Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Review: Graceling by Kristin CashoreTitle: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore (Blog, Twitter)
Series: Graceling Realms #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 471
Publisher: HMH for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket

One of my friends recommended this book to me because I liked The Hunger Games so much.  I’m really glad she did recommend it because Graceling has been added to my Favorites shelf.

I started reading Graceling on Tuesday, but I only got a few chapters in, so I wasn’t completely hooked yet.  However, yesterday, I was sick and stayed home from work.  I couldn’t put the book down.  The story was so captivating and the characters are extremely likable.

I loved the concept of Gracelings and Graces.  As I read the story, I found myself wishing I had a Grace.  Some of them are extreme, like Katsa’s and Po’s.  Others are simple like being able to swim like a fish.  I think it would be fun to have a more simple Grace.

The story also has a very sweet romance that draws you in.  I loved seeing this romance develop, being on the outside and seeing things evolve before the characters even realized what was going on.

This is Kristin Cashore’s first book and it’s so well written.  Her use of words, foreshadowing, and humor is incredible.  A prequel-ish book, called Fire, is being released in October 2009 and I can’t wait to read it because I know it’ll captivate me just as much as Graceling did.  She’s also writing a sequel-ish book, called Bitterblue.  There’s no release date planned.

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Comments

  1. says

    Fantasy, romance, and adventure? I might have to pick this one up some time. That is if I ever get done with Dracula and the fifth Artemis Fowl. xD

  2. says

    Simone, it’s near the middle to end. It’s while they’re in the forest. I’m not sure exactly where it is, though. It’s very tasteful.

    Stephanie, there is, but as I said, it’s very tasteful.

  3. says

    I’m in the middle of reading this one right now and am really enjoying it! Reminds me so much of Grave Mercy (which is a good thing!)

    • says

      I’ve never read Grave Mercy before. I’ll have to look it up. Anything that’s like Graceling is good in my book! :D I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

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