Audio Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Okay this may become really ranting as hell, but I can’t help it. So you have been warned.

SUMMARY: 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…

If you’re looking for a book that is fantasy based/ with gifted people/ a kickass main character/lovable main male character/ lovable secondary characters/journey/ along with a sweet romance this is your book. So if this is your book then please read because it’s a really good fantasy book.


In these fantasy there are seven kingdoms the three that are mainly forced are Middluns, Monsea, Lienid. In all the kingdoms there can people who are gifted or have a Graced which can be a useless or very dangerous. It’s easy to find out if your Graced by the color of your eyes which would be multicolored. If you can be useful the kingdom that you live in can put you in their service. Being Grace always makes you an outcast even if your Grace is harmless.

Katsa being Graced is anything but harmless which makes her a badass. Katsa trained hard to control of her Grace of killing. Though Katsa doesn’t like to kill even if she is labeled as her uncle’s lady killer and feared by everyone. Katsa tries to make up for it by forming an organizing that she keeps from her Uncle because he would never approve of it. The Council is a group that helps the people that the kings would not. It’s not even Katsa who does all the errands that need to be done, but it has spread to all the other kingdoms. With Katsa miss badass herself and trying not let her Grace of killing or her uncle rule her. I also enjoy how she is independent throughout the whole book and stuck to her guns.

And Prince Po of Lienid just went along with it as long as he had her. Loved that. Po is one of those main guys who are supportive of your decisions and don’t try to change your mind. Po is also Graced with a special gift that he has to hid from others. Po understand Katsa better than her other friends could even if they try. My favorite parts are when there fighting together and watching Katsa beat the heck out of him which Po takes as a champ.



Oll who is a spymaster and the one who helped Katsa control her Grace. Then we have Raffin who is heir to the throne who also a man of science. Giddon is a small lord who wants Katsa’s interest but to bad she can’t return them. Helda is a Grace who takes care of babies and became Katsa guide to lady things which again Katsa didn’t care for. Bitterblue princess of Monsea who is a touch girl for someone so young. The things that her and Katsa goes through makes you have mad repeat for her.


I did a two for one with this book I listen to it while also reading the paperback. So the audible book took me a little to get used to because it was a group narrator. I learned that reading the physical book while reading didn’t work for me. So I just did one or the other and highly enjoyed it.


This book has a little bit of everything from a good adventure story, friendships, lovable main and side characters, and a romance that was slow but steady. I have Fire which I found out wasn’t a continuing on Katsa’s story. Which bummed me out because I simply loved to see how Katsa and Poe turn out. However, am excited to see what Fire has to offer in after the first book.

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