After few months of not being able to blog anything, I finally have returned. And now, I’m back with Kristin Cashore’s Graceling.
Oddly, Kristin Cashore is an author I never really heard of before until I read Chachic’s review of this very book sometime last year that I made it a part of my to-buy list. And I can say that it didn’t let me down.
The summary of the book says:
Graceling is the story of Katsa, who has been able to kill people with her bare hands since she was eight. Katsa lives in the seven kingdoms, where very occasionally, a person is born with an extreme skill called a Grace. Gracelings are feared and exploited in the seven kingdoms, and none moreso than Katsa, who’s expected to do the dirty work of torture and punishment for her uncle, King Randa. But then she meets a mysterious stranger named Po, who is also a Graced fighter and the first person ever to challenge her in a fight. The two form a bond, and each discovers truths they never imagined about themselves, each other, and a terrible danger that is spreading slowly through the seven kingdoms.
I’ve had this book for, like, three months before I started reading it. I didn’t really have high hopes for this one, especially after watching its book trailer on Youtube that I really had bad impression to it. I am sorry. I know that I should only judge the book by the work itself, but the trailer was so bad I didn’t really think of it as any good.
However, when I finally had the free time (meaning, I can actually commit suicide in these times but I didn’t because my life is too precious), I finally let myself dive into the world of Graceling. And boy, was I so stupid to let that trailer deceive me.
For those of you who haven’t read the book yet, the book is called Graceling because it centers about a girl named Katsa who is one of those people who was born with what-so-called Grace. Each Graceling have dissimilar pair of eyes, and is feared by the people. Especially Katsa who was born with the Grace of Killing.
Katsa makes a great female protagonist, in my opinion. She’s really strong, probably the strongest, but is complicated when it comes to her emotions. But complications are the things that make this story really absorbing. From low expectations, it arouse dramatically that even I couldn’t believe that I waited so long before I finally decided to read it. Having to read Katsa in her maturation process was a real treat for me. And it wasn’t only that. The romance and the action both satisfied my craving in a read, and the magic of their world was not too magical that I was able to connect with it. It was more of an epic adventure novel than a young-adult, fantasy, romance one – which I also love, by the way.
I would recommend this book but not to everyone because the story has a strong message that might freak the conservative ones out. But this issue really attributed Katsa’s character which made her even more believable.
Graceling was excellently written by Kristin Cashore (and this is your debut novel — way to go, lady!), and will leave you even more thirsty for action and romance even though this book give a lot of them.
Five-out-of-five stars for this one!