(Graceling Realm #1)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Goodreads Book Summary: In the Seven Kingdoms, people born with an extreme skill, “Grace”, are feared and exploited. Katsa herself despises hers, killing. Her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, commands her to punish and torture his enemies. Prince Po, with combat skills, becomes her friend, and she learns terrible truths about her Grace and a secret hidden far away that could destroy the realm.
Rating: 4 Stars
This book was quite the switch-up from the Under the Never Sky series. I have to say that Kristin Cashore is an incredibly talented writer. I was pulled into this story, despite it’s zoomed out point of view, and couldn’t put it down. The plot-line is intriguing and complex. I loved not knowing exactly what would happen. The characters are rich and well-thought out and they stay true to themselves, even in their growth.
I would recommend this book to readers ages 15+. There are a few things, violent and sexual, that is inappropriate for younger readers, and it surprises me how much this book is marketed as a children’s book because of that. Well, that and I don’t really see children enjoying it much.
Also, there’s a map, and I love maps in books! LOVE them!
Our main character is quite different from most, she isn’t relatable. She’s hard on herself, but not emotional. She is highly skilled, and it takes a long time for us to see her true character. I like that she changed as the book went along, she grew and matured, but at the same time, she never broke character. She never acted outside herself. She was Katsa, through and through. The adventures she goes through keep you reading from page one through the end.
Oh yeah, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love Po. He’s the kind of male character I find myself drooling over, and then wiping the book clean. Oops.
This book is the first in a trilogy of sorts. It’s thrilling and the world Kristin Cashore creates is believable and real. It kind of reminds me of a middle-earth type world, like something that could possibly be very far in our past, if you let yourself pretend.