This is a spoiler free review
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publication Date: 1st October 2008
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…
THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS
This is the first book in the Graceling Realm and it is one of my all time favourite books.
The plot line is fast paced and it is set around the mystery. This makes you intrigued from the first page of what is actually happening and why. I would also like to point out that this book has a map! I love maps, you get to see where everything is and really appreciate the distances the characters have to travel.
Then we have Katsa, the Lady killer, enforcer for her uncle, the King. She is a complicated character (which I love) because even though she has a nearly unbeatable grace, Katsa is a very insecure and scared person.
Although she doesn’t have any immediate family, she has created one for herself. There is her cousin Raffin, who the King refuses to talk to because he accidentally dyed his hair blue looking for a cure for headaches. He is defineltly my favourite of the secondary characters. Helda is also really sweet, she voluntarily because the handmaiden to Kata, even when the rest of the servants and court refused to look even look her in the eyes. There is also Oll, the spymaster and Gideon, an under lord.
The male lead in the novel is Po. As the seventh son to the King of Lienid he has no chance to the throne and therefore is content to live a quite life, travelling the seven kingdoms. Although Po is strong, he is not arrogant about his skills or strength and is willing to accept that a women (Katsa) is a better fighter than him. He is also willing to accept Katsa as she is, and doesn’t force her to change. Which is how I prefer romantic interests in book to be.
Overall, this book is amazing. I love the fact that there is a mystery that needs to be solved, so I couldn’t put the book down. Katsa is also a great main female characters, with insecurities like the rest of us.
I said this book is amazing at least twice now, are we really surprised I gave Graceling five stars?
What book do you love to re-read?