Author: Kristin Cashore
Like/Don't Like: Loved! I couldn't put it down. Hooray!
This was what I needed. It's been a lackluster year of reading for me. I just haven't been taken with a book in a long time. So this book was the perfect thing to read at the end of the year to leave me with the Blue Bird of Happiness in my literary heart.
Katsa lives in a land where a small percentage of the people are born with special talents or skills - graced. Hers happens to be that she can kill people. She doesn't relish in it. In the course of the book she meets another graceling who helps her understand her skill better and they go off and save a few people. The writing is fantastic. It zips along and keeps you wanting more. The characters seem believable enough - especially for a fantasy novel, which I often times find hard to stomach. And it was a great story told well, which all I ever want from a book.