Yes, I read a Sneak peek again. I'm kind of a sneak peek junky lately... This time it was Graceling by Kristin Cashore. And I loved the first pages! I cannot wait to read the whole book!
In a world where people born with an extreme skill - called a Grace - are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even shedespises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is 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...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
Here is what I like about the book:
The book starts with a map. That is definitely a pro-point. I love maps. I love the feeling of standing on the threshold of a new fantastical and exciting world. This world in particular seems to be very political and interesting.
I read the first pages without knowing anything about it. I did not read the summary before reading the book so I had no clue what was going on, who she was, why she was fighting, and why she was so good at it. But I wanted to know what everything was about so badly that I kept reading.
The whole idea of having a grace is, for me, something new and I really like it. Katsa seems to be an interesting and strong protagonist. A strong female lead is always a good sign, but she seems to be really strong not just acting like she is. And I can sense the possibilty of her exploring the philosophical questions of life and guilt. I am really curious what the author made out of that.
There was nothing bad I could say about the writing style, she described the details and character's past without giving too much away.
So I am definitely curious about what comes next for her.
Have you read Graceling? Did you like it? Do you want to read it?
I just have to say that I don't like the cover that much. I do not really get it. I love the German version though. But thou shall not judge a book by it's cover! So this is basically just a side note :)
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PS: Have I mentioned how awesome the fact is that the author Kristin Cashore and I share the same name? Yay, some Kristin-love :D
Summary and Cover taken from Goodreads