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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 26mm | 264g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 0575098147
  • 9780575098145
  • 116,808

About Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore is an award-winning author in the fantasy and YA genre. She has an M.A. in children's literature and has lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, Sydney, Cambridge, Austin, Italy and even London before settling, for the moment, in more

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I would just like to start off with stating that the blurb on the front cover is COMPLETELY MISLEADING. This book is NOTHING like twilight, there is not a single aspect that relates in any way to twilight besides the fact that the main character is a girl. Besides that, this is a amazing story with a vivid setting and brilliant storyline. The characters are really strong and I fell in awe of them from the first chapter. It was powerful and gripping and totally unique. Cashore has done a fantastic job of creating Graceling, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a well written fantasy. I don't feel like I've justified just how profound I found this. It was beyond more
by Naomi Impellizzeri
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