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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
A beautifully written tale with a unique basis. The characters are lovable and clever. The world is well-developed and I look forward to seeing where the adventures go in the next... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Jessie Wallace
This book is suitable for 7th grade and up. The author weaves a very exciting world of fantasy with characters that are strong both physically and mentally. Read morePublished 1 day ago by connie vincent
At first I thought it would be like many I have ready before. The story grew more interesting to where there were tears in my eyes and my heart spread up wanting to skip to the end... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
A friend of mine recommended this author to me. I am very glad she did. A different world than what is frequently seen. Characters who evolve as the plot unfolds. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tamara
Katsa is a Graceling. She was born with a special gift that allows her to fight with extreme skill. She always wins when facing an opponent. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kristin
I rarely re-read books, but this one was just as good the second time around. The only complaint I have is Katsa's reasons for not wanting to get married. It's nonsensical... Read morePublished 7 days ago by RHancock
I purchased all 3 of Kristin Cashore's book for our family - and we have ALL enjoyed them immensely. Read morePublished 7 days ago by THoop
Thank you for showing me to enjoy your imagination Ms. Cashore :) look forward to your next book,Fire .Thank youPublished 11 days ago by tamie deel