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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 liked the premise and the characters although the writing and the plot development leave something to be desired. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Daniel Lovric
Great book. Started out a little slow but soon picked up and I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next two.Published 5 days ago by slchase
Loved the story and the characters. Especially Katza. She is such a strong character. Very independent and truly a hero.Published 5 days ago by Bebete
The book arrived in the condition as described and as expected.
Absolutely loved this book- inspiring as a writer. I really got attatched to the charactersPublished 7 days ago by Sierra
This book is really a great fairy tale with persons called 'Graceling' with certain abilities, each Graceling has eyes of two colors, and the abilities are different for each... Read morePublished 13 days ago by MRandall
One of the most compelling YA fantasy novels I've come across in a while. The world is fascinating, the characters dynamic, and the story emotional. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Samantha Stein