Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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.

I'd heard nothing but amazing things about this book, so when I first picked it up I was a little confused. It started out right in the middle of the story, and drops me in the middle of all of these kings, places, people, and Graces. Once I got it though, WOW. The world is so rich, and so awesomely thought out. The story was a little predictable for me (with the exception of one or two plot twists) but it was so beautifully written and planned that I didn't care. The concept of Graces is great, although it could have been utilized more, I think. That's just a personal opinion though. I wholly recommend Graceling if you like fantasy and awesomeness. 



  1. I thought it was okaaaaaaaay nothing spectacular. I think Cashore needs to decide if she is using modern or old English and wtf is up with the name Po? Kung Fu Panda anyone?

  2. I do agree with the modern/old English thing, but Po didn't bother me. (I haven't seen Kung Fu Panda)

  3. It seems like the pros outweigh the cons. I'll keep it on my wish list. I keep reading good things about it.



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