May 8, 2009
April Book of the Month
The Graceling- Kristin Cashore
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 world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
So refreshing that the heroine is not a helpless, pathetic girl. Katsa is a strong, independent female who is graced with a superhuman ability. She meets Po who is also been graced and together with the council they try to take down the bad guy. I liked that it was different, and fun.