Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Also reviewed by Mindy and Kari.

Summary: In a world where people born with an extreme skill--called a Grace--are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she meets Prince Po, who is 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 back of book - image from

My Review: I started this book a few months ago and was not able to get into it. I am not sure why, but it was not a good time. Finally I picked it up again, I am glad I gave it a second chance.

Katsa is a young girl who has been cursed with a "Grace". Where some people have a Grace for mind reading, sewing, or healing, she is Graced with killing. Katsa is used by her Uncle Randa, King of Randa City, as a tool for deal making and his own personal form of law enforcement.

One evening, rescuing a old old man from a neighboring kingdom, will set in motion a chain of events that will change her life forever. When she comes into contact and, later, friendship with a Lenid Prince, she learns to strengthen herself against the kings vile ways, but faces exile and a wonderfully exciting journey ensues.

This book is billed as young adult. I would say that, due to some violence and mature topics, it would only be appropriate for ages 15 plus. There is some talk about marriage that I have heard a lot of people find offensive. I thought that is was a key part of the story and tastefully done. A large part of the book is Katsa finding herself, who she is as a person and a woman, not as a slave to her uncle's whims. For reasons explained in the book she has some very valid concerns about committing herself to marriage. I feel that it adds depth and character to the story, without belittling the concept of traditional marriage.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Sum it up: A great adventure romance, with a twist of sci-fi......FUN!

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