Published by: Graphia
From Goodreads: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight — she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme, and in her case horrifying, skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace — or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
I absolutely adored this book. Graceling was a wonderful debut novel for Cashore with a new take on paranormal. This novel was very well written, with enough action and adventure, and a touch of romance to make it hard to put down. Katsa was the perfect lead character who was strong not only physically but also in character. You could easily relate not only to Katsa, but to most of the main characters in the novel. Some of these characters were more well rounded than others, but that's to be expected when you have so many in one novel. Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I can't wait to read the prequel, Fire.