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.
I must say, there was a ton of hype about this book from a ton of my friends on Goodreads. Which only made me want to read it more. I did love this book - a lot.
The character Katsa is so hard, but has her soft points. Although she is forced into harming and sometimes killing for her uncle, she decides to help others - to form the Council that will help those who are in need.
I fell in love with Po and his semi-arrogant behavior. The way he loved Katsa so openly and did not dare suggest to possess the woman who can kill without effort.
Princess Bitterblue also had the unique characteristic of being so regal at the age of 10. The way she dealt with the tragedy in her life was inspiring and the way that Katsa took care of her really softened me to Katsa's usually rough character.
And the plot, oh the plot. Kristin throws you right in with Katsa on a rescue mission and then backtracking to understand her background and why she acts the way she does. The action doesn't seem to slow, but for travel time on the different adventures.
This book has everything you could want in a fantasy - a unique world, amazing characters, and a plot to keep you on your toes and wanting more.
If you love fantasy, and you haven't read this book yet - you MUST!