Book review of Graceling By Kristin Cashore
Katsa is Graced. A Grace is a power that is given at birth to a rare few. A grace can be a manner of abilities, you can be graced with cooking or swimming, maybe even singing. But Katsa is graced with killing. Feared by many and used as a royal assassin for her King uncle. Katsa fights with her inner demons as she learns more about her grace and the depth it goes to. Her life seems to be going in circles, doing the kings dirty deeds before she meets Po. A handsome young man who is graced with combat. Together they travel across the world to discover treachery and undercover lies that have spread across lands and seas. They intend to seek the truth, but at what cost?
This book was difficult at first, I won’t lie. But of course, that is what to expect when you’re reading a book the is based in a fantasy world. To understand any fantasy novel you must first understand the history of the world that it is set in and I believe that Cashore did that really well.
Because I have an attention span of a five year old when it comes to reading the beginning of fantasy books, I managed to listen to the audio book that Kristen has so kindly uploaded onto her youtube page for readers to listen to. So for the first seven hours, I listened to the audio book. But of course, the audio book is not the whole one. She intends to lure you in with the interesting story and then encourage you to read the rest of the book yourself. And that I did. Luckily, I’d already had Graceling on my bookshelf, otherwise I think I would have gone mad at the cliff hanger that the audiobook leaves it on.
This book is filled with adventure, romance, empowered and independent female characters and jam packed with action. Cashore’s ability to throw you into a fight scene and have you picture every punch and kick and stab in your mind is wonderful. I felt as though, as I was reading, I was watching the live action in my mind.
The characters were strong and the story was gripping from middle to end. (I say middle to end because this book, I have to say, is hard to get into.)You have to really want to read this book to get through the first few chapters with all the characters introductions etc.
Overall, a must read for the fantasy genre fan. I give it three stars just because I feel like the beginning doesn’t draw you in as much as the rest of the story does and I think it lets the book dow a bit, but I guarantee it is worth the long few chapters and it will soon become worth the read. This book won’t let you down and I am looking forward to reading the second book to the trilogy.