‘Graceling’ Graced My Weekend



“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.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace-or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing word, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.”

Living in a world where people are Graced with talents sounds pretty cool. In the book ‘Graceling’ by Kristin Cashore you follow Katsa and her life as being a Graceling.


Expectations & Predictions

The description of this book immediately caught my attention. It sounded both strange and intriguing. I mean having a gift for killing sounds pretty odd but also interesting. I predict that a ‘graceling’ is something supernatural. Katsa’s life seems interesting but also really sad. Who would want to kill for a living? I can imagine that the romance between Katsa and Po to be difficult because killing all your life can have a serious effect on someone and it will but a strain on their relationship. The reviews were all good so I expect the book to be good.


In reality this book was somewhat liked I predicted but also a lot different. The effect of killing people since she was eight had an impact on Katsa’s life. She felt like she had no power or control in her life, like her life wasnt her own. So when Katsa and Po start to develop feelings for each other it turns Katsa’s life upside down.



Katsa: When I first met Katsa she was different from what I expected. She was quite but intense. She doesn’t like wasting time and likes to get things done. Even though her grace is killing she doesn’t actually like killing but then again who would? She’s more of a tomboy, not really liking dressing up and worrying about beauty. Because she’s so focused on the missions she had going around and possible attacks she tends to be oblivious on some of the people around her. Katsa is so used to keeping her guard up and relying on herself so when Po says he will protect her it throws her off. She doesn’t like feeling vulnerable. I liked Katsa. I feel like her character really grew as the book went on. She was broken yet brave and strong. Overall she was an interesting character to read about.
Po: Po is also a Graceling like Katsa. He’s a bit arrogant and cocky but as the book goes on you see that he will do just about anything to protect Katsa. Unlike Katsa he’s not quite and intense, he’s sweet and sensitive. Even though Katsa can be complicated at times he’s always understands her and never forces her to tell him something she doesn’t want to. I liked Po as well. He’s sweet and caring. Towards the end of the book he faces and injury that will affect his everyday life yet he still manages to adapt and use his injury to make him stronger.


The romance between Katsa and Po was complicated yet easy. Katsa being the complicated one and Po being easy. They start off as being friends and it’s clear that they both really value that friendship but when they start to become more than friends it happens sudden. Katsa realizes that she cares about Po and values his company and immediately starts freaking out. One of the problems in their relationship is that Katsa never wants to get married or have kids. She never wants to feel like she belongs to someone like she did when she was Randa’s assassin but Po being the understanding person he is says the he will take her anyway he can get her.


In the beginning of the book the plot focuses on Katsa life being Randa’s assassin and her relationship with Po. While later on it begins to focus on Katsa and Po trying to solve a problem in Po’s family and Katsa growing as a character. The book was divided in parts and I feel like each part the book was focused on something else and I enjoyed that.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. I liked all the characters, I thought they were interesting and unique and I LOVED all the twist that happened throughout the book. It was unexpected and made the book more enjoyable. The only reason this book was not rated a 5 is because I wasn’t a big fan of how fast they jumped their romantic relationship. I liked how they were friends first but I think it was kind of random how Po just said I love but in the end this book was really entertaining and fun to read. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.


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