Teen Book Review: Graceling

Book cover with a knife and a girl's eye reflected in itFast Facts:

Published: 2008

Author: Cashore, Kristin

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Geared Towards: Young Adult

TLC Reviewer’s Score: 5/5

Remarks: Except for a few pauses here and there, the book was remarkably fast paced, especially during the second half.

Imagine yourself in a world where some people are known as Gracelings. People who possess extreme skills ranging from opening your mouth as big as your head to being able to read other people’s minds. Imagine what it would be to be a Graceling,when your eyes settle into 2 different colors and you become the property of the King from birth. What would that life be like?…..

This is the premise for the book Graceling by Kristin Cashore, the first book in the Graceling series, where we delve into the world of 7 kingdoms ruled by 7 different kings with Gracelings everywhere. Graceling is a fantasy and romance novel chronicling the adventures of Katsa, a girl who is nothing more than a ruthless assassin for King Randa of the Middluns. This book shows how Katsa ends up getting out of her horrid existence and meeting up with Prince Greening Grandemelion, otherwise known as Prince Po, youngest prince of the Lienids. Graced with combat skills, Po and Katsa come together to reveal one of the darkest secrets hidden in the kingdom of Monsea where a king with a reputation for kindness, is not whom he sees.

Graceling is a fast paced action story combining elements of medieval Fantasy with romance. Come join Katsa and her quest to unravel the web of lies that has ensnared the seven kingdoms.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels of all kinds, however this book does have a modicum of romance (however what fantasy book doesn’t?).

If you like Graceling, be sure to check out the rest of the books in the series, Fire and Bitterblue. Even if this book isn’t exactly your cup of tea, I urge you to keep looking out for a book you love and to keep on reading! For more fantasy books like Graceling (and other books), make sure to check the lists available at your nearest library!


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July 21, 2017|Categories: Reviews, Spotlight - Teens|

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