Graceling /

by Cashore, Kristin; Mathison, Jeffery C [ctg]; Riggs, Cathy [bkd]; Harcourt, Inc [pbl].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Seven Kingdoms Trilogy: 1.Publisher: Orlando, FL : Harcourt, ©2008Description: 471 pages : maps ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780152063962; 015206396X.Subject(s): Murder -- Juvenile fiction | Girls -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction | Fantasy -- Juvenile fiction | Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction | Adventure and adventurers | Fantasy | Young adult fiction | Fantasy fiction | Young adult fiction | Dust jackets (Bindings) -- 2008
The lady killer -- The twisted king -- The shifting world.
Awards: William C. Morris YA Debut Finalists, 2009.Summary: In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
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Discover the Graceling Realm in this unforgettable, award-winning novel from bestselling author Kristin Cashore <br> <br> A New York Times bestseller <br> ALA Best Book for Young Adults <br> Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature Winner <br> Publishers Weekly , School Library Journal, Booklist, and BCCB Best Book of the Year <br> <br> "Rageful, exhilarating, wistful in turns" ( The New York Times Book Review) with "a knee weakening romance" ( LA Times ). Graceling is a thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure that will resonate deeply with anyone trying to find their way in the world.<br> <br> Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, who is smart and beautiful and lives in the Seven Kingdoms where selected people are born with a Grace, a special talent that can be anything at all. Katsa's Grace is killing. As the king's niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his brutal enforcer. Until the day she meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, and Katsa's life begins 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 . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone . <br> <br> And don't miss the sequel Fire and companion Bitterblue , both award-winning, New York Times bestsellers, and full of Kristin Cashore's elegant, evocative prose and unforgettable characters.

Companion book to Fire.

"Designed by Cathy Riggs ; Maps by Jeffery C. Mathison"--Title page verso.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

"Ages 14 and up"--Jacket.

The lady killer -- The twisted king -- The shifting world.

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 5.3 18.

William C. Morris YA Debut Finalists, 2009.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">CHAPTER ONE IN THESE DUNGEONS the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind. One that had so far proven correct, as Olls maps tended to do. Katsa ran her hand along the cold walls and counted doors and passageways as she went. Turning when it was time to turn; stopping finally before an opening that should contain a stairway leading down. She crouched and felt forward with her hands. There was a stone step, damp and slippery with moss, and another one below it. This was Olls staircase, then. She only hoped that when he and Giddon followed her with their torches, they would see the moss slime, tread carefully, and not waken the dead by clattering headlong down the steps. Katsa slunk down the stairway. One left turn and two right turns. She began to hear voices as she entered a corridor where the darkness flickered orange with the light of a torch set in the wall. Across from the torch was another corridor where, according to Oll, anywhere from two to ten guards should be standing watch before a certain cell at the passageways end. These guards were Katsas mission. It was for them that she had been sent first. Katsa crept toward the light and the sound of laughter. She could stop and listen, to get a better sense of how many she would face, but there was no time. She pulled her hood down low and swung around the corner. She almost tripped over her first four victims, who were sitting on the floor across from each other, their backs against the wall, legs splayed, the air stinking with whatever strong drink theyd brought down here to pass the time of their watch. Katsa kicked and struck at temples and necks, and the four men lay slumped together on the floor before amazement had even registered in their eyes. There was only one more guard, sitting before the cell bars at the end of the corridor. He scrambled to his feet and slid his sword from its sheath. Katsa walked toward him, certain that the torch at her back hid her face, and particularly her eyes, from his sight. She measured his size, the way he moved, the steadiness of the arm that held the sword toward her. "Stop there. Its clear enough what you are." His voice was even. He was brave, this one. He cut the air with his sword, in warning. "You dont frighten me." He lunged toward her. She ducked under his blade and whirled her foot out, clipping his temple. He dropped to the ground. She stepped over him and ran to the bars, squinting into the darkness of the cell. A shape huddled against the back wall, a person too tired or too cold to care about the fighting going on. Arms wrapped around legs, and head tucked between knees. He was shiveringshe could hear his breath. She shifted, and the light glanced over his crouched form. His hair was white and cut close to his head. She saw the glimmer of gold in his ear. Olls maps had served them well, for this man was a Lienid. He was the one they were looking for. She pulled on the door latch. Locked. Well, that was no Excerpted from Graceling by Kristin Cashore All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

Read by David Baker and a full cast. (Middle School, High School)In the Seven Kingdoms, an exceptional few are burdened with gifts that brand them as Gracelings. This lush world is the perfect backdrop for the complex interplay of a full cast of voices, each ideally suited to their roles. Director Todd Hobin composed an evocative musical score that sets the stage and presents a sweeping panorama through aural imagery. David Baker voices the narration with a gravitas that provides a firm foundation for the fantasy world. As Lady Katsa, Chelsea Mixon projects an utterly natural range of emotions that reveal Katsa's efforts to reconcile her Grace for killing with her quest for social justice; Zachary Exton, as Prince Po, serves as Katsa's sharp-witted foil through high adventure and romantic sparring, his balanced tones touched with an edge of mystery as listeners decipher the limits of his Grace. Both Mixon's and Exton's authentically teen voices forge a strong connection to young adults struggling with issues of identity and responsibility. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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