Title- Graceling. (#1 in the Greaceling Realm series.)
Author- Kristin Cashore.
Publish date- 2008.
(A brief) Synopsis:
Kasta has a deadly Grace- the Grace of Killing. Ever since she was a child her uncle the King has exploited her powers and left the Lady Kasta terrified of herself. Only, not too terrified to fight for the rights of others, even if they all fear her.
What I thought:
I wasn't merely taken in by this book, picked up and carried along for the duration and then gently let down- I was confronted by it. I was a part of it and I'm still reliving bits even now! There was fear and terror, humor and scenes that made me smirk and laugh, and it was all so beautiful. Wonderful. Exquisite.
I feared for the characters so much, though whenever I thought something might happen it invaribly didn't and things went on quite the other way, keeping me constantly alert and always knocking me off guard. It was a terrifying read, as such, because I had no idea what would happen and I was totally at the mercy of the plot, heart pounding and mind racing as I turned page after page.
Graceling is full of surprise and characters who are so alive it's as if they are truly breathing alongside me, and I cared for them- for their safety- an awful lot.
Kasta, the protagonist and unargubly one of my new favourite characters, is full of fire and fear and hope, and it's a surprising combination that makes for a glorious character- a glorious character who is full of wit and wonderfully sharp remarks, I may add. Kasta stands out, and she stands tall and with a multitude of strength.
The relationship she has with Po, also one of my favourite characters now, though mostly because of the conversations the two have, is so mixed and dimensional and there is almost palpable fear, because she is afraid to trust someone, because being let down and having to use her Grace to protect herself would be far, far worse than many around her could understand.
Graceling is an enlivening story.
It's thought provoking and very funny, often just when you need it, and ends on a note that makes me glad there are already two more books published.