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Graceling

24 Ratings: 3.5
A young adult fantasy book by Kristin Cashore.

If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it? Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks … see full wiki

Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (October 1, 2008)
15 reviews about Graceling
review by . November 28, 2010
I loved this story, despite my issues with the audio version that I'll get to at the end of this review.   It was fairly easy for me to sink into Katsa's world from early on in the book, her feelings regarding her grace and what she was made to do with it, and how she saw herself as a person. I loved how her feelings changed after she met Po, and she started seeing things a little differently.   The romance between Katsa and Po was believable and not overdone imo. A lot …
Quick Tip by . August 06, 2010
An engaging young adult fantasy novel with an believable heroine.
Quick Tip by . August 04, 2010
Great new supernatural world by a new author. Try also "Fire," her other book. You can tell that they are Young Adult novels, but that's one of my favorite genres. There's a third coming out next spring, I think.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
This book is for someone who loves characters that have special differences.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
Enjoyed it until the last couple of chapters, which felt unnecessary to me. But over-all was good. Some really good moments.
review by . February 15, 2010
"Graceling" has been highly recommended to me by a number of people and so I have to say that I was stunned that I didn't find it to be the fantastic read that everyone else did. What makes this even harder to understand is that I read Cashore's "Fire" first and quite liked it.    My first observation was that I was over 100 pages into the book before anything of note seemed to happen. Yes, there was the evil king, and there were the sidekicks, the introduction of the love interest, …
review by . May 06, 2009
Graceling
Katsa's Grace (a special ability she possesses that is indicated by the dual color of her eyes) rules her entire life. She is Graced with the ability to kill, and is forced to be her corrupt uncle's assassin. Discontent with her life and her actions, she begins the Council, whose mission is to aid and protect citizens from their power hungry and sometimes ruthless leaders. It is while she is on a mission for the Council that Katsa rescues Prince Tealiff, the elderly father of the Lienid king, who …
review by . July 05, 2009
I fully admit to picking this book up for the gorgeous cover originally. Then I placed in my pile of TBR and forgot about it for a few weeks. I picked it up again this past week and read straight through it in two nights. The story moves along, each new plot thread blending with the previous ones so that you're not certain when (or if) something ended.    The book itself is divided into two parts. Part One, 'The Lady Killer', focuses mainly on establishing our main character …
review by . April 26, 2009
Katsa's Grace (a special ability she possesses that is indicated by the dual color of her eyes) rules her entire life. She is Graced with the ability to kill, and is forced to be her corrupt uncle's assassin. Discontent with her life and her actions, she begins the Council, whose mission is to aid and protect citizens from their power hungry and sometimes ruthless leaders. It is while she is on a mission for the Council that Katsa rescues Prince Tealiff, the elderly father of the Lienid king, who …
review by . March 08, 2009
Feel free to ignore my opinion as I didn't make it past page eleven before returning this book to the library. I picked it up because a friend recommended it and the idea sounded interesting. However, I have a thing for believability even in my fantasy novels.    First, the fight scenes aren't very realistic. (One of the very first fight moves the heroine does don't sound possible to do as described...at least, not without getting a leg cut off.)    Second, …
review by . March 02, 2009
"'I don't kill men who steal three acres of lumber from the king', she said, 'and then pay for it dearly in gold. It's more the sort of crime that warrants a broken arm or the removal of a finger.' She moved toward him and pulled the dagger from its sheath. He breathed slowly, staring at the eggs and fruit on his plate. She wondered if he would vomit or begin to sob. But then he moved his plate to the side, and his overturned glass and his silver. He stretched his arms onto the table before him. …
review by . January 13, 2009
Graceling is not a classic, but it did keep me up into the wee hours reading it the other night. I couldn't sleep, and this book was an excellent companion.    This novel can't compare to more involved "adult" fantasy (think Tolkien or Tad Williams) but it is entertaining and the characters interested me. The premise of the "graces" (a magical skill that could take any form) is a good one, and I like that they have differently colored eyes that set them apart from the normals. …
review by . December 20, 2008
Graceling is not the usual type of book that I read, therefore I started it with some hesitation. I usually like my fiction to be set in the present day and Graceling is a fantasy type book!    I am sooo happy that I did decide to read this book. While it is aimed at a YA audience, I am far from a YA and I absolutely enjoyed it. The main premise is of a young girl by the name of Katsa who has "grace" that is she has special strength and skills which are used by her uncle - the …
review by . August 11, 2008
In the land of seven kingdoms, a small percentage of people are born with a power to do or perceive things that normal people do not. Such powers are called graces and those with it are known as gracelings. When a graceling is born, their eyes having different colors easily identifies them, but the actual nature of their grace is unknown until they get older and exhibit it. Quite naturally, normal people have a fearful reaction to a graceling, as their power can be very strong.   Katsa …
review by . July 30, 2008
What a delight to find a an author who can create a quality young adult fantasy world with an engaging main character. (Graceling is published by Harcourt's Children Books division)     The magic in this story comes through a few individuals, gracelings, who are born with a supernatural ability to do something. Katsa, the teenage protagonist of this story has a "grace" in the martial arts, which she unfortunately found out about when she was eight, by killing her distant cousin. …
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