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. She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace--or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away. . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
I like it alot. It's original, inventive and adventurous. The idea of being a Graceling, with unique skills, heterochromia, 7 kingdoms, medieval-ish setting, and the characters they're all Cashore's no one else's. You can never compare it to any book.
It took me a little bit of time getting used to this book. The character names aren't familiar, like it's Celtic, Irish or something really really old that nobody ever use anymore or maybe never been used. It's funny how I have to wrote down all the kingdoms and their kings' name and wrote it in a sticky note for reference so every time I read a name and I would check and say, stuff like - "oh yeah King Leck is from Monsea." it's not only the names, it's also our main gal, Katsa. She's a little too much of a bad ass and so emotionally absent, that I can't relate to her, but then came Prince Po and everything got better. From controlling her anger, to defying her Uncle without a bloodbath, to falling in love and into discovering that her grace is not really killing but...I'd rather not say it. The only thing that I disagree on this book was the ending, I mean really what the heck was that? Po's condition and their relationship, it feels so unconcluded. Will there be a sequel? Because the next book I think goes back 30 or so years ago before Graceling.