Graceling | Mesmerising Fantasy

Graceling, Kristin Cashore’s first book was a welcome change from the standard rehashed fantasy so often found in book stores. A friend recommended the book and I must commend her taste in Fantasy. I devoured Graceling in record time.

The story follows Lady Kasta, a young woman with an exceptional talent for fighting. Marked by her mismatched eyes, one green and one blue, Katsa is easily recognised as King Randa’s graceling (gifted) enforcer. The king’s orders are becoming ever more unreasonable and Katsa strikes back by forming a secret  council of like minded people who promote justice over cruelty.

On a rescue mission for the Council Katsa meets Po, who is searching for his abducted grandfather. Together they become embroiled in a plot larger and more lethal than either of them suspected. It is clear from the start of the book that Katsa is no ordinary girl. Her budding relationship with Po is something all girls can relate to (I can’t speak for the boys here)  and both characters have tremendous depth.

Although the plot is intricate enough to carry the story by itself, the exceptional character building through subtle writing is what keeps one hoping for more. Cashore’s writing style is easy to follow and draws the reader in without all the excessive flourishes that some fantasy writers rely on.

 ★★★★☆ 

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