Friday, April 9, 2010
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I finished reading this book last Saturday. For a week I have been reflecting on the wonderful pool of talented YA authors out there and Kristin Cashore is definitely one of them. Graceling is Cashore's debut YA novel. It is impeccably written with details that add to and broaden the story and the reader's understanding of the characters and their motivations. The plot is exciting, often exhilarating, and quite unique.
The tale is about Katsa, a graceling, or a person born with a particular talent. Her talent is an amazing ability to fight, even kill if need be. Because of her "grace" she is used by her uncle for henchman-like duty around the kingdom and everyone is afraid of her, until she meets Po. Po, a Prince from a neighboring kingdom, is also graced. With his grace Po is able to help Katsa redirect her talents and her strengths and to break away from her oppressive uncle. But the adventures and the tension increase as the two friends go out together to try to find answers to the mysterious kidnapping of Po's grandfather.
I do want to give this warning- there are a few R-rated scenes in the book so I would not recommend this book for younger teens. Fantasy and romance readers will be thrilled with this book as will readers looking for just a well-told, exciting tale. I look forward to reading the prequel, Fire.