Author: Kristin Cashore
Published: October 2008 by Harcourt Children’s Books
Description: 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.
I Give This Book 5 Stars!
I have to be honest in saying that I felt Graceling started out a little slow. But, the story builds very quickly until you feel like the book is going at breakneck speed towards the end. I was fascinated by the idea of the Gracelings. Gracelings are people born with rare talents and can be distinguished from regular people by their different colored eyes. The lead character Katsa is one of them. Her grace is killing people. As she struggles with her Grace, her Uncle’s command of her, and her own thoughts of who she really is, she discovers that she is more than what everyone sees. She does this with the help of Po, a Graceling Prince. Po is a wonderful male lead character who is willing to sacrifice everything for Katsa. I was riveted by their developing relationship. But, the story isn’t all about finding who you are and romance. The action takes your breathe away. Katsa and Po must save a young princess whose father is hiding something that no one will believe.