Kristin Cashore Graceling
471 pp. Graphia. 2008 ISBN: 978-0-547-25830-0
Some Gracelings are top chefs, others are skilled warriors. Katsa’s Grace is the ability to kill a person with her bare hands; a Grace she discovered at the tender age of eight. Katsa doesn’t enjoy having the reputation of a cold-hearted killer, courtesy of her king who uses her to do his bidding. Once she meets Po, Graced with skills in combat, her life begins to change. Katsa learns to open herself to others, while she learns some new truths about her Grace and her world. Kristin Cashore’s debut novel was a pleasant surprise. I don’t always enjoy fantasy novels, but Graceling had me hooked from start to finish. Cashore is a gifted story teller who has created an unforgettable world. S.A.