GracelingPaperback - 2008
A New York Times bestseller
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Winner
Publishers Weekly , School Library Journal, Booklist, and BCCB Best Book of the Year
"Rageful, exhilarating, wistful in turns" ( The New York Times Book Review) with "a knee weakening romance" ( LA Times ). Graceling is a thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure that will resonate deeply with anyone trying to find their way in the world.
Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, who is smart and beautiful and lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa's Grace is killing. As the king's niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer. Until the day she meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, and Katsa's life begins 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 .
Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com's Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors' Choice, Booklist's 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List
And don't miss the sequel Fire and companion Bitterblue , both award-winning, New York Times bestsellers, and full of Kristin Cashore's elegant, evocative prose and unforgettable characters.
From the critics
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pink_butterfly_5661 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20
EmmaHong2006 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 16
RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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Or even better, wait until all your children are older and give my name to whichever is the most troublesome and obstinate.
"It seems better to me for a child to have these skills and never use them, than not have them and one day need them," she said.
Of course, if Po were here their difficulty of disguise would be multiplied manyfold; between his eyes and the rings in his ears, and his accent, and even his manner of carrying himself, he would need to wear a sack over his head to avoid drawing attention.
They sat together companionably, the child and the lion killer, listening to the wind that drove the snow outside their mountain cave.
He laughed. "I know you're teasing me. And you should know I'm not easily humiliated. You may hunt for my food, and pound me every time we fight, and protect me when we're attacked, if you like. I'll thank you for it."
"Your brothers are the foolish ones," Tealiff said, "for not seeing the strength in beautiful things..."
They would assume she was a boy, because in her plain trousers and hood she looked like one, and because when people were attacked it never occurred to anyone that it might have been a girl.
She cried like a person whose heart is broken and wondered how, when two people loved each other, there could be such a broken heart.
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Katsa, Graced with killing, is King Randa of the Middluns' pawn. She punishes anyone who disobeys the king. But she is tired of being a pawn, and when Tealiff, a Lienid prince, is mysteriously captured by King Murgon of Sunder, she realizes she may need the help of the young Lienid, Prince Po, to free herself from the king and figure out the mystery.
This book is set in a fantasy land, where there are people who are given special powers, recognizable by their two differently colored eyes. Graceling introduces you to Katsa, a young girl Graced with killing, who is used as a pawn by her uncle to kill and torture his enemies. When she meets Prince Po, Graced with fighting, it seems she's met someone who can match her skills. Now, things are just getting interesting. Join Katsa and Po on an epic adventure with a whole cast of memorable characters!
Katsa is born with two different coloured eyes. What does this mean for her future in the Seven Kingdoms? Katsa is battling enemies, herself and her feelings towards a new person in her life while she tries to save Tealiff from Lienid.
Katsa is Graced in the worst way possible. Born into a world where having two different colored eyes means that you are exceptionally gifted, or Graced, Katsa has spent her life navigating the Kings court to stay alive. This is made much more difficult because the King happens to be her uncle and she is Graced in killing. After being used as an enforcer since she was young, Katsa's path becomes more complicated when she meets a foreign Prince who ignites a fire in Katsa to fight back.
Graceling takes place in a fantasy world in which certain individuals are born with a "Grace"--a special talent or ability. Gracelings are identifiable by their eyes, which are two different colors. This story centers around a Graceling named Katsa, a teenage girl Graced with the gift of killing. Once her uncle, the nefarious King Randa, discovers her Grace, he uses her as his personal assassin. As you can imagine, all this killing and lack of freedom has made Katsa a bit jaded. Katsa joins forces with another Graceling, Prince Po, and the two of them set out on a journey to discover who kidnapped Po's grandfather. On the way, Katsa discovers new things about herself and about her Grace.
Katsa has a Grace - a special talent - but of all possible ones, hers is killing. Up until now, she has been used as a thug by her uncle, the king. Yet when she meets a mysterious graceling whose fighting skill matches hers, Katsa begins to realize her true Grace.
From the inside flap:
In a world where people born with an extreme skill, called a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skill, 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.
Sexual Content: The protagonist has sex with her boyfriend in this novel. It's not described in great detail, but it's described enough that I'd be uncomfortable giving this book to tweens and younger teens. It's unfortunate-- it's such a great book, and appropriate for younger audiences except for two short sex scenes.
Sexual Content: Ace_E360 SHUT YOUR MOUTH!! unless Katsa and Po are married their sleeping together is wrong and should not be promoted in any book. if someone wishes to warn others on that fact they have the right to do so!
Sexual Content: Couges: News flash: Katsa and Po are very committed, and the book presents marriage as being unsuited for the temperament of the characters. Nowhere does it promote marriage in general as undesirable. Also, (and here's the real news flash) life is riddled with pre-marital sex, and marriage is unnecessary. So I don't really see what you're complaining about.