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Thursday, January 27, 2011

REVIEW: Graceling by Kristin Cashore


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 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.

About the Author

KRISTIN CASHORE is a freelance educational writer who writes content for textbooks and teacher editions, as well as book reviews for The Horn Book Guide and other publications. Kristin received her master's degree in children's literature in 2003 from Simmons College, where she worked with Liza Ketchum and was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia; Reprint edition (September 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547258305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547258300


Read in August, 2009

I really enjoyed the meat of this story. Once I got past the world building and really descriptive parts, the basis of everything is just perfect for a page-turner. I liked all of the characters and really hope the story is continued. This is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys detailed books of fantasy but based somewhat in our reality. I can see where this would make a wonderful movie.
The story of Katsa and Po is the best sort of new fairy tales that are available today. Katsa is a strong female point of view and the fact that she is the warrior just puts a great spin on the princess gets her prince. There are some sexual references in the book, so it is best kept to older teens. 


  1. This is absolutely a favorite of mine. I think it's a new flavor of fairytale and it's totally amazing. CANNOT wait for Bitterblue to come out :)

  2. I just finished this yesterday...I need to write my review!


  3. Glad to hear you liked the book. I loved this book, it was so interesting I couldn't stop reading. :D I'm so excited for Bitterblue!



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