Sunday, March 14, 2010

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 480 pages

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.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

This book was excellent. It managed to take a kind of world that has been written several times—the high fantasy, medieval-esque type of invented location—and breathe new life into it. Katsa’s actions as a bully for the king make her an interesting and new type of character, and her internal struggles are wonderful to read. She has depth, and she hates herself sometimes, and she gets confused about the decisions she has to make. And she’s powerful.

The romance was sweet, and though it was a bit predictable in the way it developed, I really enjoyed seeing Katsa and Po around each other. They really understood each other while at the same time staying true to what their characters were built up to be.

The actual plot was exciting and unexpected as well. It kept me enthralled the entire time, and I found myself practically shouting at the book. When I’m that emotionally involved, I know I’ve hit on an excellent book. If you enjoy fantasy novels in general, you will love Graceling.

1 comment:

  1. I've got this one on hold at my library. Can't wait to read it now!