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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Nov 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-ya, fantasy
Read on October 20, 2012

Excellent!

Like many novels there is a point or two where the story seems to slow too much for some readers but I truly enjoyed the key character, Katsa, who has a talent for fighting, combat, and killing. That talent is used by her uncle to punish and/or destroy those who disagree or disobey him. For her uncle, it is important not just to kill but often to torture before killing. Her distaste for torture leads Katsa to refuse to follow his instructions putting her in a difficult position.

Many characters in this novel are "graced" with skills or talents that make their life more interesting or difficult depending upon how you look at it. One is Po, whose grandfather has been kidnapped. When Katsa decides to help him find and rescue his grandfather their adventures begin and they narrowly escape difficult situation after difficult situation.

They fall in love but Katsa is determined not to marry anyone. As the novel develops, the reader empathizes with the formation of the Council, an undergound network of innkeepers, servants, and gracelings, who share knowledge and to thwart missions to punish the innocent who inadvertently encounter the fickle judgment of rulers like Katsa's uncle, Randa.

This is an excellent beginning to a well written series. I hope, however, that the author avoids the trap of many authors who write series and use weak plots and extended wordage just to get the next novel printed.
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