Hardcover: 471 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
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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.Kristin Cashore is a very good writer, with an explosive imagination. If you've read my reviews in the past, you know how I love a good kick-butt female lead role. Well Katsa is going on that list, pretty much close to the top! Katsa was a great lead character in Graceling and I'm sure Cashore had a lot of fun creating her character. Andye told me to read Graceling, because it's one of her favorite books. Andye gushes and gushes until I give in a say... YES! I liked Graceling, I enjoyed reading it. However, I didn't absolutely love it like Andye. Let me just say, that I got some heat from a few Twitter followers, because I didn't love Graceling. But C'mon now, just because I only liked it doesn't make me crazzzzy!
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.
Katsa was a great character, as I've already pointed out. Po was wonderful, but it took me a while to fall for him. It was Bitterblue that stole my heart. She was so small and sweet. Brave but terrified. Quiet yet bold. Bitterblue was the center of my attention. As for Katsa and Po, I just felt like (at first) Katsa could be quite a bully. Po never could really tell her how he felt because she might rip his head off. She punched him square in the jaw, at one point, and I wanted to strangle her. Katsa had to grow on me, I started to like her when I saw how much she cared for Bitterblue. Katsa actually had a caring/sensitive side to her. She would have given her life to make sure Bitterblue was safe! She almost did at some points in the book. Katsa's courage alone was worth reading this book for. Po was a breath of fresh air to read about. He was caring, sensitive and funny. I just wished he would of stood up more to Katsa, but then again he might would have lost his life. In the end Katsa and Po were perfect together. The struggles and accomplishments that both of them went through together and apart was comforting to read about. I was very pleased with the end.
Graceling was set in a very adventurous world. Full of action, adventure, romance and one very evil King. A world with kingdoms and castles, ships that sail across the ocean, Kings and Queens, Prince and Princesses. I would definitely recommend reading Graceling, just so you can go on and read it's companion Fire and then Bitterblue! Andye says that I will most likely love Fire, (companion to Graceling) so we will see. I'll let you know the outcome soon!
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