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Graceling

By Kristin Cashore

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 22 January 2009
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 killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable Katsa forms an underground Council, whose purpose is to combat the destructive behavior of the seven kings - after all, the Middluns is only one of the seven kingdoms, and each of them is ruled its own king with his own personal agenda for power. When the Council hears that the King of Liend's father has been kidnapped Katsa investigates ...and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap him, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced fighter who challenged her fighting skills, for the first time, as she and the Council rushed the old man to saftey? Something dark and deadly is rising in the north and creeping across the continent, and behind it all lurks the shadowy figure of a one eyed king ...

About the Author

Kristin Cashore is an exceptional debut novelist. She lives in Florida.

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Stunning fantasy debut Readable, gripping, commercial and emotive, Graceling is a true read-until-you've-finished-it book This novel has everything: superb concept, great characters, perfect villains and a powerful coming of age story Perfect for the core fantasy readership but not offputting for casual fantasy readers The Graceling Trilogy has already sold in Germany, in a pre-empt deal, and gone to auction in France There is already a buzz about this title

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Gr 8 Up-In this debut fantasy novel, Cashore treats readers to compelling and eminently likable characters and a story that draws them in from the first paragraph. In Katsa's world, the "Graced," those gifted in a particular way, are marked by eyes that are different colors. Katsa's Grace is that she is a gifted fighter, and, as such, she is virtually invincible. She is in the service of her tyrannical uncle, king of one of the seven kingdoms, and she is forced to torture people for infractions against him. She has secretly formed the Council, which acts in the service of justice and fairness for those who have been accused and abused. Readers meet her as she is rescuing the father of the Lienid king, who has been abducted. The reasons for his capture are part of a tightening plot that Katsa unravels and resolves, with the help of Prince Po, the captive's grandson. He has his own particular Grace, and he becomes Katsa's lover and partner in what becomes a mortally dangerous mission. Cashore's style is exemplary: while each detail helps to paint a picture, the description is always in the service of the story, always helping readers to a greater understanding of what is happening and why. This is gorgeous storytelling: exciting, stirring, and accessible. Fantasy and romance readers will be thrilled.-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Cashore's prose is smooth and unobtrusive. But for all its lightness of tone, Graceling is not a simple novel. indeed it deals with some very difficult subject matter. Its inevitable love story is sweetly unconventional and unabashedly feminist. Katsa herself is a rich character. The growth of her trust and self-esteem is the understated heart of the novel. This is always Katsa's story and enjoyable fast paced it is too. An immensely fun, good-hearted read." -- Nic Clarke SFX '[Thi] exquisitely drawn romance ... will slake the thirst of Twilight fans, but one measure of this novels achievements lies in its broad appeal. Tamora Pierce fans will embrace the take-charge heroine ... and while adult readers will enjoy the authors originality, the writing is perfectly pitched at teens struggling to put their own talents to good use. With this riveting debut, Cashore has set the bar exceedingly high.' Publisher's Weekly 'Cashore creates believable characters with enough depth, subtlety, and experience to satisfy older readers ... An impressive first novel' Booklist 'An assured fantasy debut... Katsa is an ideal adolescent heroine, simultaneously confident of her strengths yet unsure of her place in the world. Every character is crafted with the same meticulous devotion to human comprehensibility... In a tale filled with graphic violence and subtle heartbreak, gentle passion and savage kindness, matter-of-fact heroics and bleak beauty, no defeat is ever total and no triumph comes without cost. Grace-full, in every sense' Kirkus "The story flows at a decent pace with a story that gradually builds in intensity and a mystery that unravels at just the right speed to keep things interesting. Cashore knows what makes a good spectacle and, even though you know that Katsa absolutely has to win through, writes set piece scenes that buzz with excitement and action." GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW "For a debut novel, Graceling is well-written, nicely-structured and easy to read. The characters are well-drawn and the storyline intriguing enough to draw the reader along at a good speed. The notion of Graces, although not hugely original, is nonetheless explored in-depth throughout the book with some nice, logical extrapolations of the abilities on show." THE WERTZONE "A major strength of the writing is the imagery presented throughout the novel. The book is filled with very vivid descriptions of almost everything from castles, landscapes, courts, and the journeys that the characters go on. Kristin Cashore's 'Graceling' is a great start by a developing writer and I definitely look forward to seeing this writer grow with future novels as she shows tremendous potential." FANTASY BOOK CRITIC "It's a great debut novel that will suit those who like their Fantasy unabashedly romantic." SFF WORLD.COM "Graceling really does have something to offer everyone. An adventurous and enjoyable read." DEATHRAY

Three teens-Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie-each experience some Christmas magic during a North Carolina snowstorm. Cold Weather Appeal: Leave it to these teen authors-Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle-to use the convention of the three-in-one romance package both to honor and to make light of our modern holiday traditions. Why It Is for Us: The romantic relationships are secondary to all the cleverness. In the first story, Jubilee's parents are part of the "Flobie five," arrested for rioting over a Flobie collectible Christmas village. In Green's offering, a Waffle House becomes an unlikely destination for weary travelers and local teens in search of a miracle. And in the third story, Myracle re-creates It's a Wonderful Life, as the book's assorted revelers gather for the final scene not in George Bailey's living room but in a suburban Starbucks. Even the Grinchiest readers will surrender to the seasonal mayhem.-Angelina Benedetti Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780575084506
ISBN: 0575084502
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.8 centimeters (0.46 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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5 of 5 Stars! '

It is refreshing to see new science fiction coming out with original plots and admirable characters. The conflicts and pain that the reader is drawn into makes this an exciting new book to get into. This is not cliche or recycled, the ideas are inspired and the plot is exciting. Katsa is the type of heroine (even though she does some unsavoury things) that female readers admire in this type of work. I would definitely recommend this book to teenage - 20 year old females. It might be a bit too much for younger ones ie 10. A great read.

 
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