Graceling : Graceling

  • by Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Graceling
  • 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Rebecca Rubens


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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- James Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-04-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Ltd