Add your rating See all 56 kid reviews. In the world of the Seven Kingdoms, a few people are born with Graces -- talents beyond the ordinary.
Sep 22, Miss Clark rated it it was ok Recommends it for: To view it, click here. I wanted so badly to like this book. It has so much going for it. It is original and inventive.
I never once caught myself thinking, "Now, where did I read that before? Oh, right, in the last three books! Her prose was clear and lucid, though there were passages that dragged and made me want to skip ahead.
So, pacing was occasionally a pro I wanted so badly to like this book. So, pacing was occasionally a problem, but not the actual words themselves. I thought it quite notable, especially as a debut.
Yes, that dreaded however. But before we get to that, a quick disclaimer. I certainly have no say on what Cashore did or did not intend the book to say. Personally, I appreciate being able to discuss something that a book mentions and which allows me to think of it in an entirely different light.
I am fully aware that many might feel that this review is biased and unfair, written from a narrow-minded, hidebound mentality. How dare I allow my personal convictions to color my view of a book I read?
Especially a fantasy book that clearly takes place in a world that is not this one. But before you comment to let me know that I am a horrible disgrace and disappointment as a human for allowing my personal convictions to color my view of a book that I have read, please take a moment to know that I am not allowing any comments on this review.
I had nearly 50 comments on this review and I ultimately chose to delete them when the vitriolic, contemptuous comments kept coming. For those of you whose opinions differed, but who chose to share that contrary opinion with civility and tolerance, I would like once more to extend my sincerest thanks, especially to Ariel and Angie.
For the others that commented to agree or say thanks for the review, I hope it helped. So, back to that however. My issue is that firstly, what Po and Katsa have is not love. But love, "true love," is wanting what is best for the other person and doing whatever one can so that the other is able to move toward the best.
Thus, love is at its core sacrificial and giving. It is of transient emotional and physical benefit, but how does it benefit them ultimately?
But say she did love him. All well and fine. Granted, the concept of marriage within the confines of that secondary world might differ, it could be a total abnegation of self, but I never got that sense when they talked about marriages in their society.
In fact, at its core, marriage in our world is a contract of personal commitment between two people, but Katsa, while perhaps legitimately shunning marriage in her world, still has no desire to ever commit to Po in any way.
Given his affection for her, he would never have limited her freedom. But flip the coin. Where he was the one who would take whatever Katsa had to offer, but did not care enough to actually make any sort of commitment to her?
That likely would not go over as well. It is strange what a double standard we have in relationships, esp. We praise novels that show females as strong, independent individuals, even if that means they are also selfish and controlling, while we quite rightly condemn that sort of behavior in male protagonists.
But then not only are we giving a sad view of a "strong" woman, as if that is the only way to portray a vibrant and intelligent female, we are also touting a weak and ineffective masculine image that indicates that no male can be resourceful or a leader or else he is preventing the girl from being who she ought to be free to be When we did we stop striving for an ideal where both men and women complimented each other, each being allowed their own strengths, and being equals rather than always rivals and competitors?
So, again, a talented new author, but I have deep reservations about some of the messages in this book and I doubt I will recommend it to many people. Which is a shame considering the quality of the rest of the story, which is easily three stars for the prose, though the plot had a few spots that seemed out of place.Graceling - Wikipedia Graceling is a young adult fantasy novel written by American author Kristin Cashore, her literary debut..
The book earned a place on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for and received generally favorable reviews.
With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore Published by Harcourt on January 1st Pages: 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 skill.
Kristin Cashore’s debut fantasy novel, Graceling, explores the interplay between power and morality. As the book begins, Katsa, the main character, is in the process of breaking into a dungeon. Graceling (Unabridged) audiobook, by Kristin Cashore Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing.
This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa. But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used -.
Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer.