In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable Katsa forms an underground Council, whose purpose is to combat the destructive behaviour of the seven kings - after all, the Middluns is only one of the Seven Kingdoms, each of them ruled by their own king and his personal agenda for power.When the Council hears that the King of Liend's father has been kidnapped Katsa investigates . . . and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap him, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced fighter who challenged her fighting skills, for the first time, as she and the Council rushed the old man to saftey? Something dark and deadly is rising in the north and creeping across the continent, and behind it all lurks the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king.
©2009 Kristin Cashore (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Rubens on 28-05-13

It's in my top ten!

I loved this book, the concept of grifted individuals. Villains, love, deceit, loss. It's all in there. The strong female lead is enjoyable and not too far fetched. Couldn't put this one down from the moment I began listening. You'll be in for a treat, though have a back up because you finish it in no time!

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2 out of 5 stars
By James Hall on 28-10-15


If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I suspect I was the wrong audience for this novel. It's more of a romance than a grand fantasy epic.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Cashore again?

Probably not, the characters and their motives seemed very one-dimensional and the world building was very simplistic.

Have you listened to any of Emma Powell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I definitely would - I found her voice, elocution, and acting all excellent, and would happily listen to another book narrated by her.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disinterest, mostly - I wanted to know more about the world and the Graces, but both feel more like plot devices to funnel the romance rather than driving forces in their own right.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Moonglotexas on 12-09-13

Absolutely Mesmerising!

Would you consider the audio edition of Graceling to be better than the print version?

Yes, though during the action scenes I was desperate to ensure the survival of key people, the audio version made sure I savoured the writing, the emotions and the subtle power shifts

What other book might you compare Graceling to and why?

It is in the league of the great series: Eragon, The Hunger Games, The Lynburn Legacy, Lunar Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments. It has the folklore feeling of Eragon and Lynburn, the war of The Hunger Games, the cheekiness of the Instruments and the creative setting of Lunar

Have you listened to any of Emma Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only the subsequent novels to this one, she is fab in all 3

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the two main characters come to together on the right side, and trust each, it's a pivotal moment

Any additional comments?

Loved it and the next two books, hungry for the fourth!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rick on 24-05-13

Super heroes in a fantasy setting

What made the experience of listening to Graceling the most enjoyable?

The reader has a voice that is easy to listen to, and I wouldnt be surprised if she is a voice actor, her characters are that good.

What did you like best about this story?

Unusual premise - what would a fantasy world with super heroes look like? A bit like X-men in Lord of the Rings perhaps. You never fear for the protagonist in an out and out fight, she's unbeatable. But she is vulnerable in other ways, and her super power - her grace - is not as straight forward as you might think.

While primarily a fantasy story, there is a romantic story in here, as well as a story of a woman who grows in the telling.

Any additional comments?

I found myself listening to the story in bed at night, not just in my car like I usually do with other audio books. Thats usually the sign of a book I'm really enjoying.

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