Book Review

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

Rating: 4 / 5

The Graceling series by Kristin Cashore has been on my list of fantasy series to check out, so when I saw the #Gracelingalong readalong announced, I decided to join in. GRACELING is the first in the series.

GRACELING follows Katsa, a young woman who has had the ability to kill since she was young. She has been put to work by her uncle the king, forced to act on his behalf using her grace to kill. Gracelings like Katsa all have abilities of great skill, though they differ vastly between different individuals. When she meets Prince Po and begins to uncover secrets behind her power, her world opens up to new possibilities beyond her life serving the king.

I was sucked into this book very quickly, so I’m very excited to continue on with the series over the coming months. There is a lot to learn about the world and the graces, but I think the author did a good job of explaining while while mixing in plot with adventure and romance. As with any fantasy, it takes a bit to get past the learning to the real story, but I thought that went fairly smoothly here. There are three more books to go in the series, so there is much more to get to.

Katsa is an interesting character. She has been murdering people since she was eight and she’s lived under an assumption that this is all she really can do. Finding out she has agency and can make changes in her life opens her character up a bit more and I look forward to seeing more character growth from her going forward.

This was a good start to the Graceling journey! I haven’t seen any announcements recently for the readalong, so may just take the rest of the series at my own pace, but I look forward to seeing what comes next!

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