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.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace–or the 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.
Katsa is a Graceling. Her Grace is killing. She doesn’t like to kill but the King makes her. When she meets Prince Po her world is about to drastically change. Can she be in love and still be herself?
I don’t usually like these pure fantasy novels. I’m more of an Urban Fantasy person. Kristin Cashore might have just changed my mind.
In Graceling, Kristin Cashore has created a magical fantasy world full of surprises. She took a concept that has been done one million times-superpowers-and completely made it her own original work of art. The land in which Graceling takes place is full of endless possibilities.
Katsa is an strong female character. She has good reason to be. Katsa’s growth as a character is amazing. It never felt rushed or unjustified. It takes some authors three to four books to achieve this much character development. Kristin did it in one book. She has a knack for it! The relationship between Katsa and Po was of course my favorite part. I thought it played out perfectly. It wasn’t overdone but it did leave you wanting more.
Kristin Cashore is a name we are going to be hearing for a long time to come. She is a fairly new name on the YA Fantasy front but I think she will be right up there with Robin McKinley very soon. I loved Graceling and I can’t wait for Fire. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for? 5 Stars!