Released: October 1, 2008
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Rate: 5/5 stars
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 . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
To be honest, I have been putting of reading this book for quite some time. But then I finally got to it. Cashore's writing in this book is amazing. I absoutley love the whole story line, and characters.
To start off with the plot. WOW. That's all I can say. It is amazing. There are some people that are graced, in the seven kingdoms. This book is truly high fantasy, and I loved it. That characters. Cashore made some unforgettable characters. Katsa. I loved her she was a fantastic protagonist. She was such a kick A heroine, and I loved it. Po Po Po. I loved him as well. I loved him because her wasn't embarrassed to tell Katsa or any one else for that matter, that Katsa could beat him, he said he was humbled. He wasn't afraid of being beat by a girl. I loved him! All the supporting characters were amazing also.
With all of that being said, I would definetley recommend this book to everyone. It is a high fantasy novel, and it is just amazing. Loved it. I can't wait to read the companion novel Fire by Kristen Cashore.