Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight shes 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 kings 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 Pos 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 read this book awhile ago so I will try to remember as best I can how I felt about this book. This was a really interesting book. It was very unique and I haven’t seen anything like it recently. In this book certain people are born with particular powers called Grace’s that can range from a variety of different abilities. From the most simplistic to the most dangerous. These people are recognized by their two coloured eyes. The main character in this book is Katsa. She is a very strong woman but she can be very one minded. She develops a lot as a character gradually throughout the book. The love interest in the book is the Prince Po who offers a lot as a character as well. The book’s villian is a very good villian who is very hard to take down. I won’t spoil who that villian is. I would recommend this book because it is very well written and really enjoyable.
There are several companion books in this series. Such as Fire and Bitterblue. The setting is roughly the same and several characters make appearances.