have my criticisms, but overall, this book has kept me interested, given me butterflies, and captivated my emotions... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kristy D. Brown
I was looking for something a little lighter than my usual dark fantasy favorites, and I was surprised at just how good this book was. Read morePublished 6 days ago by T. Rod
Average story. No real surprises. Wasn't disappointed, just wasn't thrilled either.Published 6 days ago by R. Budge
I thought this book was really good and I like how it wasn't a prince is shining armed saving the girl but them saving each other
- I recommend this book to teens and young... Read more