Series: Graceling Realm #1
Published by Harcourt Children's Books on October 1st 2008
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, and in her case horrifying, 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.
Short & Sweet: Graceling completely blew me away. The characters, the world, the plot… all of it was pure magic. Ms. Cashore and her world are unique in a way that surprised me. It was full-bodied and complex, but not difficult to understand or follow. Readers are presented with an elaborate tale that is easy to get swept away in. And that is only part of what makes Graceling so unforgettable.
Final Verdict: Graceling is an astounding read. One that I wish I had not put off for so long. It is a breathtaking world filled with fantastic characters, romance, and plenty of adventure. You will not want to miss this fantastic tale.