Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I can’t express how unique I found Graceling to be. Unlike other fantasy stories, Graceling brought so many different elements to the table and revealed each in a surprising manner.

The plot of the book was fast paced and sometimes unexpected making the book much more enjoyable. I absolutely liked how the plot thickened with the careful addition of a new character. Even when no fighting was going on, it was interesting to see how each character added to the plot and helped advance the book.

The fact that Graceling was divided into three parts was not only unique, but each part felt like a story of its own that intricately weaved with the others. The parts also coincided with Katsa–and the other characters’–development. At the beginning, Katsa was frightened and didn’t trust anyone. As each part of the story progressed, we got to see how she blossomed as a character and started opening her heart to others.

Lastly, the most wonderful thing to me about Graceling was the character development everyone went through. If I just compare Katsa in the beginning of part one to Katsa at the end of part one, there is a huge difference that usually would have taken a whole book. Not to mention, as she grew, she helped other grow and she kept learning more about herself and her relationships with others. By the end of the book, Katsa, and all the other characters, were completely different and three-dimensional.

Overall, I really enjoyed how unique Graceling was compared to other fantasy books I’ve read. Watching the plot thicken with the addition of characters and seeing how each detail developed the world Cashore created was magical. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a refreshing fantasy.

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