Book Review- Graceling (by Kristen Cashore)

I chose this book because I read the prequel, Fire. I really enjoy the stories that Cashore writes; her books are so creative exciting to read.


This book is about a woman, Katsa, who is gifted with the grace of survival. One of her eyes is green, while the other is blue; this is because she is graced. In her world, special people have graces, which means they are gifted with a certain power. This book is about finding herself and figuring out her power, also, she is able to find love. Katsa travels and figures out who she truly is. She also learns that everyone can have a weakness; even if you are lucky and gifted with survival. You should never think your unbeatable, you should know your strengths and your weaknesses.

One of the characters in this book is named Po, he is the love interest of Katsa. I would want to meet him because he seems determined to fight for the greater good. He seems really nice and he definitely helped Katsa figure out who she was. Po has one gold eye and one silver eye, because he is graced as well. (I don’t want to ruin the plot and tell you his grace…sorry)

I really liked this book and would give it 7 out of 10 stars. The plot of Graceling is really good, but her writing is pretty intelligible; i.e. it’s really easy to understand…and kind of boring because of that. I would recommend this book to people who like romantic fiction with a bit of magic. It’s not exactly magic but, it’s just not natural.

This book is kind of like Reign. Reign is a t.v. show that’s about a queen ruling. It reminds me of Graceling because the plot is kind of similar, how the plot changes often, and just the overall theme, is quite similar in my opinion. The queen in Reign and the woman, Katsa, in Graceling are both similar because they cannot be controlled and they are strong female characters.

I think the main idea of this story is that no matter what you’ve got to keep trying harder and keep going, even if you know you might fail. I think that Cashore is trying to tell us that sometimes you believe you’re unbeatable, but somewhere out there, someone can easily beat you. You might not want to believe you are beatable but, you are.

Book suggestion (in this order)Graceling, Bitterblue and Fire (all by Kristen Cashore)

Thanks for reading! 🙂 Please check out some of my other posts to get good reading suggestions. Feel free to comment below!


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