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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
Graceling is about a young girl named Katsa who has one of the best Graces in the seven kingdoms. She can kill people easily. In the past, she has even killed people by accident. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Krystianna Straley
This is a copy/paste from my Goodreads review
Well written, the pacing didn't drag, overall, a fun adventure story. Read more
This book had so much promise and I love the premise and writing but the end and pushed feminist approach rather ruined it for me. You can be married to a man and not be his slave. Read morePublished 11 days ago by nethtilis
I'm not afraid to say that I am not a fan of most YA fiction (I know, right? Weird, because the whole universe is in love with it:) And I really thought I would feel the same way... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Shawnee
Being able to relate to the characters and their plight is the signature of a good book and exactly what I got from reading Gracling.Published 15 days ago by Doreen S Brady