by Kristin Cashore

5 avg rating
Book 2 of 112 in the Best Fantasy Books for Women
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Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.
Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year,’s Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, Booklist’s 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List
Don’t miss the sequel Fire, also a New York Times bestseller and ALA Best Book for Young Adults, winner of the 2010 Cybil for YA Fantasy/Sci Fi and the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.

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Anonymous | 2012-10-30 03:47:52
The Graceling trilogy is one of the best series I've ever read (and I read a LOT). I recommend it to anyone who likes a sweet twist to any book and dares for adventure.
Anonymous | 2013-11-22 03:52:26
Wanted to say how much I love this book series. My whole family loves and reads them.
Anonymous | 2015-03-15 03:51:36
I loved this whole series as well. The synopsis hits the nail on the head... politics, current women's affairs, a little bit of romance... The only thing I would add is the terrific world that is built in the series is HUGE and so much fun to revel in throughout the series. The author starts with the very limited view that Katsa has experienced and introduces us bit by bit as her world view grows and blossoms into beautiful complexity.
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