How many stars would you give this book?
What grade level would you recommend this book to?
9th and up
Graceling follows the journey of young Katsa, who is Graced with killing. This makes her a Graceling, one of the few people in her land born with an extreme skill. Katsa is the niece of the king, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work under him and do his dirty work. Kasta meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills. Her relationship with the prince develops, and they becoming training partners, working to develop both of their Graces. However, she begins to learn the truth behind not only her own Grace but also the Graces’ of several other Gracelings in the kingdoms. Learning these secrets sends her on a journey rougher, farther, and more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. As the book progresses, we learn more about the stories behind Katsa and Prince Po, making them both well-developed and interesting characters. However, many of the other side characters in the novel lack depth, making them not very compelling characters. The book is written solely in Katsa’s perspective, giving the reader a close look at her thoughts and actions. This writing style doesn’t leave much of Katsa’s character up for interpretation but does leave the other characters a mystery. Graceling is a YA fantasy. I think that it is a good example of its genre as the book involves magical elements and realistic elements along with violence and romance. I enjoyed the plot of the book, but I did, however, find it to be a bit slow at some points. Because of this, I would recommend the book to others, but only rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars.