Review – “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms, #1)Graceling by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some people have special abilities, called Graces. The main character of this book is Katsa, who is Graced with killing. Her uncle, the King, uses Katsa to punish and threaten those who oppose or insult him. Katsa is a strong female character that has no control over her life and tenuous control over her temper, a dangerous thing for someone Graced with killing. There is another side to Katsa though, she created a group that carries out surreptitious missions to right wrongs that have been perpetrated in the seven kingdoms. With the introduction of Po, who is Graced with fighting, Katsa begins to make discoveries about herself and those around her that lead to some big changes in her life.

I really enjoyed this book. I learned that there is a ‘prequel-ish’ (the authors word) out called Fire, and a sequel in the works called Bitterblue, both I look forward to reading. The novel’s pace is very good, it doesn’t gloss over events that the reader wants/needs to know about and never lags so that one is tempted to skim until something happens. The book is also pretty humorous, I smiled, chuckled, and laughed throughout the book. This is a function of the dialogue, it is realistic and snappy and rarely cliché. A great story of discovering hidden strength when faced with physical and moral challenges.

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