Gracling is set in a world where parents fear that their baby’s eyes will change completely into two different colors. Once a baby’s eyes change they are then called a gracling and the King is notified. The King utilizes these kids as his own personal force to threaten others, to steal, or to do anything in which only a person with powers can come out alive.
In the first scene you are introduced to a gracling whose name is Katsa. Her ability allows her to kill a man with her bare hands, something she has been able to do since she was 8. She’s a likable character who is strong-willed and lets nothing stand in her way. With this ability to kill without a weapon she is scared beyond words but keeps her fear hidden from the King. While on one of her missions, Katsa runs into another gracelng called Po. WOW! Po is not the best name but his character is swoon-worthy. His eyes are gold and silver and he is graced with combat skills. I can’t give away too much about him because it would kind of ruin the story.
THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean I have re-read it over five times (my mom grounds me from buying books a lot so I am forced to look through old books.) But even so, it’s one of my tops. The story is so unique and I have had no luck in finding one that comes anywhere close. Graceling is full of adventure and has a great romance that knocks you to your knees. Now, this author has more books as part of this series but they are different characters, either in the past or future so, check out Fire and Bitterblue.
“Graceling offers a fresh view of the process of learning self-mastery and has a knee-weakening romance that easily rivals that of Twilight.”
I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!!!
Hey Savannah 🙂
It’s Helen and I’m in the same boat as you. I read way too much and so I’m stuck rereading the same books over and over… INCLUDING GRACELING!!!! I am honestly in love with this book (read it too many times to count) and I also own and have read Fire and Bitterblue. I recommend them both because they are just as awesome as the first book!
I agree that Po is swoon-worthy 😉 and his name is truly is amazing. But what intrigues me the most about Graceling is the setting. As I told your mom, I love writing, but the best part is not just weaving your own story with your characters but creating the world in which it all takes place. I’ve got to give Kristen Cashore a big thumbs up for her success.
If you haven’t already, read the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce.