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Thursday, August 18

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

October 1st 2008, Harcourt Children's Books
471 pages, Hardcover
Personal Copy
First in the Seven Kingdoms series

Humans and Demons and Elves

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.



  1. I cannot believe I still have not read this series. I have the books and I heard so many good things about it. Your review reminded me that I need to re-prioritize this. Thanks for the great review!

  2. This has been sitting on my shelf, silently begging for my attention, for far too long now. After reading this, I just may have to nudge it a bit closer to the top of the TBR pile. Thanks!

  3. Gah! I've had this sitting on my desk FOREVER waiting to read!!!!

  4. I LOVED Graceling! (And the sequel, Fire.) A few months ago I suggested on Twitter that we take up a collection to hire a housekeeper for Kristin Cashore so she could write Bitterblue faster. There were a lot of takers! I think if I'd been serious, I could have raised a lot of money.

  5. Hey Rie, I have had this one on my shelf for a while but have not gotten to it yet.  After reading your review though, I need to get to it sooner! It sounds like you really liked the characters.  I can not wait to read it too!

  6. Can't wait to see what you'll think of it!

  7. I haven't gotten to Fire yet, but I really must! 

  8. Read it chica! So I can have someone to squee with!

  9. ReflectionsofabookaholicAugust 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I've never read this one but I've heard good things.  Sounds like I need to get a copy.

  10. Holy smokes. I read this book this year too, and it blew. me. away. Incredible skills Cashore has! I enjoyed Fire even more, and I look forward to Bitterblue! King Leck is one of my top 10 favorite villains! VILE man!