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Graceling Paperback – September 7, 2009
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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BUT. This is billed as a book for 14 yo and up, so I think it fair to warn parents of elements they may not want their young teen to encounter. There are a couple of fairly discreet sex scenes, where the author is clear about what is going on but not very detailed. There is also a mention of a brothel near the beginning of the book (although a more offensive word is used to describe it) and there are many incidences of unwanted attention paid to girls or inappropriate comments made about them. This is a plot element, since it makes the lead female character defensive of the young women.
Also, and this is probably the "biggie" for conservative parents, Katsa rejects the concept of marriage, and there are several times when one or another character implies that it is a yoke that will force a couple to stay together regardless of their actual feelings.Read more ›
The book has a satisfying romance that is neither mushy nor too remote. It rang more true overall than most relationships that have been in my recent reading. It's not primarily a romance, although the romance is a strong secondary plot that provides some of the motivation for the characters.
About halfway through, I began to wonder about it being YA since the characters do not come across as teens. I had to go back to the copyright page and check the recommended reading age to verify that, yes, it is being promoted as YA for ages 14 and up. Really, it is a toss up either way. Not that YA isn't mature and wonderful--I read a lot of it after all--but it could have just as easily been marketed to adults. I think the majority of readable fantasy is in YA these days.
I highly recommend the novel but I have to do so with a warning. If it matters to you, the book has a rather anti-marriage message in it which fits the main character's personality, but will be the most problematic element for some readers.
Graceling is well-written with some grand adventure, musings on talents, as well as characters who actually grow and change as they learn more about themselves. It never goes for the cheap shot in action sequences although they aren't the focus of the story. In other words, I liked it. Even the few philosophies that I didn't agree with made me think. That makes it a book worth reading.
I didn't give it only one star for the simple reason that the author put some effort into the accuracy of descriptions such as crossing a mountain (I've seen characters crossing frozen mountains without any sort of equipment and coming out as fresh as if they had taken a stroll in the park), and also because this book is still better than some very popular romance novels. At least Katsa has some other goals in life than dedicating it to a man, and Po tries not to be too possessive or controlling.
Still we are being served another version of Mary Sue and Gary Stu. Katsa seemed to be an interesting character at first, but then she succeeds in almost everything she does: she created the Council all by herself, is described as invincible since she can survive everywhere, she teaches people to fight, etc... That's quite a lot for only one person. Why not leave a bit more credit to the others?
As for her views on certain things such as marriage, I would have expected her to at least reconsider her position by the end of the book.
The main character's love interest has everything, the good looks, a good heritage, a Grace that allows him to have a good ending no matter what and a more than remarkable dedication to Katsa, which also makes him almost perfect. The rest of the characters are just cardboard characters, with of course the "good peasants" and the "evil kings".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took awhile to get into the meat of the story, but once the plot starts rolling, it's pretty addictive.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was a well written book. It was exciting to see a new spin on a fantasy world. Po and Katsa are so easy to fall in love with. :) a good read for all agesPublished 6 days ago by Mehgan
The characters are well written and the story was great. I barely put the book down. Can't wait to read the rest of Graceling Realm books.Published 8 days ago by Gene Huggins
I will say that at least I was able to get through it. Which is why I gave it 2 stars. The writing wasn't horrible. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
this book is basically like a dictionary of ya cliques on loop. it might not be repetitive but it is so similar to other books it feels repetitive. Read morePublished 19 days ago by J. Schmidt
Similar to Garth nix abhorsen series, so if you like that style you will really fall into this book. Dislike, not long enough!Published 1 month ago by KCHammer