July 17, 2009
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
By Kristin Cashore
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 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.
Graceling is an epic novel. If you have not read it you need to go run and pick it up. Katsa is a strong powerful female character who is a wonderful role model, she is the type of women that little girls should look up to.
Kristin Cashore has created a beautiful world in the seven kingdoms, it reminds me of Tamora Pierce's Tortall in how complex and varied it is. Fans of fantasy will fall in love with Cashore's storytelling and her world building.
Now I know that many people are wary of high/epic fantasy and I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why. I think that people who are wary should give Graceling a try. Just read it and then make your final decision.
Po, oh Po. I love Prince Greening Grandemalion. He is one of my favorite parts of Graceling. And after reading Fire I am positive that Kristen Cashore creates the most beautiful, wonderful love interests.
Either way go to the book store and pick up Graceling, you won't be disappointed.
My review of Fire: FIRE
If you liked Graceling try The Near Witch
Here is the book trailer!