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.
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.
Graceling was the first book of the Seven Kingdoms series that I read. I was pleasantly surprised by the awesome characters, exciting plot and unexpected twists. Kristin Cashore created a action packed tale about a fierce yet vulnerable heroine. The idea of a Graceling is new and refreshing, although not unheard of to have special and unique skills in other fantasy books, the different coloured eyes to show their Grace is something I'd never heard of before.
Katsa is one of the best heroines out there, her strength and determination is something to be admired. I loved Cashore's characters, from the mysterious Po to the healer Prince Raffin who has a brute for a father. The mystery that is to be solved in this story is brilliant and not very predictable. While they journeyed to find the answer to their query, Katsa and Po also learn more about their unique Graces.
This book had just the right amount of romance, adventure, action and mystery for me. The ending was bittersweet and broke my heart, yet I can't utter a single complaint. I loved reading this book and will always treasure it. Cashore created a fantasy world that would not soon be forgotten.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars