Book Talk 9/6/19: Kristin Cashore’s Graceling
Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Harcourt, Inc. 2008.
Amazon’s blurb: Kristin Cashore’s bestselling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace… and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.
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Loved the book! Katsa is a weapon for her Uncle, King Randa, since she is a young girl with the grace to kill. Secretly, she rebels against him, building a Council to do good for others. It is on one of these rescues that she meets Po who is searching for his missing grandfather who is in Katsa’s hands. Po soon travels to Randa’s court and reunites with his grandfather. His grandfather doesn’t know who abducted him. Po and Katsa begin training together. He is the only one who is a match for her. When Katsa discovers Po’s grace, she is taken and betrayed she thinks. The two leave to find out info about his grandfather’s kidnapping after Katsa faces her uncle and declares herself no longer his to command. What they find on their travels unsettles and brings them to their knees. For another with a grace far more sinister is out there and he’s set his sights on them.
These characters are riveting. Their graces unusual and interesting. The villain is impossible to stop. Po’s and Katsa’s story continued in two other books called the Realm series. I didn’t like what happened to the hero but the ending more than compensated for that.