I lost a night of sleep and a day of work to this book. Usually drawn to
decidedly toothier fare, I was ready for a little treat. I was not prepared for
an all-encompassing vortex of storytelling that would render all of my other
responsibilities utterly unimportant. Both a gripping adventure tale and a
moving portrait of a tempestuous, beautifully flawed young woman coming of age,
Graceling marks the debut of a truly gifted writer.
Every so often in The Seven Kingdoms, a child is born with mismatched eyes. These children are Graced, or gifted, with an extreme skill, and are sent into the service of the king as their Grace develops. Some are Graced with mind-reading, cooking, or dancing, but Graceling's heroine, Katsa, is Graced with fighting. She can clear a room of 20 armed men in minutes, with her bare hands. She's ten times faster and stronger than any soldier...
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