Published by Harcourt on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Source: Book Swim
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.
Recently I finished Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
I admit to wanting to read this book because I had heard it was similar to Hunger Games. And it is set in a dystopia, and the main character’s names are quite similar (Katsa in Graceling, Katniss in HG), but that’s the only real connection. It took me awhile to get into Graceling, although I really enjoyed it. Katsa’s character, at first, was hard to relate too. She seemed very immature, but the plot and other characters kept me interested. As the book progressed, so did Katsa, she had a genuine character arc. As for the lead male character, Po was near perfect. The best thing about their love was that neither took anything away from the other, but instead enhanced one another. That’s how real love (should) works. I enjoyed the minor characters, would have loved to see them even more. I think Cashore created a very intriguing world, and look forward to reading her other books.
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