Author: Kristin Cashore
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight shes 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 kings 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 Pos 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.
Gracelings are people with eyes that are two different colours. They all have some special ability, ranging from being able to consume rocks to being an excellent fighter. Katsa is one of the Graced. Though her uncle, the king of one of the seven kingdoms, continuously repeats that she is a heartless killer, Katsa finds herself with the urge to help people. However, one day, she finds herself in the middle of a much larger predicament that she could have ever imagined. As she and Po venture to unlock the mysteries of another king, they find themselves facing something bigger than they had ever thought was possible.
This book was captivating. The concept was intriguing and new (well, I’ve never heard of anything like this before). I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Her character development was excellent, and Cashore devoted a lot of the book to creating relationships and displaying how the characters were with each other, while still being able to keep the plot on track and intact. There wasn’t anything that really distracts the reader from the plot and remembering what Katsa and Po are actually trying to achieve. There were sweet parts, violent parts, and it was just amazing. Well written, and unique, I loved it (: ! Filled with romance, action, mystery, and self fulfillment, this books captured my absolute attention. I only put it down to eat, and even then I was itching to keep reading ~
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.12/5
“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”
-Katsa and her maid… of sorts… (forgot her name, haha)
“What are you grinning at?” Katsa demanded for the third or fourth time. “Is the ceiling about to cave in on my head or something? You look like we’re both on the verge of an enormous joke.”
“Katsa, only you would consider the collapse of the ceiling a good joke.”
-Katsa and Po
“It seems better to me for a child to have these skills and never use them, than not have them and one day need them,” she said.