This is my second time reading Graceling. What with working at a children’s/YA bookstore for three years, and then working at a library and finally working on an MLIS, I haven’t had much time for rereading books. It was good to finally reread a novel that I enjoyed the first time around.
Katsa is Graced, meaning that she was born with an inherent and enhanced ability. She is a warrior, killing and performing violent acts for her uncle, the king of one of the seven kingdoms. Graceling is a story about her journey from being her uncle’s pawn to an individual, independent young woman who fights for what she believes is right. Like with any story about a coming-of-age, she makes some interesting discoveries about herself along the way.
This book is perfect for teen girls (and adult women!) who like strong female protagonists and can’t bring themselves to read Twilight. It’s also great for Twilight readers, to expand their horizons on the fantasy genre and the idea of a female protagonist. Although I would classify Graceling as fantasy, it would also have appeal to readers who don’t normally read fantasy – it’s sort of medieval fantasy, and there is actually no real magic in it, just the idea that some people are born with enhanced abilities.