Books | Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Discover the Graceling Realm in this unforgettable, award-winning novel from bestselling author Kristin Cashore.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" (New York Times Book Review) with "a knee weakening romance" (Los Angeles 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.And don't miss the sequel, Fire, and companion, Bitterblue, both award-winning New York Times bestsellers featuring Kristin Cashore's elegant, evocative prose and unforgettable characters. ALA Best Book for Young AdultsMythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature WinnerPublishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and BCCB Best Book of the Year
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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"I read this back when it came out but I couldn't remember anything except generally enjoying it so I got the audiobook. The writing, specifically the character dialogue is... Weird. But once you get past that I think you end up with a solid fantasy with a classically slow start. I've heard that Katsa is whiny, and she is, but she is also discovering herself, the world, and what she wants to do. I think this book does great as a standalone but I'm excited to read the rest of the series!"
"This is one of my all time favorite books!!! I love the story line and the characters! It’s only fault is that the other books after it are not still based around the main 2 characters which you fall in love with!! Other than that the world is amazing and the story is captivating and a page turner! "
"I had just entered that realm again where for the life of me I couldn't get emotionally invested in reading. Maybe I have read too much, maybe I need a break from this all together. And then Graceling came along and reminded me I just wasn't reading the right sort of books.<br/><br/>The world building was great and oh the traveling. One of my favorite things. "Diversity of adventure" that's what I shall call it. The rolling hills, snowy mountains, and sailing on the sea. There was a little something for everyone here. Even the new book cover was gorgeous though it makes the books seem middle grade so I was quite surprised to get such an adult story. Though all of these things were great, the complex characters are what sold it for me.<br/><br/>Katsa was unnervingly relatable. I got Aelin Galathynius vibes from her albeit a sweeter and more generous version. Katsa was one of those people who could run off into the wild and live forever on her own. Though she doesn't need friends to survive Katsa would be surrounded by them none the less. Humans are always drawn to honest people like herself. She, although self-sufficient and strong, wouldn't hesitate to do the right thing and help others. And I love Katsa all the more for it.<br/><br/>“I’m going to name my firstborn child after you.” Katsa laughed at that.<br/>“For the child’s sake, wait for a girl. Or even better, wait until all your children are older and give my name to whichever is the most troublesome and obstinate.”<br/><br/>Po is so very uplifting and humble to Katsa's fire. Almost like they were made for one another. Also Po seems much wiser than his years. He honestly was just a breath of fresh air, you don't run across many of his like. Po was calm collected, never would he fight out of anger and hate. And even though Katsa was so much stronger than he, Po certainly wouldn't resent her for it. And yet this made him even more heroic. Honestly I had to shake my head from time to time. Why don't Authors create more men like this instead of broody and insulting brutes.<br/><br/>The outflow of honesty from Katsa and Po was overwhelming and unique. The romance felt so natural and earthy it made my heart ache. Watching these two creatures grappling in the moonlight laying on silver blades of grass was breathtaking. Drawn to one another so completely. Also, I loved the Author for this, Kristin Cashore didn't yell out "These characters are virgins waiting for there one true love!" She just shows you a blush and let's the reader decide for themselves. THANK YOU! Often authors seem to think their readers incompetent. Leaving room for readers to come to our own conclusions makes the story unique for everyone.<br/><br/>The family dynamics were so lovely to read about. Bitterblue treating Katsa like an older sister warmed my heart. I got to a point when I realized my cheeks were sore because apparently I had been stupidly grinning while reading. This is my first story from this author and I am in love with the writing style so obviously I will be looking to expand my collection of her works. Also Kristin Cashore's "Afterwards" was very inspiring and made me feel proud to be a reader and even more appreciative to have read her book."