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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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 liked the character development; and the dizziness I felt when in Leck's presence. I am going to name my kitten Bitterblue.Published 1 day ago by Gotigermonk
I had a hard time liking this book. It was a quick and easy read, but in the end, I just wasn't really moved by any of the characters. Read morePublished 6 days ago by meg6784
Got better with every page I turned. I enjoyed not being able to guess the ending or storyline like a lot of romance novels.Published 7 days ago by Kim
I had to read it all in one weekend! Such an enjoyable ride it was! I would love for Kristin Cashore to write more books faster...Published 7 days ago by Martinique
Looking for appropriate books as Christmas gifts for young ladies in our family Althea recommended GRACELING and BITTERBLUE. She guided us well. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Wayne
This book was amazing. The plot was interesting, the characters were powerful and intriguing, and the overall feel of the book was perfect! I highly suggest you read it.Published 10 days ago by Grace
Part of a trilogy and it didn't really appeal to me perhaps too young for me. Just more of the same.Published 12 days ago by Julie Payne
This is one of those books that I can see other people enjoying immensely when I did not. Let's face it, of the kick-ass female heroes that have graced (haha) YA fantasy in the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Sage Collins
I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It had much in it that I couldn't anticipate and that pleased me. A different viewpoint, but not ridiculously so. Very enjoyable!Published 14 days ago by Caro