by Kristin Cashore
Graceling started a little slow. In fact, I nearly put it down after the first couple of chapters. I don't handle a slow start very well, but I'm so glad I didn't give it up. Katsa was born with the Grace (which is kinda like a super power) to Kill. People who are graced are born with two different colored eyes - this is important.
The book opens on a scene where Katsa is carrying out a mission to rescue a kidnapped man - she is determined to not kill anyone and meets another person in the courtyard. Seriously, their discussion was only moments, she never saw his eyes, and I knew that was the love interest. Normally predictability of a love interest is something I expect and move past, but this time, it made me not like the story.
I kept on, and honestly I'm glad I did. Readers are in for an adventure that you aren't expecting. In a way Katsa reminds me of Elisa (from the Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy) because she is strong and doesn't need a hero to come along side and rescue her. On the other hand, Katsa is too independent and then, suddenly, she has all these feelings. She goes from a cold hearted killer to a teenage girl. I love character development, and this book was missing those elements I really enjoy.
Overall it was a great read! A nice change of pace from much of what I normally read.
Who will like this? People who like books driven by plot. Readers who enjoy a good adventure. Anyone who enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns series.
How much did I like this? 7/10 … it was a fun read, just a little average.
Will I read the rest of the series? Um … probably not, this first book tied up the ends quite nicely.