Friday, December 10, 2010

Graceling - Kristin Cashore - 2008

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Year: 2008
Overall: * * * * * (5/5)

GoodReads blurb: 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, and in her case horrifying, 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.

Plot: * * * * *
Characters: * * * * 1/2
Stlye (writing style): * * * *

My Review: This was actually a reread for me. I read this for the first time in early 2009, and I think I waited just the right amount of time to read it a second time through, because somehow I had forgotten much of the plot. I remembered the basics about the characters, but I had forgotten the intricacies and small details of the characters and the land that makes up the 7 Kingdoms. I still love Katsa and Po so much, but upon a second reading, I realized how much I enjoyed the secondary characters. Raffin & Bann, Bitterblue, Ror & Skye. Cashore does such a great job of giving each character a unique voice, or sense of humor, just something that makes you forget that all of these characters came from the mind of one person. I really want to reread Fire now!

To Buy: Amazon

Currently reading: Matched by Ally Condie (2010)

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