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In the Seven Kingdoms, certain lucky people are given a Grace, a phenomenal talent that can manifest in everything from dancing to swimming... or, in teenager Katsa's case, killing. As the king's niece, she can't hide her Grace, and soon finds herself trapped in the role of using it as his brutal enforcer. But when Katsa meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, everything changes.

Po doesn't fear Katsa's Grace; instead, he understands and respects her. And he also makes her realize that she must stand up against the tyrannical king. As Katsa grows to understand the true treachery of her kingdom, she creates a Council that will offer justice and protection to those who have been used or abused. And along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace... and how to put it to good use. This is a thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.

Fans of this book will love the companion novels, Fire and Bitterblue.

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"Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be." — Heidi Broadhead

Product Details

Recommended Age 14 and up
Author Kristin Cashore
ISBN 0547258305
Publication Date Sep 7, 2009
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Series Name Graceling
Language English