Teaser Tuesday: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I know, I’m a day late, but I know it’s still Tuesday somewhere out there, so it’s not really late…right?

Yeah, excuses. Anyway, today’s Teaser Tuesday for yesterday comes from Graceling by Kristin Cashore, the sequel/companion novel to Fire.

Graceling by Kristin CashoreDeadly Grace

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.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

I’ve just started reading it, and I’m liking it so far. Maybe I am a bit biased on this now because I loved Fire so much. But it’s turning out to be really good so far, and I can’t wait to find more time to sit down and just read this. Probably this Sunday, on the 14th. Heh.

Anyway, onto the teaser!

“Bitterblue,” he said into the trunk. “I’m your cousin Po, the son of Ror. We’ve come to protect you.” (p. 280)

And that line is about as vague as it can get. Interestingly, the title of Kristin Cashore’s next book is Bitterblue. :) Obviously, that would be the sequel to Graceling, sort of.

Anyway I better get back to work. :P Sshh, yes, I’m blogging at work! Oops! :P

4 Thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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  2. I’ve read both Graceling and Fire (Graceling first) and while I really liked Fire, it was Graceling that I fell in love with. I felt that the pacing of Fire was too slow and while it did allow for more character development, I think that Cashore did a better job in Graceling of developing her characters while not slowing down the action. Or maybe it’s just a case of whichever you read first, you love more.

    And to add to my last comment about Hush, Hush. I read that book and Graceling around the same time and I admit that may taint my POV of Hush, Hush a little. Because, as you said in your review, while you couldn’t help but compare Hush, Hush to Twilight, I couldn’t help but compare it to Graceling. And while they deal with very different subject matters, I felt that the comparison was fair enough in the sense that both books were the first published novels of their respective authors and they’re both in the same genre of YA Fantasy. While Hush, Hush left a bad feeling in my stomach, Graceling renewed my hope in the fate of YA Fantasy for the future. This vampire/angel craze shall pass.

    • Hi Kat! Thanks for visiting.

      I just finished Graceling today and I have to agree — Fire was slower than Graceling. I enjoyed both books immensely, but I don’t know if it would have made a huge difference if I read Graceling first because I already know what Leck’s Grace is because I read Fire first. Nevertheless, I love Graceling too, and I can’t wait for Bitterblue. :)

      Oh, and Graceling is definitely way better than Hush, Hush, too. I love the concept of Graces, and the entire world that the author built in the novels, and that’s a huge feat (this is coming from someone who rarely reads fantasy, btw). While Hush, Hush was more of a fluffy read, Graceling had so many elements and issues involved in it that sometimes it can be hard to believe that it’s actually YA. :)

  3. I haven’t read either of these, yet. :-) Thanks for sharing the teaser and your thoughts.

    I have a special teaser post this week on The Auralia Thread series. You can see it here.

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