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Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

Livre De Poche | June 22, 2011 | Trade Paperback | French

Graceling is rated 4.5185 out of 5 by 54.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 7.01 × 4.33 × 0.71 in

Published: June 22, 2011

Publisher: Livre De Poche

Language: French

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ISBN - 10: 2253157635

ISBN - 13: 9782253157632

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! A friend of mine introduced me to this series, and I'm so glad she did!!! I think it has to be one of the best series I have ever read! The world that Cashore created is so intricate, and as you read the next to books you will see how each kingdom intertwines. I could not put it down!! Now that I've finished this series, I'm finding it difficult to find another to read after that can even compare!
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Graceling was such a great book! It had adventure, action and romance. It was descriptive and interesting, I couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend this book :)
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing and unforgeable. Possibly one of the best book that I have ever read. This book had the tension and struggle I was looking for. The stuggle with either Katsa's own inner demon or with the wickedness from the ouside world, Cashore seems to be able to capture all of its magic with well trained hands and deliver. Katsa is "Graced." A Graceling is a person who is gifted in a certain skill and Katsa has probably one of the greatest Grace of it all. The Grace to kill. This book just flew by. I could not stop myself as the story deepens and Katsa is faced with many decisions and challanges. With the mysterious Po, Katsa is taken on this journey where her gifted Grace may not be able to save her. This magical book took me on a journey very much like Katsa's; decisions, decisions. It's 4am and there is school tomorrow. But this book is not letting me go off to bed. To read or not to read? Purely graceful.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling I would have much preferred to read Fire first but then again this book was the reason I bought the second and third novels Can't wait for another.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing high fantasy Where has this book been all my life? Ok maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit. I've had plenty of excellent high fantasy in my life. There's just something about high fantasy that gets me every time. But that doesn't diminsh how real and how deep my love for this book is. Kristin Cashore has created an amazing world within the pages of Graceling. It was so detailed! and she combined just enough elements from the real world to make it the believable. It never felt over the top or ridiculous. This is the type of world building I can only hope to aspire to one day if I ever get my butt in gear and write my fantasy novel. The world of the Seven Kingdoms come alive in my head when I was reading. And then there's Katsa. She's like the fantasy version of Katniss. Or maybe Katniss is the dystopian version of Katsa? Either way she's a kick ass heroine. She's strong, brave, and independent. She stands up for herself! I may have cheered out loud a few times, I was so proud of her. I also really liked her relationship with Po. It really felt like they were equal partners, which is definitely something you don't see enough of in YA novels. There isn't much more to add. This book is straight up amazing. Final recommendation: If you like fantasy or books with strong female characters this is a must read. Seriously, stop reading my blog and go check it out (and then come read my blog again). This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Fantasy books were my first love when it came to reading, and I grew up on stories bursting with mythology, knights, and princesses (my favourites were those that had characters who could be both a knight AND a princess). Nothing gets my heart pounding and the pages turning like a magical, adventurous fantasy novel! I first heard of Graceling immediately after reading The Hunger Games a few years ago - I kept getting recommendations for it, but for whatever reason I didn't pick it up until recently. Waiting to read this book until now was one of the biggest mistakes in my reading history! I'm convinced that Kristin Cashore is a genius and this book is proof of that. Reasons to Read: 1.A richly developed fantasy world: This is a must for good fantasy books; I need to buy into the magical world and the best ones have a well-established world with its own rules and norms, but with enough similarities that we can relate to them. Plus, I like books that include MAPS of the fantasy worlds. That's pretty legit for me. And the names of places, things and people should be vaguely familiar but not so overdone that they come off as silly and fake. Graceling easily avoids any and all of these issues and stands as one of a few YA fantasy books that works so well! 2.Familiar problems & issues: I don't think it's much of a secret that Graceling delves into some questions regarding the role of women within a society and the obstacles in their way as equal members of society. What may be surprising, however, is how WELL Kristin deals with this and successfully weaves it into the story. I wouldn't call it subtle, but it is oh-so poignant. Katsa is a bit of an anomoly in her world, where women are often mistreated and lack the means to protect themselves; but as she slowly begins to recognize how problematic this is and ultimately questions if she can do anything about it. It's striking, and resonates so well because of how familiar it is to us. 3.Katsa & Po's friendship: I love Katsa, and I love Po! Even separately, they were fantastic characters that I found amusing and amiable. But it's the way that they played off each other and slowly grew closer together that truly sold me on them as characters and their role in the story. Here's a couple you can't help but root for the whole way through; and most of all, I loved seeing a respectful male lead who wants to encourage the heroine and do everything he can to help her in the way she needs and respect her decisions. So, I've now joined the ranks of Graceling/Kristin Cashore fans. I'm KICKING myself for waiting this long to have read it, and I've moved on to Fire already :) Graceling is a thought-provoking and addictive read, one that will leaving you craving more. I could honestly say so much more about this one, but I'm going to save it for a spoiler-filled review, coming soon :) Perfect read for anyone looking for a heartbreaking, emotionally touching, thought provoking read. This one has a well-deserved new space on my favourites shelf; and I can't wait to finish off Fire and then get started on Bitterblue (as soon as I manage to get my hands on a copy)! Thoughts on the audio: A few people had told me that I must listen to Graceling on audio because it was good- and they were right (again. Clearly I have awesome people recommending books to me). This would actually be a perfect book to introduce a new listener to audiobooks because it's Full Cast, although you'll also be spoiled by it for other books. Full Cast is fantastic because it's such a great quality; there are multiple narrators, all of whom are excellent. Plus there's a little bit of background music at times that helps create a good atmosphere for listening to the story. Hands down, the best, most addictive audio book I've ever listened to. WELL worth the cost of buying it! If you're new to audiobooks, or just haven't given this one a try yet then I HIGHLY recommend that you pick it up. Like now.
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :D This is absolutely without a doubt my most favourite book of all time! It's the one book I don't mind reading over and over again. I love Kristin Cashore! She created a totally unique and brand new world where Katsa lives... and don't even get me started on Katsa! I love main characters who are all about girl power! Katsa takes this far beyond any other character I have read about (even Katniss!). My sister (who is also a book fanatic) and I always play a game where we choose one character from any book that we would love to live their story... and my choice is always Katsa. She is my hero!
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing Just about one of the best books ever. It is captivating and interesting and it has a unique story line that pulls you along. I have read it multiple times now, and I will read it again and again! I simple can't wait for bitter blue!
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply brilliant Simply written but has a deep story that leaves one feeling a new sense of empowerment. The story pulls you in right away and doesn't let you go until it is over. This is one that I have read over a few times and will read again many more.
Date published: 2011-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you hungry for more! A friend raved about this book so i thought i'd give it a try. I loved the Hunger games and this was probably a million times better! This book just gets you transfixed from the very beginning and you won't want to put it down. If you liked the hunger games then i'm almost positive you won't be sorry for reading Graceling! Graceling is extremely well written and you will fall in love with the characters instantly!
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling I found this book to be everything I expected. It was a page turner and a wonderful read. I highly sugest this book if you liked The Hunger Games serise. I found it competting with being better than The Hunger Games.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved iT I feel inloved with it right away! Katsa is an amazing young teen and Po (OMG) is overly handsome! Loved it!
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fiercely Marvelous Graceling is about a seventeen year old girl named Katsa who has the "gift" to kill people. And as the niece of a powerful King, her life is not as fabulous as it should be. Being the source of her uncles power, she was forced to do many horrible things. As she meets Prince Po, who is gifted with combative skills which to a point rival Katsa's own, to Katsa's surprise they become friends and allies. As the story progresses Katsa stumbles on a horrible truth which threatens everything in the world in which they live. This book held many great qualities. Each character was different in their own way and each had something great to offer to the story. The romance between the two characters jumps at you, making you feel what they feel, frustration, glee, woe, and the fervor that their heartwarming relationship brings about. At the same time the fighting and fierceness of each character pulls you along, making you feel their same determination, hope and strength that they foster. The turn of events that the book takes grabs your heart and stays with you, wishing that there was another based on the same characters to follow, sadly this is not the case. However still a great novel!
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a pretty good book. This was a pretty good book. The Majority of the book is travelling in the forest. Pretty much 90% of it is. I could picture the entire story as I read. Good outcome of events. I have never read a book like this and I really enjoyed it. The special abilities because of the change of the colour of their eyes was cool. The love in this book was very heartwarming. Loved it!!! I will definitely buy the second book.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great female heroine! Katsa is Graced with a special ability to kill. As a result, she’s used as a weapon by her King, a role that she does not want or enjoy. Eventually Katsa decides she will no longer be a pawn in a battle she doesn’t agree with, and begins to disobey the King’s orders. Then, on an unsanctioned mission she discovers a mysterious stranger in the night, and worries that by leaving him alive, she’s left herself in danger. But when this stranger shows up in her life again, they embark on a perilous mission in an effort to stop the greatest evil the 7 kingdoms have seen yet. Filled with interesting and original characters, and based on a very unique concept, Graceling is the first book in what looks to be an exciting fantasy series. Katsa is a strong heroine who struggles with her anger, but learns over the course of the novel to not let it form her decisions. She’s also strong in the literal sense. Her Grace allows her to kick some major butt, yet she always tries to avoid harming others unjustly. Romance takes a back seat to plot, which is a refreshing change in the YA fantasy genre. There’s definitely some romance in Graceling, but none of the typical teen angst and endless swooning. One of the things I loved most about Graceling is that it was never predictable. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, something completely different occurred. And while the story felt complete at the end of this novel, the author has set up the next volume beautifully – I’m not upset because I was left with a cliffhanger, and yet I can’t wait to read more. I absolutely loved Graceling! The story sucked me right in, and I want to spend more time with all these characters. I’m very much looking forward to reading Fire, the next installment in the series.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling by Kristin Cashore http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/07/graceling-by-kristin-cashmere.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I must say, It wasnt a book that I was hooked right from the beggining. The first few chapters had me wondering if I really wanted to continue reading it.. but once I hit chapter three or so it was a wonderful book. A bit too dragged out in some places, and the ending wasnt as dramatic as i'd hoped, but it was all together a worth wild read. I loved Prince Poe, though his name did give me a good laugh, and all the other characters were great too!
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning A remarkable story of truth, discovery and courage. It is -so- good to see a book out there not about vampires and werewolves (boring!). I recommend it highly to book lovers. The adventures and detail to Graceling are worth reading.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best read of a long time! This book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. Something completely different from the usual young adult books. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I bought this book because of the amazing reviews that it got. I was by no means amazed by it. It was good but I wold not put it up there with the greats by any means. The story was original, but the end just killed it for me. I was expecting more. I personally would not buy Fire (her next installment) unless I was desperat to read something.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Good YA Read While there are some definite similarities (at least between the main characters) to the Hunger Games series, I enjoyed Graceling. It was a different story, with some very original ideas and my favourite: a strong female hero. Full of action and lovable characters, it was hard to put down! Recommend for YA fans!
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Graceling In "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore, to be gifted or talented in some extreme way is to mark you with a grace. People who have a grace whether it be reading others thoughts, having the skill to manipulate people or being able fight or see things in your mind, are marked with having the grace by having different coloured eyes. Katsa's grace is the ability to kill people with little effort and she is under the service of King Randa who uses her grace against those who displease him. Katsa wants freedom and she has to fight and kill to achieve that liberty. Katsa meets Po who is also graced, but in a different way, he is able to sense his surroundings and is one of the few people who can fight with Katsa and give her a slight challenge. Po and Katsa are from different kingdoms, but they soon bond and become lovers. Katsa and Po have to save the seven kingdoms from a king who possesses a horrible grace that manipulates people into believing he is benevolent when actually he is wicked and tortures people and creatures. I found the beginning of this book a bit slow, but the last half is intriguing and makes up for the slowness at the beginning. Katsa is a strong female character and she grows from a girl who is in the servitude of her Uncle and has to kill the people he requests her to kill to a young women who is independent and is teaching other women to fight and defend themselves. She grows from servitude to independence and she also has a soft side and learns to love. Po is a caring and loving companion who accepts Katsa for who she is and wants her to grow and become the best she can. This book portrays their relationship in a sound and caring matter, they respect each other and they both grow in their relationship. I did find the anti-marriage and anti-children view of Katsa’s disturbing. Her and Po have a physical relationship and are committed to each other, but heaven forbid Katsa actually marry him. I do not get it, if she is so opposed to marriage, why not be opposed to any relationship in or out of wedlock? To me this view of marriage is a weak point in the book. The exploration of Katsa’s feelings of all the killings her Uncle had her commit and how that affected her psychologically would have been interesting if it was explored in the book. Bitterblue who is the daughter of the wicked king has a strong role in the second halve of the book and she seems a bit unrealistic for a girl her age, a girl with wisdom beyond her years. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely check out Kristin Cashore’s other books.
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling Kristin Cashore's novel, "Graceling", was a book I bought only hours after first hearing about it; an action I am very glad I took. Set in an imaginary world where certain individuals have special talents, ranging from climbing trees to sword fighting, the story was immensely intersting from beginning to end. I found Katsa, the main character, to be extremely likeable and the relationships she has and develops with others fun to witness. The plot itself was smoothly written, focusing on details when important and fast forwarding when not. Cashore's portrayal of the characters' reactions to situations in the book were never unbelievable, and the world it is all set in felt like it could actually exist. Overall, "Graceling" was an awesome book and I will be buying the second one very soon.
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I picked up Graceling while I was shopping for someone else and thought that this sounded like something I could really be into. Graceling follows the story of a young woman, Katsa who is blessed, or cursed, depending on your perspective, with the grace for killing. She is capable and a great female heroine. I really enjoyed the environment created for the characters in this story, the creative idea of graces and the unexpected and ruthless antagonist. The only reason this book gets four stars and not five is due to my disappointment in the romance. The main male and female characters seem obviously bound to wind up in a relationship from their first encounter. However, the reason for their budding romance is never explained beyond physical attraction, and to me; that's really not enough. I found myself disappointed with the ultimate outcome of the characters relationship in the end as Katsa refuses to commit emotionally to Po even after everything they'd been through. It was as if she hadn't PROGRESSED. That being said, I will still check out the sequel to this book even though it promises an all new batch of characters, and hope for a trilogy that continues the story of Katsa and Po.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gracefully Done I picked this book up based on pure impulsiveness. I had read the summary and everything about it piqued my interest; fantasy, romance and one tough little chick. What was there not to like? And liked it, I did. Katsa was a very interesting character to read about and I loved the creative idea about Graces and the amazing world Cashore creates. A lot of the characters were extremely lovable and when it came to the villian, Cashore created a good one, especially since it was unexpected. It was all heroic and yet, flawed which is exactly why I loved the adventure in this book. I liked how, even though it was a fantasy, the characters were not invincible. This seems to often happen in many fantasy novels. So why did it get three stars only? Well...the romance sucked, to be blunt. Not enough development and I found myself skipping the romance. I do not often do this unless I'm annoyed. It took me a while to get through the book because it moved so slow and got nowhere. Even though about half the book is about Po and Katsa's developing relationship, I still felt like there was no true basis to it. It wasn't only the romance but I felt that not a lot was happening through most of the book. The climax was elongated and, again, I found myself skipping pages just to get to the good stuff. On the plus side, I did fall in love with Bitterblue's character and will read the rest of the series if only to read her book. Overall, it was still a good read and I recommend it to all young fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it had a good story line, even though the climax of it all was very short lived. The characters and the idea of Gracelings was a neat idea for this. I really couldn't put this book down. I look forward to reading "Fire," the companion to "Graceling."
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorly excuted This book is swimming with potential but I am sad to say doesn't live up to expectations. The author isn't able to end a chapter very well in the sense that I do not really feel the barn burning desire to read the next one. It is easy to put down and not think about. The climax comes with 70 pages left in the book but then quickly (and I mean half way through the next chapter) comes to an abrupt conclusion; thus leaving 50 pages of the author prattling on about things that could and should have been left for perhaps a sequel. This book was pretty boring overall and didn't have as much character development as one likes to see in these types of books. Sometimes it is very focused on the details but never the details you care about. Not worth your money.
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Gifted Grace... When I saw one of my friends reading this book, I searched it up and saw how many people enjoyed it, so I decided to give it try...Which is one of the best choices I have made about a book! Honestly, this is my first time reading a book which has to do with castles and princesses and olden time romance. I did read half of Nobody's Princess, but it had no romance in it, and was very dull. Graceling has so much adventure and romance put all together in one book. And I love the idea for the Graced people to have one diffrent eye color than the other. I love the charcters, especially Po and Katsa I think they make a beautiful couple. This book has that type of romance that makes your heart warm up and also makes you smile. In conclusion this book was just beautiful! Definetly recommend it!
Date published: 2009-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting, original fantasy One of the best young-adult fantasy novels I've read in years. The story shines, the characters develop beautifully, and Cashore's writing effortlessly falls away. Katsa, Po, and Bitterblue will hold a special place in my imagination for a long time.
Date published: 2009-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! In Graceling we meet Katsa, a Graceling who is forced to do her kings dirty work. In the beginning of the novel she is without humanity and it takes meeting Po to have her realize her potential in life and realize that she has many choices that she can make. Mix all of this in with adventure, action romance and you have a book that you will read well into the night. I couldn't put it down and I'm sure you will not be disappointed either!
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I actually bought this book a few months back but didn't get around to reading it until just a few days ago. I loved it so much that I immediately had to go looking for her next book, which I am now in the process of reading. Fans of Tamora Pierce will probably enjoy this author and I can't wait until a third book is released.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I loved this book and all the characters. Great action
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Novel Hovel Says, "Wow, that's all I can say!" All I can say is WOW! I loved this book. I found it really unique, like nothing I had read before. Special land, interesting people, almost historical in feel though with different kingdoms and prince and princesses. There is just so much adventure in this book and the way Kristin Cashore describes it made me feel like I was there. I would love to have a graced ability. Maybe not to kill, but some of the powers that these people have are amazing. I can't believe the imagination that Kristin Cashore has. Not to mention the lands in and of themselves like castles on mountains so high you need to climb ropes to get to them. Best of all about this book is the romance. You see this coming from the beginning, but it is really a unique romance because they are both so independent. You really can't ask for more out of a book: mystery, action and romance, not to mention a kickass heroine. Katsa the protagonist is definitely the strongest woman I have ever read about... not just because of her grace. But she is still a woman because she is still vulnerable and cares for her friends, you'll notice she still manages to cry quite a bit. Overall, this book was fantastic! It actually kind flew past my radar when I first heard about it, but then I saw that Kristin Cashores next book Fire was coming out in October I decided I needed to read this before that one came out. Man was I happy I did. Pick up a copy of this book before Fire comes out because you can be sure you are going to want to read that one as well! Katsa is a Graceling, one of a rare people in her land graced with special abilities and unique skills. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was a young girl. Since the King, her uncle discovered this skill he has employed her as his thug. She is forced to go about the land as a bully for the king. Rebelling against this forced servitude Katsa creates the council which acts against wrong doings in the land. On one trip to rescue a kidnapped old man, Katsa runs into Po another graced fighter. Po is searching for his grandfather and the two of them eventually set out to find the truth behind his kidnapping. She never expects the secrets that she discovers. http://thenovelhovel.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow....Absolutely Amazing!! This is probably one of the best books I've read so far, I can not put into words how much I loved this book. I couldn't stop reading it the moment I started, the characters leave you breathless with their strength, power, bravery and determination. The author writes so beautifully, its as if you can see the adventure playing out in front of you. Katsa and Po are now some of my favourite characters, they are just so cool!! Katsa is Graced with the power to kill, but later in her adventure she learns that her power isn't exactly that. Po is Graced with....well i can't say or I'll give it away, just read the book, it's truely amazing!! I loved this book from beginning to end, never wanting the story to finish. This is an incredible book, that tells an everlasting story..
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This story takes you on an adventure that you'll keep turning the pages to find out how it ends. Great read!
Date published: 2009-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing!! Though this book had a lot of potential, I was left very disappointed with the quick and uncompelling ending. I love a happy ending, but found this book to rush through it's conclusion and feel it was a waste, when it could so easily have been better!
Date published: 2009-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautifully composed work of art This book was surprisingly good. i had seen it in chapters a coupe of times and the cover had caught my eye so i asked around in the community and heard it was good so i picked it up. I was utterly stunned when i got to the end of this book at how good it was and well written. I mean i cannot find a bad thing to say about it except maybe that it ended bad i wished it could have been longer or a series. The plot, characters, setting, sequence of events were all unique and captivating. It pulls you in right from the start and never once does it become boring or tedious to read. It is so full of action that any fantasy lover will be flipping the pages as fast as they can. I can't even compare it to any other book i have read because i have yet to read a book that is anywhere close to the ideas and the level of writing that this novel has. This book is a hidden gem at chapters; one of those books you pick up to fill in time before a book you have been waiting for comes out but then it totally takes you by surprise by how fantastically good it is. It is an utterly stunning and spellbinding novel that i would recommend to anyone that is looking for a good fantasy read. I hope to see more books from this new writer and hope that she keeps up with the same original ideas and level of writing.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hate to write about things that have been already said... I normally don't bother writing reviews about books that have a million reviews already, especially when I have nothing new to add...but this is going to be one of the few exceptions, because I can NOT not say something great about Graceling. - The story starts off very action packed and doesn't waste time building up to the good stuff....you'll be hooked from the very first chapter. - Good characters make for a good book...and Graceling's characters were phenomenal! I normally don't like over powering female leads (they often come off as trying much too hard), but Katsa is easy to relate to, likable and I actually understand her charm (she attracts people to her for a good reason, not just because the author wants her to be some kind of perfect twit). I won't say much about the other characters, but I'll say there was not one character I thought did not belong in the novel, every character that appears was necessary for the story to be as great as it was. - Although the basis of the story was not all that original (I found myself reminiscent of the Study series by Maria V. Snyder), I found Cashore still manages to surprise with enough plot twists that make the story unpredictable and worth the 8-9 hours it took to read. - Graceling has plain old good writing! I've read many failed attempts at boring "on the run from the law" type stories before, and I'll tell you that it's not easy to make days of "hiding out in the bushes" sound interesting (Even JK Rowling had me yawning at times in Deathly Hallows), but Cashore does it with style. At four AM in the morning I decided another 4 hours was reading was worth finding out what happens. Annnnnd this is the first book that I felt real tears falling for since junior high. In summary, there are a million and one reviews out there that will tell you Graceling is fantastic, and I completely agree. Give it a try, and if Katsa, Po or none of the other characters manage to make your favourite characters list...well no comment.
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Buying! I could not put this book down. It was absolutely amazing, and earned a place on my bookshelf before I had even finished it. it was the first book in a long time that I actually had to peek to see if the characters would live! Katsa and Po are breathtaking characters, and any reader should be proud to know two such empathetic, capable and strong souls. The ending was bittersweet, but so right for the two characters, I'm torn between selfishly wanting to know more of their story, and being satisfied.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! Graceling was a wonderful read. The characters were all very dynamic and stunning. The plot was wonderful to read about too. The adventure in this story kept me at the edge of my seat and flipping through page after page. Katsa is a very fully developed character, and her courage and bravery is inspirational. I loved Raffin, Oll, and Giddon; they were a great touch to the story. And Po. He was...amazing! A must read!
Date published: 2009-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I heart this book :) I just finished reading it, and it is truly one of my favorites. I loved the relationship between Katsa and Po. I honestly believe Po changed her life because he reminded her that she is not a killer and is strong enough to make her own decisions. I felt so bad for Po at the end because I really loved his character but honestly I don't think it matters. He's still the same person and in the end he's stronger then he was before.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Delightful This was a delightful young adult novel by a first time author. Cashore does an excellent job delivering two main characters that are multi-dimensional and truly likeable. The main characters of the story are Katsa and Po. Both are 'Gracelings', people who are graced with a particular talent. Katsa, an orphan, was raised by her Uncle the King of Midlund to be his personal killer. Used from the age of ten to intimidate and bully her uncle's adversaries, she has grown up alone with few friends in a kingdom where the graced are considered outcasts. Po, on the otherhand, was raised in a loving family in a kingdom where to be graced is an honour. Despite their different backgrounds, they are able to find a comon bond at first because of their talents and then through a shared adventure. While light on action, this book is more about character development. It is wonderful to watch Katsa discover herself and gain her independence. The relationship that develops between herself and Po is also well played out with some very poignant moments. I would recommend this book to any Tamora Pierce fans. Katsa really reminded me of her Song of the Lioness' Alanna.
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoy the ride A girl is graced with murder skill. She’s physically strong and she’s capable to kill an adult when she’s eight. She’s used by a king to punish whoever displeases him. She’s fortunate to meet a true friend and lover who speaks her emotions out loud and talks her to sense. In a way, she’s an outcast – she’s feared by everyone – hence, she’s socially alienated. She struggles to find her position in society. It’a story of a teenage girl who grows into adulthood by understanding and rediscovering herself and her Grace. This book superbly fuses teenage experience, fantasy and romance. Oh, it’s not a gossip book.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was ok There were parts of this book that I thought were really good and then there were parts that I thought were slow, not enough action. Overall, it was a good read and I would recommend it. There were some good ideas in this book but just not enough action for my preference.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a GREAT Story - Great Great Read! I literally just finished this book, and wow, i am so happy about this book. It is a great tale of love, adventure, independence, power, struggle, and any other emotion you want to feel in a book! This is essentially the story of a Graceling Girl named Katsa. A Graceling is a person with a grace or an ability that puts them at an advantage for specific abilities. You recognize a graceling based on their eyes as each eye is a different colour. Katsa is graced with the ability to survive although there is a strong belief that initially she is graced with the ability to Kill. This ability is based on an early aged event where a cousin threatened to touch her inappropriately and inadvertently killed him in one shot. Gracelings tend to be outcasts in most of the great Kingdoms (there are 7), and well Katsa is not only an outcast but she is also feared. As she is without parents, she is raised by her uncle, the King of the Middluns. He raises her as a weapon, a savage but obedient dog sent on missions to hurt or kill people that threaten or mock the king. She is barely a girl. She has a wicked temper, has trouble controlling her anger/violence outbursts, and having grown up feared, has few people she can trust and care about - these trustworthy characters being Raffin, Bann, Giddon, Oll, and Helda. A character i may compare Katsa to from another novel would probably be Katniss from The Hunger Games. They both encompass that hard edge, that ferociousness and ability to survive, and that inability to be girly. Both has strong beliefs, and will fight to no end for what they care about! Katsa's life dramatically changes when she meets Po, a Lienid graceling with the grace to fight or so we think initially. Although hesistant to trust him initially, he does become the only worthy opponent she has ever playfully fought, and of course rouses some feelings she has never felt for another man. Being a fierce independent woman who refuses to ever marry and be tied down - she struggles internally with those feelings for a while. However, she soon realizes Po really is her perfect match in various ways. The second half of the book is an adventure. While Katsa has decided to no longer be the Middlun King's weapon or a toy to scare others with, she runs off with Po to discover the motivation behind the kidnapping of Po's Grandfather. It's a fun adventure where they learn a lot about each other and the feelings they have for one another. There are some beautiful scenes in the book between these two - some funny ones too. Their adventures include dealing with a twisted king and his twisted grace that is unknown to anyone until Po figures it out. They rescue the twisted King's daughter (Bitterblue) who happens to be Po's niece, where Po is ultimately forced to be left behind (for reasons you will have to read), and Katsa and Bitterblue start off on a rescue mission of their own that is full of ups and downs with an exciting conclusion. I won't write anymore as i have already given too much away. But to me this was an incredible story, and i LOVE Katsa and Po. Both are such strong characters in their own rights. I wish in some other books, the female lead would be like Katsa. Her fierceness, and strong beliefs are sometimes what lack in other female character leads. I felt completely satisfied with this read and i would definitely recommend it to someone who loves adventure, and romance, and comedy, and violence, and..... i could go on forever! Please Enjoy this one!
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This book absolutly took my breath away! it was soooo good! i really really highly recomend you read this book! =)
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from l love this book! Wow, this book is amazing! It has everything you could want: lovable and unforgettable characters, strong plot with twists and turns and great writing. I don't remember the last time I loved two characters as much as I love Katsa and Po. Their romance was beautiful and realistic. Katsa is one of the strongest heroines I've read about and Po makes for a great hero. There was so much character development and the plot was filled with action and adventure. Graceling is one of those books where you make an emotional investment in the characters. I laughed and cried countless times. And I mourned, actually mourned when this book was over! I envy those who have yet to begin this book. This is the type of book ANYONE could read - boy, girl, teen or adult - and relate to. I only wish that this book was getting more press - it really deserves it!
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastical! Kristin Cashore reminds me of Tamora Pierce. Their books aren't really alike, except for a strong heroine and a medival-ish setting. Seeing as I love Tamora Pierce, it's not that much of a surprise that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK, TOO! Katsa and Po were fantastic together. I loved all the twists, even though I could predict the outcome from a mile off. While reading, I couldn't help but notice the structure of the book. The growth of the characters, the movement of the plot and romance.. even the plot twists were highly structured. BUT that isn't isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is a fantastic first novel, and I can't wait to see more from this author! If you're a fan of fiction this is a book, and an author, you'll want to check out.
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected I bought this book because I saw it recommended for people who loved Twilight....WOW! I loved the storyline and I am not a fan of fantasy novels. The mystery and adventure in the novel was exciting and suspenseful. Katsa is a strong female character and Po is a dream. The love story is so romantic and their relationship was believable and progressed at a natural pace. I would give this book to anyone who enjoys a great story.
Date published: 2009-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Adventure! If you loved The Hunger Games you will probably love this book. Hard to put down and difficult to let go. This book will have you thinking long after you've closed the back cover. Katsa is a Graceling who thought she new her power but soon discovers she has so much more to learn about herself and her ability. Katsa is tough and feared but she has a good heart and a core strength that I wish we could teach to all girls. This story has everything you could want. Adventure, Magic, Romance, Treasures, Sadness,Triumph, Friends & Family, Good & Evil. While battling herself, her friends, and her enemies Katsa will ensnare you. She is a heroine for the ages! Join her on her journey and you will anxiously look for a follow up to the story. Katsa is fighting to make things right in her world even while her uncle (the king) uses her abilities for wrong. She has formed a council like Robin Hoods Merry Men to right wrongs across the seven kingdoms. The story starts with one good deed that introduces her to Po which takes her (and you) on the adventure of a lifetime. Her bugeoning friendship with Po and Bitterblue will tug at your heartstrings. This is a story not to be missed!!!
Date published: 2009-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific! The book was a bit confusing at the very beginning, but then you realize what the books about. Graceling is seperated into three parts, which is very understandable, seeing as how there are 3 major climax's in the book. It's one of those stories where you're like "Wow! How could someone get through such amazing ideas on roughly 400 pages." It's really good and the author did an amazing job of getting her ideas through to her audience. I felt like the book sucked me in from the beginning, and would willingly re-read this book (which I do not really do often). I wish never ended. It was terrific! Please read the book. You will love it, I am sure of it!
Date published: 2009-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Graceling is not the usual type of book that I read, therefore I started it with some hesitation. I usually like my fiction to be set in the present day and Graceling is a fantasy type book! I am sooo happy that I did decide to read this book. While it is aimed at a YA audience, I am far from a YA and I absolutely enjoyed it. The main premise is of a young girl by the name of Katsa who has "grace" that is she has special strength and skills which are used by her uncle - the King to protect and defend their universe. However, the storyline digs much deeper than this as we follow Katsa through what I have come to consider a "puberty" of sorts - from questionning her "grace" and the role it plays in her life, to asking herself serious questions about her motives for doing what she does. This novel is full of action and I loved the quick pace. Each page brings another fresh character or another wonderful adventure. However, for me, what worked best was the growing up of the main character as she discovers others who share her powers and more importantly, discovers a very special person who will bring her to question her principles and morals on a very deep level. This book was an excellent read.
Date published: 2008-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story! This is a debut teen fantasy novel. In the land of Seven Kingdoms, people who have different coloured eyes are said to be Graced. Along with this distinguishing feature, they have special powers such as the ability to see in the dark, to have super strength or be a great cook. There is of course the good vs. evil element which is all part of a good fantasy yarn.
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Debut This was an amazing book with a strong independent and unforgettable main character. Katsa is graced with what she believes is the gift of killing and she is used by her uncle. When she meets Prince Po she comes to realize the truth of her grace and of those posessed by the ones around her. This was a great story with a good plot. Truthfully I hope that there will be a sequel for the ending although very clear left enough of an opening for a continuation. Hopefully soon this book will gain momentum because I was enthralled from page one!
Date published: 2008-09-20

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Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 7.01 × 4.33 × 0.71 in

Published: June 22, 2011

Publisher: Livre De Poche

Language: French

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 2253157635

ISBN - 13: 9782253157632

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