Graceling (Seven Kingdoms #1) by Kristin Cashore (Teen Fantasy/Adventure)

GracelingKatsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away.

Stars: 3.5/5

I really liked Katsa. She’s a strong female character and was from the beginning, but still continued to grow. She didn’t start off as weak only to become strong, she was always strong and I liked that. The idea of being graced appealed to me as well, a new and different take on having magic. In the beginning Prince Po’s grandfather was taken and the rest of the book, we believe, is about finding him and finding out why. But it becomes so much more than that and that was what I really liked about this book. The only thing I didn’t really like was how Po changed from the beginning of the book to the end of the book, I know certain things happened to change him, but it just felt like it came out of nowhere. I know the next few books are not about Katsa, though she makes appearances, so we’ll see if they match up to Graceling.

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