The novel, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, plunges you into the Graceling Realm.
Katsa possesses a deadly grace. She is a Graceling. A person blessed–or cursed–with a special skill. Katsa’s grace: an ability to easily kill.
In the kingdom of Middelun, Katsa is niece to the king. But she doesn’t live a luxurious life. Instead, she provides a threat for Randa, the king, to use against his enemies. Since she was little, Randa has had Katsa trained in combat, but avoids her. Randa does have tasks for Katsa though. Tasks that include violence and pain for his enemies.
One night, Katsa encounters a stranger on a mission of her own doing. The stranger stands in her way, but is uneasy to defeat in combat. This is a first for Katsa. Eventually, Katsa knocks the stranger unconscious. Victorious, she proceeds to a foreign kingdom’s dungeons to rescue Tealiff, an elderly royal grandfather of Lienid.
Back home, it becomes clear that the kingdom who held Tealiff was not responsible for his kidnapping. Then the stranger, the one Katsa knocked unconscious, appears. Slowly, cautiously, Katsa unknowingly befriends this stranger, a Graceling like her. Together Katsa and the stranger embark on a quest to discover who kidnapped Tealiff. Through surprisng revelations, lies, and graces, they suceed and unravel the most hidden treachery in the Seven Kingdoms…with a high price.
This book was a page-turner. There was only part I’d skip (if you’re not a fan of intense romantic scenes): Chapter 20, which is from pages 235 to 244. I liked Katsa’s fiery, independent, and strong personality. I especially loved the part where Katsa refused to do her uncle’s bidding and broke free from his control and the main antagonist’s too. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspenseful fantasy books with strong female protagonists who are good at surviving in any condition.
Rating: Read It!
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