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GRACELING

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An assured fantasy debut grapples with questions of identity, authenticity and autonomy. Lady Katsa is a Graceling, with an inborn magical gift marking her as both feared outcast and exploitable resource. While her peculiar Grace—the unsurpassed ability to kill—has been honed over the years by her uncle the king to bully and punish, Katsa has also secretly used it to bring a measure of justice ... Read full review

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Best book I have ever read, and I've read many novels

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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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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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