By Kristin Cashore.
#1 of Graceling Realm.
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…
The Story :
A book of the fantasy genre, Graceling, shows a world where some people are “graced” with special abilities, abilities as simple as swimming or cooking, to survival, mind-reading or even brainwashing other people!
Graceling tells the story of Katsa, who is used by her uncle, King Randa of the Middluns, to threaten his enemies with her Grace of killing. Sick of this, katsa tries to help people secretly by setting up a Council with a few of her friends, which include Randa’s son and Katsa’s best friend, Raffin. But when Katsa recuses the Lienid king’s father, Tealiff from a kidnapping and during the rescue, when Katsa meets the Graced grandson of Grandfather Tealiff, her life takes a turn for the better and she finally understands that she has an option of standing up to her uncle and refusing to do the atrocities he makes her do. She decides to go on a quest to find out who was behind Grandfather Tealiff’s kidnapping with the Graced Prince Po, who is capable of reading thoughts of people and thus the story begins.
What I Liked / Disliked :
I had read this book about too years back, but since I forgot the story, I read it again now. I had liked the story the first time itself and this time I loved it even more!
The whole story goes very smoothly, without any confusions to the reader or the need to turn pages to clarify anything. It’s not a big book either. But the story is wound up properly at the end and since it is a standalone book with no sequels (only sister novels), the end is also great!
One problem, it’s pace. It can be a bit slow paced to readers who lose interest in books a bit fast. It takes almost 10 chapters before the actual adventure begins. So it is on the slower end throughout the book and the actual climax part doesn’t last longer than a few pages…. which is a little boring.
Other than that, it is a true treat for all fantasy lovers!
Sorry for a long delay between posts! I have been busy with various things in the past few weeks which I will be mentioning in my tomorrow’s post, I hope!