I decided upon this book because Amazon told me I would like it. Seriously. How lame is that, yet how much more lame is it that I didn’t have anything else interesting to read so I bought it?!
The beginning of the book started out a bit strange. It’s a fantasy novel based on a 17 year old (you know I love my 17 year olds) who has been graced with a special talent. Her talent just so happens to be killing people.
So begins an interesting coming of age, finding herself story that I found myself completely engrossed in. It started out a bit slow, but that’s because Kristin Cashore is really defining her characters and making you know them and love them. I love it when authors do this, but then I hate it at the same time. Especially if this is a stand alone novel without a sequal or series to follow along with. (although I think she is going to keep going with this, but none are out now)
Here is the Amazon description:
If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?
Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.
Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.
So it’s an interesting story. An interesting world. Loved it!
5 out of 5 stars and totally recommend it.