Magical March Challenge book review– Graceling by Kristen Cashore


Loved this book.  Love, love, loved this book.

The characters were complex, rich and sympathetic, with unique gifts called “graces” that can be both helpful and harmful.  Not magic in a sense, but a unique ability that can seem almost magical.  The world is detailed enough to give you a strong sense of place, but not so much that you feel like you are in a geography lesson.

The main character, Katsa, is strong and tough and her relationship with Prince Po will wrench your heart a good bit.

The w riting style manages to be both lush and spare at the same time.  I had the second book in this series already and the only thing that kept me from diving right in was the fact that it wasn’t on my challenge list. ;(

I will likely reread Graceling in the near future and recommend it highly to all lovers of YA fantasy.  THIS is the kind of book I want to write.

Have a great day everyone!


4 thoughts on “Magical March Challenge book review– Graceling by Kristen Cashore

  1. […] Graceling by Kristen Cashore  completed 3/7/2012 […]

  2. ashleybros says:

    This book is on my “books-i-love-more-than-people” shelf on Goodreads! I heard about it when a local kids’ bookstore started booktalking it to girls who came in asking for Twilight! It’s like a remedy to all the questionable values in Twilight. My review of Graceling here.

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