Saturday, June 6, 2009


by Kristin Cashore

# of pages: 480
age range: 14+

A world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable Katsa forms an underground Council, whose purpose is to combat the destructive behavior of the seven kings - after all, the Middluns is only one of the seven kingdoms, and each of them is ruled its own king with his own personal agenda for power.

When the Council hears that the King of Liend's father has been kidnapped Katsa investigates . . . and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap him, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced fighter who challenged her fighting skills, for the first time, as she and the Council rushed the old man to safety? Something dark and deadly is rising in the north and creeping across the continent, and behind it all lurks the shadowy figure of a one eyed king . . .

Wow, this book is an amazing debut! I was so surprised at how well this novel was. The book starts off right when Katsa is rescuing the Liend grandfather, and that is when she meets Po the graced fighter (so we think). Eventually after lots of fighting drama at the castle, Po and Katsa run away together to go investigate the mysterious mountain Kingdom. It is on their journey that Katsa realizes what her Grace really is, and she discovers her true feeling for Po.

But the adventure doesn't stop there, readers will meet a new character, Bitterblue, she is the daughter of the mountain king, and Katsa must take her on a perilous journey across the monsean mountains where they can escape.

This is a beautiful book filled with romance, intrigue, strong well developed characters, mystery, and action. I recommend this book to all it is a treasure within itself.

If you liked Graceling, check out:

Princess Ben: Catherine Murdock

The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins

City of Bones: Cassandra Clare

Bones of Faerie: Janni Lee Simner

The Forest of Hands and Teeth: Carrie Ryan

A Great and Terrible Beauty: Libba Bray

Chalice: Robin McKinley

*Poison Study: Maria V. Snyder

Watch for Cashore's second novel: Fire which is about another Graced girl in the same world. A companion novel, yes that's the word.

You can check out Kristin Cashore at her blog.
you can also watch the trailor for the book here on youtube, but be warned it really isn't anything like the book.

I would totally buy this book you can get an amazing bargain price on amazon for the harcover, here is the link : Graceling
- M.

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