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read Graceling mobi ´ Paperback î 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 She never exKatsa 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 killi Graceling has a beautiful cover great premise and lots of hype and would be a terrific novel if it weren’t for the writing and atrocious main character What is with the awkward sentence structures and prose in this book? In these dungeons the darkess was complete but Katsa had a map in her mind It should be In these dungeons the darkness was complete but Katsa had a map in her mind And look at the next sentence One that had so far proven to be correct as Oll's maps tended to do What? That made absolutely no sense Instead One that had so far proven to be correct as Oll's maps tended to be Wouldn't that be better?Then later on Turning when it was time to turn What? Isn't that redundant? And 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 Dude darkness does not flicker orange if it did then that would not make it dark And it's not with the light of a torch but light from a torch That whole sentence is just full of awkward phrasing and clunky descriptionAnd the next Katsa crept toward the light and the sound of laughter How can she creep toward laughter when it wasn't even introduced earlier? It just does not get any better And later on she pulls her hood down over her eyes What the hell How do you expect to fight if you can't see where the heck you're going or what you're doing It's not a surprise she trips over the four guards because OBVIOUSLY you can't see anything Why does she need to pull her hood down to hide her eyes when the guard she fights later ALREADY KNOWS WHAT SHE IS? Okay that's it I'm done But the biggest offense of the book was the main character Katsa is the most annoying aggravating self centered abusive and violent character I’ve ever had the misfortune to read from the eyes from I thought Bella was tops in annoying meter ranking but Katsa wins the prize During the book there were many instances where I wished I could rip her hair out and run her through with her own sword She has some of the big Mary Sue tendencies It wasn’t so bad that she was Graced with some special ability but hers was off the wall unbelievable that I couldn’t give her any sort of realistic credibility at all Not only can she kill anyone with her bare hands she’s faster than anyone builds fire better than anyone hunts better than anyone shoots and fires arrows better than anyone yet she doesn’t suffer from the freezing cold as the rest of her comrades it just slows her down when other normal people would be down on the ground dying from hypothermia She doesn’t even tire like the rest of them because she just has unending bundles of stamina So much so that she can go for days without sleeping even though they were in some pretty gruesome and difficult battles And the list goes on I mean what can Ms Perfect not do? And don't give me that crap about how it's logical because of her special grace There's a special balance between believable and ridiculous and I'm sorry but this is way over into the ridiculous areaBut that wasn’t the worst of it Katsa’s most nonredeemable factor was her attitude No one can tell her to do anything she doesn’t want to do even if it’s for the wiser And if she doesn’t like what she hears her first reaction is anger and then she throws a tantrum until she gets her way But yet every situation she finds unappealing to her the first though that comes to mind is violence I clearly remember a scene where Po told her his opinion which wasn’t demeaning cruel or hurtful at all and you know what she does? Hits him so hard he falls off his chair and has a wicked bruise W T F And not only that her characterization is inconsistent She’s supposed to be this bad ass chick who takes no crap from anyone and doesn't need a man in her life to define her but as soon as Po enters and tells her he’s going to leave she cries tears because she “doesn’t know why”? What the hell kind of crap is this? And what is her utter revulsion to marriage? I mean I don’t want to get married as well but Katsa’s reasoning behind this is not concrete or sufficient enough to support her viewpoint that she vehemently defends many times throughout the book Not bringing children into this world yes I totally get it and understand but marriage? Especially when Po is searching for a sign of commitment on their relationship If she did not want to marry him or anyone in particular she could supplement this in other ways but she doesn'tI was absolutely disgusted disgusted by the way she treated her horses She treats them as a way to serve her own self satisfying needs without care The first instance that stuck me was when Po and Katsa were riding off somewhere and she slammed her horse against Po's because she wanted to get his attention W T F Not only is that dangerous to the rider because they could fall off but it's dangerous to the horse Slamming into another horse while you're riding is NOT something you do The horse could have fallen because the impact threw him off balance and you're obviously not going to walk away from that injury free or it could have tripped and then fallen Not to mention she ALWAYS pushes her horses to ride fast because she has no patience and wants to get there faster and if someone tells her they needed to rest the horses or they'll break them she just throws hissy fits about how they have to hurry and they're just slowing her down Horses are not machines good god They're living breathing animals that need care just like we doThe next one was near the end of the book where she pushed everyone so hard and rode for hours at a blistering gallop just so they could reach their destination faster And then I clearly remember someone Skye I believe it was telling her that she lamed a horse And you know what Katsa’s response to this was? “Oh he’s not lame He’s perfectly fine” and then throws a fit about how he’s slowing them down and they need to get up and ride him harder so they can get to their destination faster OMFG I almost threw the book across the room in rageThe place names were very uncreative You might think they’re clever but they were shallow attempts at trying to make them seem “fantasy” epic like They were just barely concealed renamings of East West South North and Middle And I didn’t even get started on the writing It was super choppy suffered from an annoying excess of repetitive phrasing and without a lot of “showing” The structure was all the same Katsa went and did this did that felt this and so on and so forth Another problem was the insane amounts of info dumping in the beginning After the third page I just couldn’t give a rip about the places’ history what it looked like who was who’s fatherI can see why a lot of people love this book There’s romance a super strong female character that kicks butt and the tried and true uestadventure formula of a fantasy novel But it’s just not for me I absolutely hate not finishing a series so I’ll probably read the next one but ugh not looking forward to it My opinion? Avoid this book I may probably be stoned to death for this review because every where I go it seems to be so well loved and praised with glowing reviews

Kristin Cashore Í Graceling book

Ng she is forced to work as the king’s thug 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 a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms What I think about when I hear the namePo Po the Panda Po from Telletubbies A crazy guy like Edgar Allen Poe PooKatsa Ketchup Mutant KatnissRor Roar I'm a T RexTealiff Tea LeafSkye Skype A modern name which you will NOT find in a medieval placeKing Randa Ranting Panda King Ranting PandaDrowden Drowsy DrowningThigpen Pig pen Thinking penLeck Lick Peck Neck Smack Some other variationLienid An insult Hey you LienidBy the way Po's real name is Greening Grandemalion Great at least its not Yellowing Grandemalion or Purpling Grandemalion or something stupid like that That would sound really weird unlike Greening Grandemalion which is a name someone would normally give to their child YeahIf you have any suggestions about what the names from Graceling sound like feel free to put it in the commentsNote Next up is the review which is very thorough about the issues of Graceling's worldbuilding This is going to take a while but stay with me Thanks Actual Rating 25 starsWhen reviewers criticize Graceling they often complain about the view on feminism I think enough has been said about that so for detailed reviews about that issue I recommend Amanda's review and Tatiana's reviewHowever this isn't Graceling's only flaw The other big problem is the black and white world buildingWorld of Graceling Graceling is set in a european ish medieval land with horses taverns kings castles and anything else you would except to find in such a place The land is divided into seven kingdoms Lienid the island kingdom Monsea a kingdom closed off by the mountains Middluns the middle kingdom and Nander Estill Sunder Wester which surround Middluns on the North East South and West side respectively See what Cashore did there? Another aspect is the Graced; some people are born with special abilities called Graces such as mind reading excellent swimming skills killing etc There is great prejudice against the Graced except in Lienid and one can tell if another person is Graced if the person's eyes are mismatched colors Random comment One of my friends has eyes like this It's a condition called heterochromia iridum But sadly my friend has no superpowers AnywaysI think we can all agree that European medieval worlds are definitely overdone; nearly every epic fantasy or high fantasy is set in one However authors can still make them fresh if they add complexity to them with new aspects or intriguing historyExamples of Fresh Intriguing WorldsFor example in Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms the generic fantasy world is made fresh by complex struggles between Gray Wolf ueens Clan and Wizards There is a well developed and uniue culture in the world stemming from the struggles between Clan and Wizards and the history is complex and believableAnother example is The Well Between the Worlds It is a retelling of the King Arthur tale set in a medieval world but adds the elements of the Wells the sinking of Lyonnesse and industrialization to make a breathtakingly fresh and original world So what's the matter with Graceling's world?Why Graceling's World building Simply Isn't Good EnoughFirst off there are only a few fresh aspects of this world1 The idea of the Graced2 Some cultural aspects of the Lienid like the gold jewelry Po's tattoos and the ringinheritance thingand that's pretty much it But there's got to be Anything Tell me is thereA religion? NoHistory? Like references to why the kingdoms are how they are etc? NopeMythologylegendsstories about old heroes Graced etc? NoUniue cultural aspects? NoneAnything that separates the world of Graceling from other fantasies? I'm sorry but there is other than the Graced nothing original hereOkay okay we get it Nothing new here But sometimes generic fantasy worlds are complex There are complex issues complex characters and complex motivations which make up for the lack of originality In fact a world lacking new ideas sometimes portrays old ideas in a new light What about Graceling? Is there any complexity?Lack of complexity in GracelingPart One The Inhabitants of the worldEEEEEEVIL PEOPLE The villain view spoilerKing Leck hide spoiler

book Ú Í Kristin Cashore

GracelingWith words alone 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 When a monster stopped behaving like a monster did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else? This is one of my most reread books of all time and it was such a big influence on both what I write and what I love to read and I love and appreciate it every time I think this book is a little bit misunderstood sometimes Graceling opens as Katsa a character graced with the skill to kill people—literally actually murder them—puts a group of guards out cold rather than killing them while trying to rescue a falsely imprisoned old man She then returns to her palace where she is thought of and treated as a weapon for a cruel king She thinks of herself as a dog and a brute and an idiot until she and a new friend move to track down the answers to a mystery dogging a nearby kingdom Katsa prizes her mind it is the only she has ever had to herself One of the first things we learn of her is her hatred for mind readers and while this serves a plot purpose it also ties in well with her other fears Her body and power has for so long been Randa’s as a weapon But she is not a weapon Though Katsa could and would kill the bad guy to survive a horror movie she also does the right thing or tries She cares for other people in her own stubborn and angry way To move anywhere beyond her own self image she must go from thinking of herself as a killer a monster a weapon to thinking of herself as a justice seeker She must find love Po and allow herself to care for those around her Bitterblue And she must go from thinking of her talent as a curse to thinking of it as a tool The graces are a neutral element—both good and bad depending on their useThe thing about the climax of Katsa's character arc is that it isn’t defined by violence it’s defined by Katsa regaining power over her mind view spoilerIt isn’t a great feat that she kills; we know all along that she can kill anyone she wants It is the fact that she kills someone as he tries to control her mind that is so important Her conflict is never about her physical power but about her love for Bitterblue and Po And she wrests back mental control not through her grace but through her love for other people hide spoiler