I’m so sad to be posting this review, because that means I really am done with reading it. And I just didn’t want this book to end. Ended much too soon, in my opinion. But let me back up…
Graceling is about Katsa. Katsa lives in one of the 7 kingdoms, the niece to King Randa. Katsa is Graced with the ability to kill. (Seriously, crazy good at killing. Actually has to work hard to NOT kill people on accident.) But this “talent” is one that outcasts her and means that the king uses her for his dirty work. She doesn’t want to hurt people and is tired of the corruptness of the kings (including her uncle) and so she forms a secret group that tries to help people and undo some of the harm that kings tend to inflict. When she rescues a royal grandfather who was kidnapped, she also meets Prince Po. Po has the Grace of fighting, and in him she finds a suitable opponent – and surprisingly, a friend. Together they set out to find out why the royal grandfather was kidnapped, and stumble across a deep, dark secret that threatens all of the seven kingdoms…
Okay, so why exactly did I love this book? Let me list the ways…
1. The whole Grace thing is a cool idea. Graced people have two different colored eyes, and it kind of freaks people out. And seriously, I wish I was Katsa. She kicks ass. But yeah, it’s a really neat world that the author invented here.
2. Katsa is a GREAT character. She’s tough, she’s intelligent, she’s honest with herself, she’s unconventional… I just thought she was great.
3. Po is just as great, maybe even a little better. I REALLY like Po. He was such a sweetheart, but still teasing and confident and uber-cool.
4. Great cast of other characters as well… Bitterblue and Raffin were easily likable, and even the baddies were fun to hate. And the big bad evil person actually was pretty scary.
So yeah. This might be the best YA novel I’ve read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down. I’m seriously debating whether I like it more than The Hunger Games… I think I might. It’s a more original story, and the characters are easily likable. My only disappointment is that there’s no sequel to Katsa and Po’s story. But I will be picking up the next in the series, which is actually a prequel, called Fire. Can’t wait!
5 stars :o)