Published in: 2008
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 1 in the Graceling Realm trilogy
Katsa 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…
Why did it take me so long to read this trilogy? It’s amazing. It’s an interesting world where people who have two different coloured eyes have special abilities or powers, like Katsa- who is assumed to have the power of fighting, but ends up discovering that she actually has a different ability. She and Po are the perfect odd-couple, so well suited to each other and yet so angry and headstrong and totally bad for each other while being just so perfect. The end made me really sad, when Po was trying to push Katsa away, but she just accepts him as he is and it gave me the warm fuzzies because it was like awww, that’s true love right there.
I would like to learn more about the other realms though, they are mentioned but I’d love to have a bit more of an in-depth look into them, especially Po’s homeland, which sounds really lovely. Why is there only three books in this damn series? Why isn’t there any more books to satisfy my curiosity?
Graceling rating: 9/10. Really fantastic book
Would I re-read it? Yes I would
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of fantasy books. It reminded me of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, or the Study series by Maria V Snyder- those kinds of fantasy novels that feature a strong female lead, usually travelling through a fantasy city and world. Love these kinds of books!