GRACELING

August 8, 2008 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

So, via Mini Book Expo, I received a copy of Graceling, a stunningly fantastic novel by Kristin Cashore. It’s a rich teen fantasy, taking place in a world where a few people are born with extraordinary gifts and skills, called a Grace. One such graceling, Kasta, has a remarkable ability to kill. When the book opens, she is working for her Uncle Randa, dealing out punishments, torturing and killing. The story that follows is, essentially, a coming-of-age story as Kasta struggles to right the wrongs she’s committed, and to champion for good. Throughout her struggles, she finds strength in her friends, and ultimately herself.

What did I love about this book? Pretty much everything. It’s a fantastic tale involving a strong female protagonist. Kasta is fabulous. She’s not led, she leads. She struggles with her power, and frees herself from the oppressive patriarchal rule of her Uncle Randa. Did I just give too much away?

Kasta’s strength and grace are really an allegory, and outward manifestation of the strength of mind she posses. The decisions in the book are all hers, and damn, but she gets things done. I love it, and you’ll love it too.

Also, being a bit of a graphic design lover, I have to mention the cover. It’s stunning, rich, and simply lovely. And, unlike many covers that suck me in, this one actually fits the story woven between the covers.

Available in October, from Harcourt!

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