Tuesday, April 21, 2009

YA Review: "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore (rated 5 stars)

by Kristin Cashore

Kasta is a killer. At 8 years old, she started training with the king’s guards. At 8 years old, she killed a cousin with one strike.

For years, Katsa has done the bidding of her king, maiming or killing those who crossed him. But now in her teens, she no longer blindly executes orders. She questions their validity and has begun going out on her own to right those that have been wronged. She is graced, born with two different colored eyes that mark her as someone with a gift. Her gift is killing, or is it?

After years of working for the King Randa, Katsa finally draws enough courage to leave the kingdom and those she loves. She sets out to help another graceling find the truth behind an unexplained kidnapping. Along the way, she finds out more about herself and what she is capable of.

It is a great, fast-paced story. It is good for boys and girls. It is a romance but that does not take away from the intense fight scenes and the suspense of figuring out why the kidnapping happened. It is great for a summer read and you will not want to put it down.

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