Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

About Graceling

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.

Source: Goodreads


This book was very interesting and it was nice to read some fantasy again.
The writing was good, the world was though trough, the characters where lovable and the plot was very good.
I like the idea of some people having been born with a grace, people with a special gift for something.
I really felt like I understood Katsa in many of her problems and challenges and it was believable that she acted the way she did in her situation and made the decisions she did.
I enjoyed the books focus on love and friendship and how Katsa gets stronger and grows when she realise how important these things are for her. She learns to care for other people and open up a part of herself to another person.
The big plot in the book is about power. Who has the most power and how do you use the power you have been given.
A thing I was not so fond of was the ending, it did not end the way I had hoped it would. After reading the end I sat there with this feeling that I wanted a little more from the book.
I thought this book was a good book and I recommend it to people who like fantasy and a good adventure. It reminded me a little of Tamora Pierce’s books and I love those with there strong main character and a lot of magic.

I give Graceling 4 out of 5.

Next in the series:

2# Fire

3# Bitterblue (Expected release September 15th 2011)


Demitria said...

I really liked this book, but I love Fire. Can't wait for Bitterblue.

Mysteriousrose said...

I'm very excited to read Fire and Bitterblue when it comes:-)

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