Sep 11, 2009

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling  by Kristin Cashore
Graces are supposed to be gifts. How is the ability to fight extremely well and kill anything a gift? Katsa, a young, female warrior has pondered that very question for most of her life. Her uncle, the King, uses her as an enforcer and she has caused more pain than she cares to remember. There is no hiding her abilities because not only is she incapable of just not fulfilling her grace, but her eyes give her away. All gracelings have two different colored eyes.

Her unparalleled abilities are what allow her an escape. She is given a wide berth by many in the kingdom, so she is free to do as she pleases. She chose to create an alliance of local citizens who right wrongs and injustices committed by the King. During one such mission, rescuing an old man from prison, she meets a fellow graceling. Her mission and the graceling have more in common than she first realizes and soon she finds herself, along with some trusty side-kicks, on a quest to discover the plot behind the kidnapping of the imprisoned man.

An enthralling fusion of fantasy, adventure, and love, this debut novel is sure to capture your imagination. It’s a little bumpy towards the end, but still a fabulous piece of work for a first-time author.

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