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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
The story was very well written and I fell in love with Katsa, the main character, instantly.
The plot moved fast and had a lot of very well done twists and turns; it was full of adventure, intrigue, and action.
This book was a really good book I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read about fantasy and romance.
I absolutely loved this book. The plot was very well written. I could really connect with Katsa as a character. Definitely recommend this for middle school students.Published 5 hours ago by Maggie
The story line was fresh, the characters were diverse and complex. You will enjoy this book from start to finish.Published 15 hours ago by James A. Hill
Nice story. A little predictable but still enjoyed. Doesn't leave you hanging at the end of the book. Good readPublished 1 day ago by Amber La-Haise
Honestly it just that great of a book that anything I think of to say would be a spoiler. I loved the book and am getting the next two.Published 2 days ago by Eternal Optimist
Onto Bitterblue......can't wait to see where this story leads. Good female heroin with a fantastic Grace of survival. Next pls.Published 4 days ago by LMPayneWorden
The writing was good in places but very inconsistent, also tedious in many parts. Felt like the author lost steam half way through the book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Loan Nguyen
This book seemed perfect for me. There's a solid and interesting fantasy element to it, it had decent political intrigue, and the main complaint everyone had about it seemed to be... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Annabelle
The book is a wonderful romantic adventure and an important departure from the usual plot turns. Enormously different and satisfying.Published 5 days ago by Lisa burrows
I liked this book a lot. I tried the audio book for a little bit, but I felt the female voice talent made Katsa sound too much like Belle. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Hailey