Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 12Z5.3115109
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.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a 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.
Hardcover, 471 pages
Published on October 1, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 015206396X
ISBN-13: 9780152063962
15 Book Reviews
  • randomWednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    This is a really good book, but part of it is not good if you are not yet 12. There are some things that you shouldn't know about yet until then. Otherwise, this is a wonderful book, and is very interesting and delightful to read.
    • 0grace0
      0grace0Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm
      I really like this book. one of my favorite
      • 0grace0
        0grace0Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm
        I really like this book one of my favorite
        • ismileyface
          ismileyfaceFriday, February 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm44 stars
          I loved this book even though it took me a while to read it.
          • kasmira
            kasmiraSunday, November 6, 2011 at 8:53 am
            Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight. She's one of the rare people in her land who has a "graceling", someone born with an extreme skill. She also happens to be the king's sister's daughter, and has to do all of his dirty work. This means she has to do the warnings of the king, going and hurting others who do not listen to the king, and this is not one of her favorite things to do. Then she meets Prince Po, who is graced with combat skills. She leans the secret of her own graceling, and a terrible secret in another kingdom. Her and Prince Po embark on an adventure together to save the kingdom who could destroy all other kingdoms.