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Member:MsScarletB
Title:Graceling
Authors:Kristin Cashore
Info:Harcourt Children's Books (2008), Hardcover, 480 pages
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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (librarymeg, saltypepper)
    saltypepper: The heroines' voices are very similar, maybe due to their similar response to the awful circumstances they find themselves in.
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    Fire by Kristin Cashore (SheReads, Anonymous user)
    SheReads: Prequel to Graceling about different characters.
    Anonymous user: because you get the same different world paranormal thing and you get the romance and the good conquers evil
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    Aerrin99: Aerin and Katsa are both gifted women who struggle to find the line between respect and fear. Also, they kick butt.
    humouress: The way the heroines feel like outsiders because of their heritage is similar, as is the way the authors describe the way the heroines think.
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    espertus: Both Graceling and the Lioness quartet are stories of strong but vulnerable young women wanting to use their considerable powers for good and maintain their identity in the face of romance.
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    Aerrin99: For stories that feature interesting and strong woman matched with equally interesting and strong men, with a dash of danger, adventure, and magic tossed in, try either of these books!
    humouress: The way the heroines feel like outsiders because of their heritage is similar, as is the way the authors describe the way the heroines think.
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    C.Vick: While different in essence, I think Turner's Attolia books have a similar feel to Graceling.
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Some reviewers have been critical of character depth and complexity; granted, they have a point. Others have criticised the plot - I don't understand that, the plot was great. This is excellent entertainment, highly satisfying escapism, not great literature. And at least we have a kick-ass heroine and a boyfriend who doesn't try to own her. Leck is one of the scariest villains I've come across. And the writing flows beautifullly, with just enough description to be immersive without becoming a burden. More please! ( )
  DavidR1958 | Jul 4, 2017 |
Graceling by Kristin Cashore follows the burgeoning market for strong female characters, of which I have always been interested.
Katsa has a naïve perception of the world with her coldness and tendency towards pragmatic practicality. We find that she's a feared thug for her uncle, the King, who she hates. As another reviewer has indicated, Katsa's similar to Xhex from the Black Dagger Brotherhood in her disgust of all things "feminine".
I thought the story was well written, with engaging, likeable characters. While the plot may be a little predictable at times, it was certainly a fun read!
Also, the romance that develops between Katsa and Po was excellent.
I take exception though, to the message that this book sends. It is the same message I am reading over and over again in current literature. Katsa refuses to marry or have children. She, like other strong female characters like Xhex, who must be wrestled into a dress, despise female trappings like dresses,jewelry and long pretty hair. (admittedly she cuts her hair as part of a disguise). I will say that as the relationship develops between Katsa and Po, her emotional and feminine side gains strength to where Katsa becomes weepy on occasion, which wouldn't have been seen earlier in the book. I just don't think that there is something wrong with a strong female character who also embraces her feminine side as well. Anyway, I certainly enjoyed Graceling and look forward to the next two books in the series.
Jack Murphy ( )
  urph818 | Jul 2, 2017 |
Dopo tanti urban fantasy devo ammettere che questo bel fantasy classico mi ci voleva proprio!

Sono rimasta affascinata immediatamente dall'ambientazione presentataci dalla Cashore. Abbiamo 7 regni, una sfumatura un po' mediavale e l'originalità di questi Doni.

Il libro è scritto bene, lo stile è pulito e lineare; le descrizioni dettagliate, curate e mai pesanti; i personaggi sono sufficientemente caratterizzati anche se, forse, un po' scontati e la trama decisamente ben struttura.

Personalmente questo libro è scivolato via, verso la fine con una velocità impressionante, con piacere e senza mai annoiarmi, nemmeno nel momento 'romance'. Ovvero il momento in cui la storia finisce nel restringersi unicamente sulla storia d'amore della protagonista.
Ho apprezzato quato momento soft, cosa che generalmente non faccio, e mi ha catturata con delicatezza. Nulla di stucchevole e stroppo sdolcinato, anzi, l'analisi dei dell'evoluzione fra i due personaggi devo dire che è stata molto buona. Non c'è stato il classico colpo di fulmine che dopo 30, no 40, secondi tramutava i due personaggi in due ventose innamorate. Apprezzabilissima l'evoluzione sentimentale, davvero.

La trama, come ho detto è lineare, pulita e neanche troppo scontata. Sinceramente non mi sarie aspetta di ritrovarmi il Re folle all'isola Lienid. Carina ed afficente anche la trovata della scrittrice per liberarsi del cattivo. Niente di banale, anzi un colpo oserei dire piuttosto magistrale per risparmiarci un'ennesimo finale aperto. Fortunatamente stiamo parlando di un racconto autoconclusivo.

Anche il finale mi è piaciuto abbastanza, non c'è stato il classico finare da fiaba dove tutti erano felici e contenti ma nemmeno una chiusura drammatica, generalmente scelta dagli scrittori che vogliono 'scioccare' per non cadere nello scontato. Abbiamo un finale aperto, ma abbaastanza vagamente da non lasciare l'amaro in bocca. Davvero, non ho nulla da ridire.

I personaggi.
Questi, secondo alcuni sono scontati. Probabilmente l'impronta base di ciscuno di questi è abbastanza classica nel suo genere. Abbiamo l'eroina dal passato tormentato, il bello, la fanciulla da salvare (mini-fanciulla), lo zio cattivo, il Re tiranno. E' vero, il casto è abbastanza scontato ma dobbiamo dire che tutti questi personaggi sono stati plasmati e fatti interagire tra loro in modo pulito e decisamente originale. Come ho già detto la stessa storia d'amore fra Katje e Po è stata sviluppata lentamente e con eleganza. Altri perdonaggi come Raffin, Giddon, il Re Ror... sono stati tutti caratterizzati al meglio e fatti interagire con natualezza.

Unica nota che un po' mi ha lasciata basita è stata la principessa Bitterblue che, personalmente, a volte mi è parsa leggermente contraddittoria come personaggio. Appena incontrata mi è parsa una bambina spaventata (quello che è, fondamentalemente) e poco dopo mi sono ritrovata una donnina assennata. Mai un capriccio, mai un pianto... Forse un po' troppo costruita ma non per questo meno affascinante. Soprattutto alla fine quando prende le difese di Katje, forse un po' irreale ma assolutamente bello.


Come ho già detto questo è una fantasy classico che mi terrò con piacere nella mia libreria e che, magari un giorni, rileggerò. Senza dubbio. Molto presto dovrebbe arrivare da noi Fire il prequel e, prossimamente, Bitterblue il seguel. I tre volumi sono legati in modo da costituire una triologia ma, fortunatamente, possono essere letti anche separatamente. Inutile dire che comprerò anche gli altri. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Katsa—Graced with the frightening ability to kill—must team up with another young warrior in an attempt to save their land from a corrupt king.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Apr 25, 2017 |
Excellent - loved the characters and the premise. ( )
  EvaW | Apr 21, 2017 |
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In a world of gossip girls, it is perhaps refreshing to have a teenage heroine who cuts off all her hair because it gets in her way; and Kristin Cashore’s eccentric and absorbing first novel, “Graceling,” has such a heroine. Katsa is tough, awkward, beautiful and consumed by pressing moral issues
 

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If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore’s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book. (Ages 14 and up) --Heidi Broadhead

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In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.… (more)

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