Katsa, is a graceling. A person with an exceptional skill in a particular area. Katsa’s ‘grace’ is the ability to kill, and this along with her fearsome reputation across all the seven kingdoms, as her uncle’s less than willing enforcer, has set her apart all her life.
As nobody in their right mind would want to get close to graceling who can kill, she has few friends, yet those she does have, she holds dear.
As she begins question her uncle’s actions, it’s those friends she trusts to help a lead the ‘council’ an organisation that looks to help those in need.
During the course of a secret mission on behalf of the council, she meets Po, another Graced fighter and the first person to come anywhere near to match skill in fighting. A bond slowly forms between the pair that causes each to discover startling truths about oneself, each other and the seven kingdoms.
Why, oh why, did I wait to read this?
Such a fun read!
Both the main characters were complex, compelling, and likeable, and ignoring their romance for now. One of the best things in the novel is their own personal growth throughout the novel, this is handled excellently and really adds a lot to the story, which whilst functional, isn’t fabulously original. It is touches like this however, that make the story ‘zing’ and stand out among other similar ones.
As a bloke, I also appreciated the fact that while their romance if a very strong part of the novel, it’s a slow believable thing entwined with they aforementioned character growth, and I love the fact that they did so, whilst beating the crap out of each other! 😉
A compelling ‘light’ fantasy, well worth the read and the companion novel, Fire, is most definitely on my wishlist.
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