October 1st 2008, Harcourt Children's Books
471 pages, Hardcover
First in the Seven Kingdoms series
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 Graced 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 . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
Have you seen the channel by some of the most fabulous bloggers TotallyBooksessed? Harmony from Radiant Reads has professed her love for this book repeatedly and she is not wrong! It’s amazing.
Astonishing, touching, real. I was blown away by the plot, writing, characterization of this book. I can’t believe it took me this long to read it.
This book had me smiling throughout as Katsa fell in love despite her reluctance for all things domestic. In a world where men rule it is impossible for one to get married and remain any part of your freedom. Katsa understands this and the book makes you understand the goodness of Po.
Maybe I loved this romance so much because I could see myself within Katsa. (I may have married young, but I hate the idea of marriage. Everything about it seems unnatural.) Katsa is so amazingly strong, but her weakness resides within her strength. The strength it takes to control your emotions when in a fit you could kill everyone that surrounds you.
Po’s family is great, even if they are a bit blind to what is going on around them. Lliend is a place within the Seven Kingdoms that Grace’s are honored not feared.
The plot will not allow you to put it down even for a moment. I read the entire book in one night and loved every moment of it.
So in conclusion, this book is simply to die for and you should pick it up immediately.