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1 word AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I love this book while reading it I was totaly zoned out to the world it was just great to read.

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LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

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OH MY GOD THIS OOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMZING I'M AT A LOSS OF WORDS. I CANNOT DESCRIBE TO YOU MY FEELINGS FOR THIS BOOK.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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fabulous book! absolutely loved it! definitely for ages at least 12 and over- if u know what i mean

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i read this book last year & i could not put it down. i stayed up all night to finish this. it has a great plot and great depth in it. it is a awesome book that you will not regret picking up.

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In the Seven Kingdom, some people are Graced: recognized by mismatched eyes, the have a special talent, a Grace, of one sort or another. It could be cooking or swimming, or it could be mind reading. Or it could be killing.
Katsa has trained since she was a small child, learning to control her Grace such that she can disarm or injure instead of killing, something she does as rarely as possible. Like all Gracelings in the kingdom, she belongs to the king and must do as he asks. He asks for her to torture and kill his disobedient subjects, publicly, to bring fear and compliance from the rest of the populace. Behind the king’s back, she and few allies work against injustice in other kingdoms.
Katsa’s delicate equilibrium is disrupted with the arrival of a Graceling prince from a faraway kingdom. Unafraid to meet her eyes - one blue, the other green - Po asks questions she’s been trying her whole life not to answer.
Graceling revolves around identity. Gracelings, easily recognized by their eyes, their places in society are set, whether they are glorified slaves, cast-offs, or honored. Typically, a Graceling’s eyes settle before they demonstrate a particular aptitude for one thing or another; from that point on they are scrutinized until their particular skill becomes apparent. Then, society defines them largely by their Grace, but, as always, the gap between society’s identification and one’s self-identification has the potential to be vast. Being Graced magnifies this potential tenfold.
Katsa is seen as a Graced fighter at best, a Graced killer or a Graced thug at worst. She fears her Grace and hates much of what she does with it, but it cannot be ignored. She hates her reputation, but she knows it to be based in fact, and therefore cannot construct an identity for herself which does not revolve around the cruelty she perpetrates on the king’s behalf.
Luckily for Katsa, identities can be redefined, and both journeys and new acquaintances can catalyze such a reformation.
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(CAUTION: small spoilers)
This book was absolutely the best book that I have ever read before. I was drawn to the book by the second page and couldn't put it down afterwards. I really got into the
characters and the storyline. Kristin Cashore has a GREAT way of writing with emotion, and excitement. I felt as though the characters were real and all the happenings in the book were real as well. I was and still am living in the world of Katsa. For those of you who haven't read the best book ever, here is a preview: There are people born with a special talent called Graces. These go from as simple as climbing trees to as complicated as predicting weather; from as useless as talking backward to as helpful as mind reading. Katsa is a Graceling girl born with the Grace of killing. She is used as a torture instrument by her uncle, King Randa. She is tired of doing hideous things to innocent people so she creates the Council. The Council helps and protects people. In one of her rescue missions she comes across a Lienid named Po that she starts out disliking. As they begin in their adventure across the seven kingdoms, Po and Katsa begin to grow more fond of each other. They uncover secrets about themsleves and each other that even they did not know about themselves. And together they discover the mystery behind the seven kingdoms and about the strange king of Monsea.  

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This book was a wonderful exploration of a creative world and interesting characters. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but it did not take much away from the enjoyment of the book as a whole.

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Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.com
In most of the seven kingdoms, people born with a Grace--an extreme skill that they can perform above all others--are usually feared.
However, King Randa of the Middluns kingdom has exploited Katsa's ability to kill ever since her Grace surfaced at the tender age of eight. Katsa had even begun to think that maybe, in reality, she really was nothing but an attack dog, until one day she decided to follow her own will and let an innocent man live. Since then, she and her cousin, Prince Raffin, have put together a secret council to rescue people suffering from similar injustices.
During a rescue mission to free the father of the Lienid king from a dungeon in Sunder, Katsa squares off with a Graced Lienid man who is almost her equal in fighting. When he shows up in Middluns, Katsa is dismayed to learn that he is one of the Lienid princes, nicknamed "Po," in search of his missing grandfather.
Although Katsa is at first wary of his intentions, she soon finds a kindred spirit in Po, and the two grow close as they set off on a journey to solve the mystery surrounding the kidnapping of Po's grandfather. In Monsea, a kingdom isolated by mountains, Po's aunt and young cousin may be in grave danger...
Akin to the tales of Tamora Pierce, this story features strong female characters and an exciting medieval world full of magic and action. Definitely not one to miss!
**TRT Gold Star Award
 

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