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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Posted by Caitie F on June 6, 2011

This is a fun summer read!

Title: Graceling 
Author: Kristin Cashore
Hardcover:  470 pages
Publisher: Harcourt
Year Published: 2008
Rating: +++++

Summary (from goodreads):

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


Since this book released, I have picked it up over a dozen times. The cover is just stunning. I could not just walk by it without stopping. I loved the concept and wanted to read it for a while, but just kept putting it off. I should have known that was just a silly thing to do.

I am fangirling over this book a little. I enjoyed every second of reading it and when I was doing other things, I wanted to go back to reading.

Katsa is the definition of a girl who kicks ass. There is something with names starting with Kat, because she reminded me of Katniss, but she was even tougher and deadly. Throw her into the Hunger Games bubble and no one would stand a chance!

She isn’t just strong because of her Grace. She has trained, worked hard, and educated herself more than she ever needed to. She stands up against her uncle and won’t allow him to use her as a tool. She stands up for the people of the world and does everything she can to help. She also will help others become stronger and teaches them how to protect themselves. She may be my favorite female character of the year.

She also sticks to what she believes in, even if it is not popular. She does not want to marry or have children. While most people scoff at her and say it will never work, she stands her ground and finds ways (and people) who respect her decisions and work with her. This makes it a very different romance with the charming, strong, and secretive Po. Everyone tries to make them something they are not, which adds another layer to the tension. It is a sweet and exciting love, but it does not take away from the action-packed book full of mystery and suspense of the rest of the book.

The idea of having a Grace was something that drew me to the book and did not disappoint. That everyone could see that who was special made it harder for all involved and added some interesting situations and conflicts. Some of the Graces were funny, shocking, or made me envious! The cooking Grace would be quite useful!

I loved every page of this book and cannot wait to read the next book!

If you could have a Grace, what would you want? I can’t decide!


5 Responses to “Graceling by Kristin Cashore”

  1. This book has been sitting on my shelf since it came out. The second book is also sitting on my shelf….. Thanks for the review, maybe they’ll make it off of the shelf and into my hands a little sooner. :0)

  2. I’ll have to tell my sister about this book – she’s the fantasy reader in my family.

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