“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
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.”
Set in a kingdom where a small percentage of the population are born with Graces, meaning they are super-dooper talented in one particular thing, any one found to be a Graceling immediately becomes property of the king. People can have all sorts of Graces, from cooking, to dancing, and in Katsa’s case, killing. Katsa spends her early life being the king’s goon and beating/killing people for him. And then one day she decides that it probably isn’t the life she wants, and well who is going to stop a Graceling graced with killing? You? No? I didn’t think so.
I absolutely love this book. Mainly for Katsa. Katsa is awesome. A little overly aggressive, but we all have our flaws. Po (the love interest) and Bitterblue (a little girl in need of a bit of a rescue) are also awesome characters. There’s tons of action and witty banter and it’s just great.
Although this book is a trilogy, with Graceling, and then the sequel, Bitterblue, and the prequel, Fire, I think it is far better as a stand-alone. Mainly because I read Fire and hated it, and I never bothered with Bitterblue as a very trusted friend told me it’s even worse. But you never know. It could be awesome and I just dont know it. But even despite terrible sequels, I recommend Graceling because I loved it.
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