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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

March 22nd, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Source: Won a copy in a giveaway and also bought a copy

Publication date: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for years and despite hearing rave reviews about it I just never picked it up to read.  I even made it part of my Books on My Shelf That I Will Read in 2012 to make sure that I would get to it and I can finally say I did it!  It may have taken me years to get to it but I loved it and immediately wanted to jump into reading Fire.  I was warned to take a break between the two as they come across as similar stories just with different characters.

I love fantasy books and the world Kristin Cashore built was amazing.  I loved seeing the contrast in how Gracelings are viewed across the different kingdoms and watching Katsa begin to blossom as she realizes she’s not the stupid, horrible person her uncle and those around her made her feel.  She was that perfect blend of strength and vulnerability that will make the reader fall in love with her and empathize with her as she embarks on her journey to find out who she really is and what her grace truly is.    As for Po, I simply adored him!  I can’t even put into words how much I enjoyed his character.  He’s sexy, deadly and confident enough in himself that he doesn’t feel threatened when Katsa’s skills surpass his own in some areas.  So different from the male characters who have their egos bruised when they get their butts kicked.

The story itself is filled with action and adventure as Katsa and Po are on the hunt to find out who kidnapped Po’s grandfather and why.  I could not read the pages of this book fast enough and when I got to the end I wanted to read more about Katsa and Po so badly.  So you can imagine my disappointment when I found out Fire was about a new set of characters.  BUT when I attended my first in person book club meeting everything was happy again when they handed out ARCs of Bitterblue as our first book club read!!!  I cannot wait to dive into it although I have to ask, who in the world would name their child Bitterblue?  I mean how much more depressing can you get?  It seems like the child is thought of as bitter or depressed. That’s beside the point though, if you are like me and have kept putting off reading this book stop and go pick up a copy right now. You won’t regret it.

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I am so glad you enjoyed this! I loved it back when I read it and cannot wait for Bitterblue!

  2. Elin

    Good you enoy it. I have never read this book. Love the cover:)

  3. Sheila (Book Journey)

    Nice rating! I need to move this one up the TBR

  4. Bookworm1858

    A. So jealous you got an ARC of Bitterblue!

    B. It’s super exciting that you got to read this-I love this book SO much and have been so excited to see bloggers tackle it in anticipation of Bitterblue. I just love almost everything about this book and this world and Cashore’s writing.

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