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ISBN13: 9780547258300
ISBN10: 0547258305
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Cora, July 30, 2014 (view all comments by Cora)
In Kristin Cashore’s YA fantasy book Graceling, certain people (those with two different colored eyes) are blessed or cursed, as the case may be, with superpower gifts. These gifts could be anything from cooking to killing people. Because their eyes give them away, it’s a little hard to hide who is graced and who is not.

Katsa’s grace is killing, which she discovers at age eight when she accidentally kills a man.

Her uncle, the king, takes advantage of her gift for his own purposes. Belittling and criticizing her, the king keeps her in submission by continually unbalancing her with self-doubt. He intimidates and strips of her self-confidence.

She becomes one of his thug enforcers, bullying, hurting, and sometimes killing on his command. It turns out she's good at intimidating and hurting people, but she hates her uncle and the things he makes her do.

She isn't weak or submissive. Her secret rebellion is to start an underground organization that works to help those in need. People through the land are involved in this growing organization

When she meets Prince Po, also a graceling, a friendship develops between them, and she finds the courage to stand up to her uncle and leave his court. She and Po take off on an adventure.

Powerful Characters:

Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is the characterization.

Katsa is a strong female character, riddled with insecurities. Because she is feared and shunned by most people, she has few friends. She questions her place in the world and longs to be out from under her uncle's control. She also uses her power to help people in need. She’s a young adult trying to find her way in a confusing, violent world.

When she meets Prince Po, she finds someone who is her equal and her opposite. While she is serious, shunned, and feared, he is beloved, easygoing, charming, and playful.

Fast Paced, Engaging, and a Plot Bump:

I got into this book very quickly and was immediately engaged with the fantasy world, the characters, and the plot. Until near the end when the plot derails and takes a tangent direction, I found the pacing excellent.

The story begins as an adventure/quest story with a love story (subplot). However, after the climax of the quest story, instead of wrapping up, the novel begins another new storyline and becomes a romance novel with too many chapters devoted to a new plot.

I found myself becoming annoyed. I felt tricked and cheated because the new storyline was interesting and complex, but the problem was solved too easily and conveniently--a too quick solution to a complex problem. The new story would have been a perfect beginning or subplot for the second book, or it could have been introduced and addressed before the climax of the main storyline.

A Word About Violence:

We live in an excessively violent society, and this book in many ways reflects this. Often our nation's first response to a problem is violence. This scenario plays out in books and movies as well as on the nightly news. Then we are shocked and wonder why our children use violence to solve problems.

One of the things I liked about this story is that Katsa grapples with the horror and impact of her grace. The negative effects of using violence isn't sidestepped. The graphic violence raises questions about humanity and human interactions as well as the effects of violence on personal and psychological levels.

As the story unfolds, a reader begins to realize that compassion, courage, gentleness, and love are far more powerful behaviors than violence.

Audio Version:

I listened to the Audible version of the this book and wanted to give a two thumbs up for the production. Most audio books are read by a narrator, and I enjoy those books. This one is performed. There is a central narrator as well as separate voices for various characters. The Audible’s version is an excellent production. If you listen to audio books, I recommend this one.


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MS Teacher , August 4, 2012 (view all comments by MS Teacher )
I read this book as a middle school teacher, but also as a lover of the fantasy genre. It was excellent! There was something for everyone, action, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown in. I would highly recommend this to any lover of YA fantasy.
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Ultimate_Bookworm, May 13, 2012 (view all comments by Ultimate_Bookworm)
From the minute I opened the cover, I could not put this book down. Kristin Cashore's writing contrasts to regular, YA novels in the fact that hers means something, is true and deep to the very heart of writing. She puts another perspective on fantasy entirely-- a better respective, may I add-- and brings to light prevalent topics of today in a completely different world. This continues to the two other novels Kristin Cashore has written, which get progressively better, if such a thing is possible. Everyone who has read Gracleing will agree that it is creative to the extreme, and deserves to be read, whether or not you are a YA or Fantasy enthusiast. You will ADORE it anyway!
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nem, September 23, 2011 (view all comments by nem)
I was pleasantly surprised at this wonderful first book in Kristin Cashore's series! The world she creates is so unique and original; I loved every second of it. I definitely recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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bookgirl94, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
I was amazed at how good this was, I was completely swept into the story and the world described in the book. I have always loved fantasy and this is by far one of my favorites. I couldn't stop reading this and when I heard there was a companion to this I read that just as fast. Overall this was an excellent book filled with adventure, romance, and captivating characters! It's such a creative story of a magical world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547258300
Author:
Cashore, Kristin
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Nightshade
Publication Date:
20090907
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 480 pages HMH Books for Young Readers - English 9780547258300 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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 kings 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.

"Synopsis" by , With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, a debut author creates a mesmerizing medieval world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that is sure to captivate readers.
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