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REVIEW Graceling

CHARACTERS õ Graceling á 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 As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is with killing she is forced to work as the king’s thug She never expects to fall in lovNg she is forced to work as the king’s thug She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms. What I think about when I hear the namePo Po the Panda Po from Telletubbies A crazy guy like Edgar Allen Poe PooKatsa Ketchup Mutant KatnissRor Roar I'm a T RexTealiff Tea LeafSkye Skype A modern name which you will NOT find in a medieval placeKing Randa Ranting Panda King Ranting PandaDrowden Drowsy DrowningThigpen Pig pen Thinking penLeck Lick Peck Neck Smack Some other variationLienid An insult Hey you LienidBy the way Po's real name is Greening Grandemalion Great at least its not Yellowing Grandemalion or Purpling Grandemalion or something stupid like that That would sound really weird unlike Greening Grandemalion which is a name someone would normally give to their child YeahIf you have any suggestions about what the names from Graceling sound like feel free to put it in the commentsNote Next up is the review which is very thorough about the issues of Graceling's worldbuilding This is going to take a while but stay with me Thanks Actual Rating 25 starsWhen reviewers criticize Graceling they often complain about the view on feminism I think enough has been said about that so for detailed reviews about that issue I recommend Amanda's review and Tatiana's reviewHowever this isn't Graceling's only flaw The other big problem is the black and white world buildingWorld of Graceling Graceling is set in a european ish medieval land with horses taverns kings castles and anything else you would except to find in such a place The land is divided into seven kingdoms Lienid the island kingdom Monsea a kingdom closed off by the mountains Middluns the middle kingdom and Nander Estill Sunder Wester which surround Middluns on the North East South and West side respectively See what Cashore did there Another aspect is the Graced; some people are born with special abilities called Graces such as mind reading excellent swimming skills killing etc There is great prejudice against the Graced except in Lienid and one can tell if another person is Graced if the person's eyes are mismatched colors Random comment One of my friends has eyes like this It's a condition called heterochromia iridum But sadly my friend has no superpowers AnywaysI think we can all agree that European medieval worlds are definitely overdone; nearly every epic fantasy or high fantasy is set in one However authors can still make them fresh if they add complexity to them with new aspects or intriguing historyExamples of Fresh Intriguing WorldsFor example in Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms the generic fantasy world is made fresh by complex struggles between Gray Wolf ueens Clan and Wizards There is a well developed and uniue culture in the world stemming from the struggles between Clan and Wizards and the history is complex and believableAnother example is The Well Between the Worlds It is a retelling of the King Arthur tale set in a medieval world but adds the elements of the Wells the sinking of Lyonnesse and industrialization to make a breathtakingly fresh and original world So what's the matter with Graceling's worldWhy Graceling's World building Simply Isn't Good EnoughFirst off there are only a few fresh aspects of this world1 The idea of the Graced2 Some cultural aspects of the Lienid like the gold jewelry Po's tattoos and the ringinheritance thingand

Kristin Cashore ↠ 9 CHARACTERS

With words alone 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. it is so hard to write reviews for books i actually like no lovetalking about this book is like trying to describe to someone a relationship from long ago that was bittersweet and is now over but i have never had a relationship that involved so many horses and swordplay not even metaphorically and fewer people care about my love life than about this book i see you ariel you are glowering at me with tiny slitted eyesbut this book is like a wonderfully sweet relationship at the beginning you can't even imagine how you ever got along without itand your friends ariel try to talk you out of it oh don't get with that guy he gave me herpes or whatever but at the beginning everything was shiny and magical and when things started to go a little bit awry i wrote it off as a glitch a bad day that didn't necessarily mean that we weren't super awesome soulmatesbecause it's true the girl time in the mountain seuence was the weakest but i really thought the book rebounded to perfection afterward we can forgive one drunken dalliance can't we one lapse in judgment what happens n graceling stays in graceling yesi just loved so much about this book i never ever get invested in the love story side plots of these teen fiction books i have yet to be on a team but this time i fully believed in their attraction and i really wanted these crazy kids to get together and kick ass together forever their fighting scenes when they were fighting each other were hugely eroticand for once the male lead seemed worthy in a way that others have not been their shyness their tenderness i found it very sweet and if i was a crying type of girl i would definitely have cried at this oneso i am seriously bummed that the seuel is about the early life and times of king lamewad and not about anyone i actually cared about but i will probably read it anyway completist that i amand eventually because i think i have largely abandoned this metaphor and it is very important to follow through even though there were bumps in the road and people got hurt and friends were less free with advice in the future the experience was a generally positive one and the memory lives on as an Important Time where everything seemed possible even liking a book ariel said was badcome to my blog

CHARACTERS Ñ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Kristin Cashore

GracelingKatsa 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 As niece of the king she should be able to live a life of privilege but Graced as she is with killi. 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 The idea of the graced their skills and their mismatched eyes; of the seven kingdoms; of the characters themselves All of them were uniuely Cashore's own Her prose was clear and lucid though there were passages that dragged and made me want to skip ahead So pacing was occasionally a problem but not the actual words themselves I thought it uite notable especially as a debut However Yes that dreaded however But before we get to that a uick disclaimer I certainly have no say on what Cashore did or did not intend the book to say I only can say with certainty what I find in the book and I hope you can agree that if in addition to great writing and engaging stories one desires one's reading material to have at the very least some simple ethics it is than reasonable that some readers will discuss and debate the ethics and social s that certain features of this book present 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 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 Infatuation Certainly Affection Sure 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 What is the purpose of Katsa's and Po's sexual relationship It is of transient emotional and physical benefit but how does it benefit them ultimately I don’t believe that love euals sex and the book seemed to infer just thatBut say she did love him I'm all for girl power and females don't need a guy to be fulfilled All for that I even understand that at that point in Katsa's life she had just claimed her freedom and could not imagine entering any other station of life that would in any way limit or curtail her personal liberty All well and fine But then she goes ahead and enters into a physical relationship with a guy because she loves him but just can't ever be married to him because that would limit her sense of self and her own freedom to come and go as she pleased Granted the