Graceling- Kristin Cashore

Written By: Kellie - May• 05•12

Synopsis: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.     When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more. -Goodreads

Review: I’m reviewing Graceling based on my first reread of this book. I read it for the first time awhile back and loveddd the world Kristin Cashore had created, and always knew that I was going to come back to this book. With the final book in this trilogy Bitterblue coming out soon, now seemed like the perfect time, and I was definitely left wondering why I hadn’t reread this book a year ago. It’s definitely one I could keep coming back to time and time again.

Without question, the coolest part of this series is the world building. The Graceling Realm takes what is no longer a particularly original idea (some among us are born with special abilities) and takes it from a traditionally sci-fi (think X-Men) concept to one beautifully interwoven with a fantasy landscape.

The characters play another big part of why I love this book. The main character Katsa (who in no small way reminds me of Katniss) is thoughtful, unsure of herself and so very powerful. She’s a fantastic character to follow and is clearly someone you want to root for right from the beginning. I also really liked Po and (yay!) Bitterblue. I can’t wait to see what her story is.

If you haven’t read this book or Fire (the next in the series, which follows a different character) yet, I highly recommend it. They are both crazy good and don’t follow a lot of the cliches that come with either YA or fantasy novels.

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