Cashore, Kristin

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 015206396X
Characteristics: 471 p. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 24, 2015

Krisitin Cashore develops intriguing characters and is not afraid to broach subjects of a more serious nature. This fast paced novel follows a powerful heroine on her path of self-discovery. With adventure, romance, magic, mystery, and politics it has a little bit of everything. Cashore balances her subjects so the reader is launched into Katsa’s world, face to face with the manipulative self-centered rulers, and the injustices across the Seven Kingdoms. Although Katsa is Graced, she is relatable and realistic, and although some readers may dislike Katsa’s views on sex and marriage her views are befitting to her character. Kristin Cashore has a vivid imagination and a strong voice. This is a great book for someone who is looking for adventure, romance, and a little something else.

Mar 22, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_MarthaW rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This one has been on my to-read list for years, and now that I've read it I can't believe I waited this long. This is lovely, lovely YA fantasy, featuring a memorable and fully-realized world; Katsa, a strong female protagonist with a gift for killing; and a male love interest who does not attempt to diminish Katsa's strength for the sake of their relationship. The writing is beautiful, the relationships are subtle and well-developed, and the gender politics are what all YA should strive towards. Highly recommended.

Feb 09, 2015
  • foxylady31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As an adult I have to admit I truly enjoy MOST YA books and stories. They get down to the story more fully and have the fantasy and imagination that seems to disappear as as people grow and have to deal with reality more fully...
That is life--- however the book Graceling is a compelling story of young adults taking charge of the changes coming into their lives as they grow and have to face reality and are making choices and choices. It is well written and the romance is subtle . The intregue and excitement are well presented. I would recommend this book.. I did enjoy it.

Dec 15, 2014
  • AdrienneCPL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this is the most I recommend Most often.. to Most people... so that says a lot right? If you liked the Hunger games you might also check out Graceling by Kirstin Cashore and the companion novel Fire - both gripping all night reads. In Graceling if a person is born with 2 different coloured eyes they are "graced" with a special gift or ability that becomes aparrent as they mature. When Katsa discovers that she is graced with killing she becomes a pawn used by her uncle, the king. Katsa, however, has other ideas about how she wants to live her life and a gripping suspense/romance novel ensues.

Dec 12, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great YF adventure, with a memorable protagonist who must learn that her special talents are what they first appear to be. Thoughtful and entertaining for both young and not-so-young audiences.

Oct 29, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore awhile ago, but it is a favorite. I like young adult books because they’ve got something for everyone and Graceling does not disappoint. The book follows Katsa, a young, intelligent woman with a special talent. It Katsa’s world, these people are called Gracelings. They might be the greatest baker, the fastest runner,….or in Katsa’s case the deadliest assassin. Because these talents or graces appear without warning Gracelings are feared and deemed outcasts. Katsa, however, also happens to be the niece of the King and so her talents are put to pretty specific purposes, while she grapples with her own nature. Cashore creates a fantasy world complete with magic, court intrigues, spies, adventure, and of course a little bit a love. I loved this book for its strong heroine, it’s fast-pace, and I’m especially a sucker for a series. The second book in Cashore’s trilogy is titled Fire, and third is Bitterblue.

Oct 20, 2014

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Sep 18, 2014

It was a really good book, however I stopped reading it and the series, I kinda gave up on it because of the romance. Do not get me wrong, it was a great book, however I would not recommend it to those of you who are like me, and cannot stand too much romance in the story. I felt a little overwhelmed, but it was well written so I would rate this book a 4 for writing and style and 4 for interest, but for people like me, I'd rate it a 3. So all in all, my rating is 3 and a half.

Sep 14, 2014
  • BBurnett rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

as an adult reading YA, I thought this book, was quite well written. I liked the main character, Katsa, though she is a bit naive, in terms of relationships. She does mature, and grow. Po is an interesting character, Bitterblue also, and I look forward to reading her story, the next in the series.
Fantasy, adventure, a strong female hero, travel all made me want to keep reading.

Sep 08, 2014
  • PamelaMemmott rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the unique fantastical elements of the book, but didn't find the characters provided much to connect to. I am an adult reading YA fiction though, so I'm perhaps a bit more picky.

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Dec 18, 2014
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Jun 25, 2014
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Jun 20, 2014

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.

Feb 21, 2013

Other: TO COUGES thank you for your warning i appreciate it a lot

Feb 21, 2013

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!

Jun 25, 2012
  • Ace_E360 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 17, 2011
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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Jun 25, 2014

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.

Apr 10, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 02, 2012

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.

Jan 03, 2011
  • bluesmurf08 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.


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Mar 28, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 28, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 06, 2012
  • makemegorgeous123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I'm not going to wear a red dress," she said.
"It would look stunning, My Lady," she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. "If there's anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I'll hit him in the face.”

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