Published by Graphia on Oct 1, 2008
Genres: High Fantasy, YA
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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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 Graces 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…
I feel like I’m one of the last people to read Graceling, but now that I have, I can see what all the fuss is about. Katsa and Po are so adorable. They give me warm fuzzy feelings. So entertaining together, I wanted more scenes with their bickering and fighting. I loved that they didn’t hold anything back in their fights, trusting each others skills and abilities.
Katsa’s grace was quite useful and interesting. Everything seemed so effortless to her, even though she really had to work at understanding her skills. Her humility was quite refreshing, and her growth throughout the book was rewarding to read. She went from being a scared monster to a confident teacher and protector in a very natural progression.
I actually read the second book first, and then this one, which is apparently the chronological order. I’d suggest following this order, and then reading the third book. I certainly intend to pick up the third book, and with much less delay than between the first and second.