Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The heroine of this fantasy/adventure/mystery/romance is Katsa, a young woman "graced" with the gift of fighting. Gracelings like Katsa are easily identified by their eyes that are two different colors. In the first chapter of the book, Katsa encounters another Graceling fighter named Po who becomes an important character in the book. After rescuing an old man from an unexplained kidnapping and renouncing her own king and kingdom, Katsa sets off with Po to discover who kidnapped Po's grandfather. What they find is another Graceling who has fooled the entire kingdom and must be defeated. There's plenty of action and adventure here, but also a pretty mature love story and a well-developed fantasy kingdom. Recommended for fantasy fans 8th grade and up.