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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015206396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063962
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.4 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this debut fantasy, Cashore treats readers to compelling and eminently likeable characters and a story that draws them in from the first paragraph. . . . This is gorgeous storytelling: exciting, stirring, and accessible. Fantasy and romance readers will be thrilled." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Intrigue, death, love, a little sex, and pitched battles create a sure winner for mature fantasy fans."--VOYA (4Q, 4P)

"With a butt-kicking but emotionally vulnerable heroine, [Graceling] should appeal to fans of recent girl-power urban fantasies, as well as readers who've graduated from Tamora Pierce's Tortall series."--Horn Book

"Cashore strikes a strong balance between adventure, drama and romance--bloody battles and sexual tension co-exist in equal measure--and Katsa's combination of pride in her unique talents and vulnerability in her self-doubts make her a strongly sympathetic character. Readers will identify closely with this young woman, whose coming of age also involves coming to terms with a talent that is both a blessing and a curse."--BookPage, November 2008

"Graceling is the wonderful new book by Kristin Cashore about a girl with grace, but who is no Audrey Hepburn. Katsa's extreme special skill, her ‘grace,’ is that she's able to kill people with her bare hands (ouch). In a world of seven kingdoms, Katsa is certainly considered a bad-ass and is respectably feared. Ultimately though, the graceling ends up being shamelessly used by her own family to fight and torture their enemies... until she meets Po . . . There's been a ton of early praise about this debut novel -- so much so that I think it's safe to say there's an official buzz."--Ypulse

"However, as in every season, a few other titles have risen to the surface as potential hits, based on pre-pub buzz, online chatter and word-of-mouth. We've singled out four for particular notice: three are inventive fantasy novels, and one is a harrowing memoir. Publishers and booksellers alike believe these books have what it takes to cut through the noise of a very full season."--Publishers Weekly online

"The teenage characters in this novel, like those we may know in life, grow into their graces. They realize that their monstrous individuality is not so monstrous afterall."--The New York Times Book Review

"Discovering one's true identity and powers is a common theme in young adult literature, but Kristin Cashore, with compelling characters and an ease in combining genres--fantasy, mystery, adventure, romance--develops this theme with enormous freshness."--Newsday

" 'Graceling' offers a fresh view of the process of learning self-mastery and has a knee-weakening romance that easily rivals that of 'Twilight'."--LA Times

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR Graceling:

 

“Here’s a WOW of a book! Seeing half-wild Katsa learn humanity as she battles soldiers, storms, and her own obsessive nature—I HAD to know how it ended!” —Tamora Pierce

 

“Katsa and Po are wonderful: They make me want to cheer. Due to a strong heroine, a supportive hero, political intrigue, and action throughout, this is a book I’ll share with my daughter.” —Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely

 

“I can’t remember when I last was this impressed by a new fantasy. Kristin Cashore’s voice is fresh and fluent...the end result is a story that you tear through so that you can immediately start again at the beginning and read it with the care it deserves. A truly spectacular novel.” —Susan Hirschman, founder of Greenwillow Books

 

FROM THE AUTHOR:

 

“I’ve always been a daydreamer; as a child I always lived far from school, and distinctly remember cherishing the long drive, because it was good daydreaming time. Graceling grew from daydreams I had about a girl with extraordinary fighting powers who loved a boy with whom she was insurmountably incompatible.” —Kristin Cashore

 



“Katsa and Po are wonderful: They make me want to cheer. Due to a strong heroine, a supportive hero, political intrigue, and action throughout, this is a book I’ll share with my daughter.” —Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely

“A brilliant, unforgettable story. I consumed Graceling in one sitting, awed by its originality, breadth, and humanity. For a first novel - for any novel - this book is extraordinary.”
—Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen


“I can’t remember when I last was this impressed by a new fantasy.  Kristin Cashore’s voice is fresh and fluent.  The characters are memorable, the plot filled with surprises—all of which are entirely plausible—and the end result is a story that you tear through so that you can immediately start again  at the beginning and read it with the care it deserves.  A truly spectacular novel.”
—Susan Hirschman, Founder of Greenwillow Books


«"With this riveting debut, Cashore has set the bar exceedingly high."  --Publishers Weekly, starred review


«“Katsa is an ideal adolescent heroine, simultaneously confident of her strengths yet unsure of her place in the world. . . . In a tale filled with graphic violence and subtle heartbreak, gentle passion and savage kindness, matter-of-fact heroics and bleak beauty, no defeat is ever total and no triumph comes without cost. Grace-full, in every sense.”  Kirkus Reviews, starred review ( 9/01/08)

«“An impressive first novel, this well crafted and rewarding fantasy will leave readers hoping for more.” Booklist (starred review)

«“This is gorgeous storytelling: exciting, stirring, and accessible. Fantasy and romance readers will be thrilled.”—School Library Journal (starred review)



"With a butt-kicking but emotionally vulnerable heroine, [Graceling] should appeal to fans of recent girl-power urban fantasies. . . . "

"Cashore strikes a strong balance between adventure, drama and romance--bloody battles and sexual tension co-exist in equal measure--and Katsa's combination of pride in her unique talents and vulnerability in her self-doubts make her a strongly sympathetic character. Readers will identify closely with this young woman, whose coming of age also involves coming to terms with a talent that is both a blessing and a curse."--BookPage, November 2008

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

KRISTIN CASHORE is a freelance educational writer who writes content for textbooks and teacher editions, as well as book reviews for The Horn Book Guide and other publications. Kristin received her master's degree in children's literature in 2003 from Simmons College, where she worked with Liza Ketchum and was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trang T. Ly on June 12 2009
Format: Hardcover
I normally don't bother writing reviews about books that have a million reviews already, especially when I have nothing new to add...but this is going to be one of the few exceptions, because I can NOT not say something great about Graceling.

- The story starts off very action packed and doesn't waste time building up to the good stuff....you'll be hooked from the very first chapter.

- Good characters make for a good book...and Graceling's characters were phenomenal! I normally don't like over powering female leads (they often come off as trying much too hard), but Katsa is easy to relate to, likable and I actually understand her charm (she attracts people to her for a good reason, not just because the author wants her to be some kind of perfect twit). I won't say much about the other characters, but I'll say there was not one character I thought did not belong in the novel, every character that appears was necessary for the story to be as great as it was.

- Although the basis of the story was not all that original (I found myself reminiscent of the Study series by Maria V. Snyder), I found Cashore still manages to surprise with enough plot twists that make the story unpredictable and worth the 8-9 hours it took to read.

- Graceling has plain old good writing! I've read many failed attempts at boring "on the run from the law" type stories before, and I'll tell you that it's not easy to make days of "hiding out in the bushes" sound interesting (Even JK Rowling had me yawning at times in Deathly Hallows), but Cashore does it with style. At four AM in the morning I decided another 4 hours was reading was worth finding out what happens. Annnnnd this is the first book that I felt real tears falling for since junior high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zafri M. on April 11 2010
Format: Paperback
Graceling was an interesting novel set in a fantasy world where people are born with "graces" which are basically great aptitudes in a certain area. No one is shooting lasers from their eyes or controlling the weather, but you could be graced with fighting, for example. The main character is a standard "tough chick" who is being controlled but trying to make a positive difference in the world. The second main character is someone with a secret to hide, but I won't give away any spoilers. It was a quick read, and was fairly enjoyable, but I'm going to have to recommend this to a younger audience only. It's too much of a stock "finding your inner strength and finding love" story for my liking.

Characters: 6/10. They seem a bit too much like "stock" characters to me, although with some modifications.
Pacing: 7/10 Pacing was fairly good. Always some kind of mystery/conflict to keep you reading.
Plot: 7/10 A bit simplistic for my tastes, but still very well done and I'm sure it'll keep the YA audience reading
Worldbuliding: 6/10 I look for greater depth in worldbuilding. Some of the secondary characters are decently done, and the "magic" system is explained, I still wish I knew more about how the graces worked. I assume this will be coming down the pipes in later novels, but I still feel like the world was a playground for the plot to occur in, rather than a real, living, breathing, world.
Style: 7 Very simple style, easy to read. Good at avoiding violence, sex, swearing to keep it tailored to the YA audience and younger. Not as much conflict as I would come to expect from characters in their circumstances, but well-suited to its target market.
Total: 33/50 A fun read with some interesting, if not incredibly 3d, characters. Sure to please younger female readers with the tough little heroine, and a younger audience in general. On the other hand, it seems that many other people LOVED this book, so I'd recommend reading a few sample chapters first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on Nov. 1 2009
Format: Paperback
I wanted to read this book a lot because of all the great reviews it was given. I must admit I found it a little hard to get into a first because I had never read anything that took place so long ago. The way everyone talked back then took a little to get used to like the terms "My Lord" and "My Lady" and just picturing it all was hard. Once I got past that and put myself right there with the characters I was hooked! I loved this story, it had so much adventure and the Romance was great! I fell in love with Katsa the main character, she was rough and tough but that was expected with what she went through and what she was "used for". It wasn't just the guy in this story being the protector; it was so good for a change! I am excited to read fire, even though It is about different characters but I do believe there is another story coming called "Bitterblue" with Po and Katsa as well as some other characters from Graceling and Fire. I Can't wait!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 15 2009
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I bought this book primarily because of the customer reviews that precede mine - they were all very positive so I thought I'd take a chance. Boy am I ever glad I did! This was a fantastic story with vivid characters. I LOVED it! The only unfortunate thing was that it ended... Hopefully there will be a follow up book, and if there is, I'll be there just waiting to grab it. This is definitely a keeper!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Heather on Aug. 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book was certainly a surprise! Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down until I found out how it would end! The author has left room for a sequel ...which I hope she does write. I loved the heroine Katsa and her friend/partner Po..their characters were beautifully written and the reader gets lost in their story as well as the adventure and difficult situations they find themselves in.
Bravo!
Look forward to reading more from this author!
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