Graceling, by Kristin Cashore (2008)

Genre: Fantasy
Interest Level: 12-Adult
GracelingThe perfect choice for those who liked Hunger Games or City of Bones, or who found Twilight disappointing because of its powerless female protagonist. Not so this character! Katsa is headstrong, independent and powerful. She is Graced with the power to kill, a power that makes her the pawn of the King who sends her out to threaten those who do him wrong, or fail to do right by him, financially and otherwise. Katsa chafes under the King’s control, and finds a way to restablish herself as the master of her own destiny. She befriends another Graceling, and together they discover a terrible secret that threatens the stability of the seven kingdoms, a secret that may be too powerful even for Katsa to defeat. Along the way, Katsa grows from a rather prickly and suspicious female warrior into a confident and determined defender of what is right. Swordplay and understated romance, lots of bloodied animals, and some cutthroat politics increase this book’s appeal beyond the YA crowd. Cashore has followed this finalist for the Andre Norton award with pair of companion novels, rather than sequels.
More discussion and reviews of this novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6114777-graceling

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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