Today I’m reviewing Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which took me aaagessss to read. As I explain later in the review, part of the delay was due to the fact that the pacing is a bit slow. On top of that, I had just started summer classes and my boyfriend stayed with me during the week, so I did not do much reading then.
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend.
She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…
My Review for Graceling:
There wasn’t really a plot until probably halfway through the story. And personally I felt that the plot was all over the place. Without giving too much away, Katsa goes on a mission about a quarter to a third of the way through the book to search for something. But then the plot changes, and suddenly her mission is caring for a little girl.
This is a very redeeming aspect of Graceling. I love how Cashore wrote the characters, especially Katsa and Po. However, the younger character, Bitterblue, feels like a younger version of Katsa and not incredibly unique.
I’ll be honest, it’s slow. Things move glacially, and there are hardly any climactic moments in the novel. This book is great as a high-fantasy book that focuses on world-building. But if you are looking for high-speed chases, you may not enjoy this.
Truly? I really enjoyed Graceling, actually. It was a nice break from a lot of the other YA fantasy novels that were recently released. It was kinda nice to slow down for a bit, and the characters were refreshing.
I give Graceling a solid 3.5/5 stars!
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