October 13, 2009

The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy Book 1

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Not Everyone Is As They Seem!

Katsa is a member of the royal court, her mother was sister to a King, and she is a lady of the court, but she is no ordinary Lady. Katsa is a Lady Killer.

There are those who are born with extra abilities, skills known as a Grace. It can take many forms from cooking to mind reading. Katsa, however, is Graced with killing. And there is no escaping what she is for she is marked, as every Graceling is marked, with distinct eyes.

Katsa has grown up under the power of her uncle King Randa, who had turned Katsa into his own personal killing machine. One day while on a secret rescue mission, Katsa meets a man who will change her life. She will blindly follow others, lose her mind, battle great beasts bare handed, sail over the seas, assassinate a King, and also find love.

Graceling is as much a story about fighting and adventure as it is a story about love. The events of great violence and danger are not out of place next to its tender and vulnerable moments. Its world is vivid and descriptive, with its characters both warm and unique in their conception. A stunning debut that will keep you up late, eager to read more.

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On sale: 01 November 2008
Price (AU): $32.99
ISBN: 9780575084629
Recommended age: 14+
In a word: Graced
Re-read it: possibly
Recommend: yes
Star rating: four out of five

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