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Discover the Graceling Realm in this unforgettable, award-winning novel from bestselling author Kristin Cashore.
A New York Times bestseller
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Winner
Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal,Booklist, and BCCB Best Book of the Year
"Rageful, exhilarating, wistful in turns" (The New York Times Book Review) with "a knee weakening romance" (LA Times). Graceling is a thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure that will resonate deeply with anyone trying to find their way in the world.
Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, who is smart and beautiful and lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa's Grace is killing. As the king's niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer. Until the day she meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, and Katsa's life begins 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.
Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com's Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors' Choice, Booklist's 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List
And don't miss the sequel Fire and companion Bitterblue, both award-winning, New York Times bestsellers, and full of Kristin Cashore's elegant, evocative prose and unforgettable characters.
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'Cashore creates believable characters with enough depth, subtlety, and experience to satisfy older readers . . . An impressive first novel. ― BOOKLIST
Graceling really does have something to offer everyone. An adventurous and enjoyable read. ― DEATHRAY
It's a great debut novel that will suit those who like their Fantasy unabashedly romantic. ― SFFWORLD.COM
The story flows at a decent pace with a story that gradually builds in intensity and a mystery that unravels at just the right speed to keep things interesting. Cashore knows what makes a good spectacle and, even though you know that Katsa absolutely has to win through, writes set piece scenes that buzz with excitement and action. ― GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW
A major strength of the writing is the imagery presented throughout the novel. The book is filled with very vivid descriptions of almost everything from castles, landscapes, courts, and the journeys that the characters go on. Kristin Cashore's 'Graceling' is a great start by a developing writer and I definitely look forward to seeing this writer grow with future novels as she shows tremendous potential. ― FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
- Wydawca : Gollancz (7 stycznia 2021)
- Język : Angielski
- Miękka oprawa : 400 str.
- ISBN-10 : 1473233259
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473233256
- Wymiary : 12.8 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
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It's pretty much a self contained story, but allows room for more tales in the world where it is set.
It runs for three hundred and seventy pages. It's divided into three parts. And further into thirty nine chapters plus an epilogue.
There's a map of the setting at the start.
It's pretty much suitable for readers of all ages. There's some mild violence but nothing more.
The land in which this takes place is called the Seven Kingdoms. Seven realms all with monarchs. And many people with graces. These are special abilities that they have. Just one for each person who is graced. You can tell they have a grace thanks to their unusual eyes. You could have one that makes you good at swimming, or cooking, or sewing, or many of the other little things of life.
Such as killing.
Which is what Katsa, our main character, is very skilled at.
Having discovered that skill from an early age has set her apart from most. She exists in service to her monarch and has to carry out his orders. Which put her skill to good use.
She has far more skills at killing than she does with socialising, thus she's not really good with people, and has no idea how to be like that.
All of which changes when, whilst hunting for a kidnapped royal, she meets a man who is just as good at fighting as she is. And she decides she's done with things.
But at the same time, a great evil is slowly taking hold.
Good fantasy really needs to be strongly character based first and foremost. You can create great settings, but if your reader doesn't care about the characters, then they won't be involved. This manages to do all that by focusing on Katsa from the off. Although it starts by throwing you into the middle of the action you're not confused, and short occasional flashbacks do quickly fill in the blanks.
Po, the hero of the piece, is someone we don't know too much about initially, and since we only ever see him through Katsa's eyes, you have to wait a while to learn more and get used to him. But you do.
Katsa is such a sympathetic character and it is involving to watch her slowly learn and manage to break out of her habits and conditioning and do and be something more.
Plotting wise this is also more skilled than you might expect, because it does feel at a point in the middle as if it isn't going to focus on the evil of the tale quite as much as it needs to, and you do wonder for a little bit where things are going. But long journey scenes work better than they do in some other books because they allow time for the characters to bond. And the final quarter of the book does have very good direction and knows exactly where it's going and what it's doing, throwing any preceding doubts away.
The ending does go on a bit, but it does manage to make it a bit more realistic than it might be otherwise.
A good bit of fantasy and character drama and an engaging romance. All in all a definite four out of five book. But a nice read and one that should make you want to look at more from the writer. Who has done other tales set in this world since.
The plot revolves around a lady called Katsa who is a Graceling, a person of exceptional power, which in her case is the ability to use extreme physical force with absolute ease against anyone. She lives in her uncle's castle, he is the king of the Middluns and her controller, she carries out his heavy work and she hates doing it. So she forms a secret council with sympathisers to help people, and use her power for good.
On one of these missions she meets a similarly talented stranger and is drawn to him. This encounter triggers an adventure which leads her to many new places in the seven kingdoms, and also leads her to self discovery.
For me the highlight of this novel was the relationship between Katsa and Bitterblue, Po's neice and the future queen. I loved the way the author allowed Katsa to show such a maternal side without being saccharine. I also appreciated the fact that this journey undertaken by Katsa, to take the little girl to a place of safety, was not interrupted by constant battles with random assailants, which I kept expecting.
I thought this was a very powerful tangent, to a beautifully thought out and told story.
Ultimately, I finished this book feeling very satisfied and wishing I could return again to the main characters of Katsa, Po and their friends Raffin, Giddon and Oll. I also liked Po's family and wished the story could have revolved a bit more round them. The only criticism I have is the the relationship between Katsa and Po was kind of left up in the air and I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it.
I am very glad I took a chance and bought this book because it was everything I hoped it would be. This is a fantasy novel that is vivid in it's descriptions of the various landscapes visited, such as the forest and the seascapes, and also the people themselves. It never slows down enough for you to lose interest, and constantly keeps you cheering on the heroine in her quest.
I liked the storyline; it was inoffensive, if a little repetitive, and clipped along at a fair pace. I also like strong female characters with their own views and opinions and Katsa was one of those. Obviously her Grace helped her stand out as a strong character but what appealed me was that Cashore also focussed on how Katsa tried to control her Grace through training. Yes, she could have mindlessly killed everyone she had to but that would have been to the detriment to the characterisation of Katsa. By showing she trained from an early age to be something other than a mindless killer impressed me.
Unfortunately, I did have several problems with this novel. First was the world building - for a world with Seven Kingdoms, we didn't learn all that much about them or their differing cultures. World building is one of my favourite parts of fantasy novels and I feel that was a lost opportunity here given the amount of travelling undertaken by the characters.
I also felt that the characterisation overall was a little lacking. There was nothing to distinguish the supporting characters from each other and Po, one of the two main characters, didn't undergo many major changes by the end. Katsa fared a bit better, coming to terms with her violent Grace as the story progressed.
This wasn't a bad book, just one that could have been a lot better. It was an easy read and I actually found it well written despite its flaws. I recommend it for what it is, I thought it a rather enjoyable novel.
The story held enough political drama, mystery and action to keep me interested in reading on. The Seven Kingdoms had great cultural diversity and with easy names such as Western, Sunder, Estill, Nander, Middluns, Monsea and Lienid, I quickly learnt the geography and followed the adventures in different lands effortlessly.
Katsa's character was intriguing and developed well showing both emotional and moral strengths and weaknesses. She risked everything to stop taking orders from her uncle and to stop killing. She wasn't just another one dimensional heroine. To my utter delight, the storyline also got enriched with an introduction of prince Po from Lenid and little Bitterblue from Monsea as well as their complicated family history. Even though at some stage the plot got fairly predictable, I was positively surprised there was a twist in the tale at the end.
Overall, I found this book quite refreshing and a good read even though it's more of a YA literature. I definitely prefer books by Gail Z. Martin but will be happy to reach for the next book by Kristin Cashore.