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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Graceling Graceling Realm 1 by Kristin Cashore. 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. 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 more.

Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gracelingplease sign up. I’ve tried to read this book twice and got to page 40 and still bored out of my mind Does it get any better and is it worth it? Ashley I struggled with it until page There is a lot to learn about the Graceling Realm but once I got to page 70 I could not put it down.

Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

It gets really …more I struggled with it until page It gets really good just stick with it a bit longer! This is book is my first high fantasy read and i’m planning on reading more of the genre, however, due to this book I don’t know if I should continue? Terrible pacing and dare I say, a bit boring?

Brandi No, I promise you not all high fantasy books are like this one. If you are just starting out in the fantasy genre, I would recommend reading Terry …more No, I promise you not all high fantasy books are like this one.

If you are just starting out in the fantasy genre, I would recommend reading Terry Brooks’ Shannara series – mostly for The King of Shannara and the Elfstones of Shannara – and I would also recommend the Dragonlance series. There’s also David Eddgings’ The Belgariad series. Those are the books I read when I began to read fantasy, and I recently read that a lot of other fantasy readers recommended these authors and series for stepping into the fantasy genre.

Just be forewarned that a lot of these same readers agreed that when they re-read these books when they were older, they didn’t like them nearly as much as they remembered. I might recommend Games of Thrones, but I hesitate to simply because I have not read or seen it. See all 73 questions about Graceling…. Lists with This Book. Sep 22, Miss Clark rated it it was ok Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. 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! All of them were uniquely 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 pro I wanted so badly to like this book.


So, pacing was occasionally a problem, but not the actual words themselves. I thought it quite notable, especially as a debut.

Yes, that dreaded however. But before we get to that, a quick 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 more than reasonable that some readers will discuss and debate the ethics and social mores 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 more 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. 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? But say she did love him.

I’m all for girl power and females don’t need a guy to be fulfilled. 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 concept of marriage within the confines of that secondary world might differ, it could be a total abnegation of self, but I never got that sense when they talked about marriages in their society.

In fact, at its core, marriage in our world is a contract of personal commitment between two people, but Katsa, while perhaps legitimately shunning marriage in her world, still has no desire to ever commit to Po in any way. So it would seem that Katsa’s issues had way more to do with herself and her own flaws and insecurities than the idea of commitment or even Po.


Given his affection for her, he would never have limited her freedom. But flip the coin. Where he was the one who would take whatever Katsa had to offer, but did not care enough to actually make any sort of commitment to her? That likely would not go over as well. It is strange what a double standard we have in relationships, esp. We praise novels that show females as strong, independent individuals, even if that means they are also selfish and controlling, while we quite rightly condemn that sort of behavior in male protagonists.

But then not only are we giving a sad view of a “strong” woman, as if that is the only way to portray a vibrant and intelligent female, we are also touting a weak and ineffective masculine image that indicates that no male can be resourceful or a leader or else he is preventing the girl from being who she ought to be free to be When we did we stop striving for an ideal where both men and women complimented each other, each being allowed their own strengths, and being equals rather than always rivals and competitors?

So, again, a talented new author, but I have deep reservations about some of the messages in this book and I doubt I will recommend it to many people. Which is a shame considering the quality of the rest of the story, which is easily three stars for the prose, though the plot had a few spots that seemed out of place. Mar 26, Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: Graceling by Kristin Cashore follows in a burgeoning market for strong female characters. Katsa is much like Katniss from The Hunger Games in her naive perception of the world, her coldness and tendency towards pragmatic practicality.

She is similar to Xhex from the Black Dagger Brotherhood in her disgust of all things “feminine”. The story is well written, with engaging, fun characters.

Katsa is fun to read about. The plot may be a little predictable at times but it did throw me a curve ball tow Graceling by Kristin Cashore follows in a burgeoning market for strong female characters. The plot may be a little predictable at times but it did throw me a curve ball toward the end.

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore

The romance is lovely between Katsa and Po. I take exception though, to the message that this book sends.

It is the same message I am reading over and casshore again in current literature. From Bella Swan who looks down on girls who like shopping, to Xhex who must be wrestled into a dress and who sees all signs of emotion as feminine weakness and now Katsa who refuses to marry or have children and who despises dresses cashlre long hair.

It is not nice dresses and pretty hair and an ability to be weepy on occasion that is the cause for the many inequality issues that women face. Putting a woman in pants does not change how the world perceives her. It doesn’t suddenly make her stronger and better than the woman in the dress who likes jewelery! Your character does not suddenly become the beacon of the feminist movement because she doesn’t like dresses. So sick of reading about “strong, independent female characters” who don’t like dresses and spend most of the novel putting down almost every other female character as weak and pathetic.

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