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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Mar 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult, science-fiction-fantasy

This is a great book! Loved it! A young girl lives in a land of 7 kingdoms where certain people are "graced" by a young age. This means that they have a special ability when they have two different eye colors. For some it is just the ability to swim like a fish, or sew completely straight and for some, their abilities are a bit more. Katsa is one in particular. Her grace is killing. Or at least that is what she thinks. She is extremely fast, knows exactly where to hit to cause the most pain, can tolerate pain, doesn't tire easily and is agile. She also has other abilities that don't seem to measure up. She always knows where she is, doesn't require much sleep or food and heals fairly quickly. She is completely sure of herself and unhappy with her position as her uncle's (King Randa) trained thug. Her world is shaken when she first meets Po, a prince from another kingdom. He is graced with fighting. The two become companions and eventually fall in love while they are on the search for who may have kidnapped Po's grandfather. Their search will help to reveal even more truths about themselves and uncover a terrible plot from another king.

This was truly a great book. Even though the book is close to 500 pages, it actually reads fairly quickly. You can really understand the time and place in which Katsa lives. You also get to see her struggles and how she eventually begins to soften. I thought it was excellent and well written. Can't wait to read Fire and Bitterblue.

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Reading Progress

March 3, 2012 – Started Reading
March 3, 2012 – Shelved
March 4, 2012 –
page 34
March 5, 2012 –
page 82
March 8, 2012 –
page 277
March 8, 2012 –
page 318
March 9, 2012 –
page 361
March 12, 2012 – Shelved as: young-adult
March 12, 2012 – Shelved as: science-fiction-fantasy
March 12, 2012 – Finished Reading

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I really liked this story.

Jeretta Hall-Robinson I did too! Only I didn't like the part about Po and his vision. I understand that it kind of became essential for his grace to work, but I still feel bad for him.

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