Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I haven’t had much experience with “Young Adult Literature,” as I was one of those kids who skipped over that genre because it was for “kids.” However I was recently sent Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and spent two lazy afternoons this past weekend reading what turned out to be a really enjoyable book.
The basic premise is that the universe is populated by those with Graces; they can be for cooking, predicting the weather, or in the case of our lead character, killing. It makes for an interesting base for Cashore’s story, and allows the several unexpected turn of events believable.
Katsa, our lead, has the unfortunate joy of being related to the king of Middluns (the countries that make up the world are Nander (north), Wester (west), Estill (east), Middluns (in the center, Sunder (south), Monsea and Lienid). Believing he has control over her, she allows him to use her as his thug, going out and killing, maiming, or scaring those who have wronged the king.
However at some point in her history she rebels. Not entirely, but enough to create the Council, a group of people – influential and not so – from all over the countries, who save those they can from the kings.
One such mission, however, brings an unexpected encounter, and an unexplained mystery. From here, Katsa’s world gets turned upside down and she is forced to make decisions, run, hide, and do the responsible thing, ignoring her heart.
It really is a wonderful story, and I would definitely recommend this to any teenagers that I know.
That being said, it would not be the first book I would recommend. I believe that teenagers – or anyone, for that matter – should read above their level. It helps them learn new things, learn new words, and be challenged by what they are reading. Cashore ignores this opportunity, and more often than not chooses the easy route for her readers.
Predictability is this books watch-word, and simplistic characters and decisions make for some quick reading at times. It’s not such that it diminishes the accomplishment of Cashore’s debut novel, but it is to the detriment of the book.
Graceling is definitely a good read, especially for anyone looking for a quick read, or a present for that teenager in their life (boy or girl). It isn’t anything to write home about, but not something to snub either.
This Graceling book review was written by Joshua S Hill
All reviews for: Seven Kingdoms Trilogy
Seven Kingdoms Trilogy: Book 1
In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of kill...
Seven Kingdoms Trilogy: Book 1
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and fore...
Seven Kingdoms Trilogy: Book 3
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, ...
Have you read Graceling?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Graceling reader reviews
From from From
Wonderfully captivating, if a bit heavy on the romance.
Emily from Chicago
I wanted to put in a quick word for Graceling, since I enjoyed it so much. It was a dynamic read, and very exciting- It actually got my heart pumping a few times with the fight scenes! It had all the things I like in a story, strong female lead, interesting premise and plot, and a little bit of romance. It is definitely a book I would buy to read over again.
7.7/10 from 3 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power ...
Half a King
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it al...
The Faithful and The Fallen
Young Corban watches enviously as boys become warriors, learning the art of war. He yearns to wield his sword and spear to protect his king’s realm. But that day will...
The Farseer Trilogy
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma. Born on the wrong side of the sheets,...
The World Tree rises up out of the seething clouds like a green mountain, lifting its children up to the light. All creation nestles in its gigantic branches: all take shel...
Hope and Red
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two people find a common cause. Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor's forces, is secretly tr...
The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures...
The Ember Blade
A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questione...
In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: