Bookathon: Graceling

Book Five
Starting time: 8:55 PM
Ending time: 2:42 AM

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: High Fantasy
Pages: 471

Summary: Everyone fears Gracelings — and they fear Katsa most of all, for she’s Graced with the ability to kill. Her uncle, the King, uses her as a strong arm to bully his nobles, but Katsa hates being treated like a mad dog, and is determined to get out from under his thumb. Doing that, however, thrusts her into some international intrigue she never could have imagined…

Thoughts: Holy crap, did I love this book. It isn’t perfect, but it’s delightful and exciting and I love Katsa (and Po, and Bitterblue, and Raffin, and etc…). Really, it had me completely at this exchange:

Sighing, Helda carried the dress from the bathing room. “It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called, “with your dark hair and eyes.”

Katsa yanked at one of the more stubborn knots in her hair. She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”

This book is totally worth a full review someday, and I will absolutely a) reread it, and b) pick up Cashore’s next book when it comes out. Five cupcakes.

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    3 Responses to “Bookathon: Graceling”

    1. Gillian says:

      Graceling is one of those books that I almost immediately wanted to reread. It is also a book that I want to give to anyone who picks up Twilight, because it is everything that Twilight isn’t.

    2. Caroline says:

      October 5th = Fire’s release date (the next book by Cashore).

      It comes on the tale of the release of Catching Fire, the next book after Collins’ The Hunger Games (which is quite possibly my favorite book).

      So many good books, so little time!

    3. […] this was my favorite of Cashore’s trilogy (though I probably ought to reread Graceling under less frantic circumstances), though it still had its ups and downs for me. While I felt like Bitterblue was better in terms of […]

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