Thursday, March 3, 2011

CBR III Review #34: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

CBR III Review #34: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling is best described as a fantasy novel.  Kantsa (so close to Katniss I know) is a woman in her young teens.  She is known in her society as a Graceling.  Graceling are humans with special gifts.  Her talent happens to be fighting.  She could fight an entire room of men and survive.  Gracelings are marked by the fact that they have two different colored eyes.  Some Gracelings have the gift of persuasion, telepathy, navigation, etc.

The world in Graceling is separated in seven kingdoms all ruled by separate monarchies. The kingdom that Kantsa currently resides in is ruled by her Uncle and he uses Kantsa's special gifts to torture those in the kingdom that wrong him.  She decides to revolt against her Uncle by creating a special council that tries to right injustices across the kingdoms.  You first meet Kantsa as she is rescuing a kidnapped father of Lienid's King (one of the Kingdom's).  During the adventure she meets Po, the grandson of the captured man.  Together the two of them search the seven kingdoms on clues on why he was captured, and of course in typical Young Adult Fiction they start making the beast with two backs during their journeys.

The story is at first tough to get into as you get use to all the terminology and the new world but once you start to discover why this man was kidnapped the story picks up pace and actually becomes a lot of fun to read.  The novel is a part of a series but it ends in a satisfying way so you aren't compelled to track down the other novels immediately to find out what happens.

Product Details

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015206396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063962
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews
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