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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Dec 07, 11

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Read from May 26 to October 12, 2011

In the world of Graceling there are two distinct kinds of people - those that are graced and those that are not. The skills of the graced from what I have seen so far in this first book of Kristin Cashore's fantasy series are not as flamboyant or should I say obvious as what you would find in, for example, a comic book. There are no lasers shooting out of people's eyes, or tornado's being formed with a mere thought, the gracelings are what I would describe as unnaturally gifted. A normal person gifted in fighting would beat his or her opponent with almost ease, a person graced in fighting could have a broken arm, be faced off against five people and would still never lose a fight. The gracelings could be the most talented dancers, swimmers, runners, singers, weavers etc. or they could have far more dangerous talents.

Katsa's grace allowed her to kill a man when she was eight years old with one hand and from this moment on she has been used by her uncle, King Reyard, to strike fear into the heart of anyone who wrongs him. This along with her particular grace has made others who have not even met Katsa fear her, and her upbringing has not made Katsa the most typical of noble ladies. Still, Katsa despite not seeing herself as anything more than a tyrant leads covert operations where she helps people who need it and more and more recently she is finding it much more difficult to carry out her uncle's orders. And what really sets things off is while on a mission Katsa encounters a graced fighter who unexpectedly helps her unravel the peculiarities of her own grace as well as the shocking secrets of a foreign kingdom.

The story of Graceling for me was truly about not allowing yourself to be shaped by other people's predetermined thoughts of who you are and about being able to achieve anything as long as you never give up despite the odds. Graceling was also filled with such a diverse combination of awesome characters that ranged from brilliant to kick butt that I can’t wait to meet them again in Fire and Bitterblue.

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Quotes Sandy Liked

Kristin Cashore
“How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people - girls, women - went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Kristin Cashore
“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.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Reading Progress

05/26/2011 page 17
10/04/2011 page 60
17.0% "I wasn't in the mood for high fantasy at the time but I am now xD."
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Aine Had you not read this book before? I love it! I loved Fire, too!

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Sandy Andrea wrote: "Had you not read this book before? I love it! I loved Fire, too!"

Nope, this was my first time though I got the book back in May. Loved it ^_^

Aine Fire is a prequel, and only has one character from Graceling. I liked the characters from Graceling better, but I liked the story in Fire better. I'm super excited for Bitterblue. I think the first two will be rereads for 2011!

Aine 2012. Not 2011 =P

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Sandy Andrea wrote: "2012. Not 2011 =P"

Yay ^_^ ilike to hear asbout goals for the Re-reading challenge. A prequel eh interesting.

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