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Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) af Kristin…
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Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) (udgave 2008)

af Kristin Cashore

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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.
Medlem:rachaelw83
Titel:Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Forfattere:Kristin Cashore
Info:Harcourt, Hardcover, 471 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Graceling af Kristin Cashore

  1. 323
    Dødsspillet af Suzanne Collins (librarymeg, saltypepper)
    saltypepper: The heroines' voices are very similar, maybe due to their similar response to the awful circumstances they find themselves in.
  2. 281
    Fire af Kristin Cashore (SheReads, Anonym bruger)
    SheReads: Prequel to Graceling about different characters.
    Anonym bruger: because you get the same different world paranormal thing and you get the romance and the good conquers evil
  3. 230
    The Hero and the Crown af Robin McKinley (Aerrin99, humouress)
    Aerrin99: Aerin and Katsa are both gifted women who struggle to find the line between respect and fear. Also, they kick butt.
    humouress: The way the heroines feel like outsiders because of their heritage is similar, as is the way the authors describe the way the heroines think.
  4. 201
    Alanna af Tamora Pierce (francescadefreitas, helgagrace, espertus)
    espertus: Both Graceling and the Lioness quartet are stories of strong but vulnerable young women wanting to use their considerable powers for good and maintain their identity in the face of romance.
  5. 170
    Poison Study af Maria V. Snyder (deadbookdarling)
    deadbookdarling: Both are set in magical worlds, have strong female leads and a dash of romance.
  6. 170
    The Blue Sword af Robin McKinley (foggidawn, Aerrin99, humouress)
    Aerrin99: For stories that feature interesting and strong woman matched with equally interesting and strong men, with a dash of danger, adventure, and magic tossed in, try either of these books!
    humouress: The way the heroines feel like outsiders because of their heritage is similar, as is the way the authors describe the way the heroines think.
  7. 90
    Duernes hvisken af Tamora Pierce (notemily)
  8. 83
    The Thief af Megan Whalen Turner (notemily, C.Vick)
    C.Vick: While different in essence, I think Turner's Attolia books have a similar feel to Graceling.
  9. 50
    Finnikin of the Rock af Melina Marchetta (alaskabookworm)
  10. 61
    First Test af Tamora Pierce (foggidawn)
  11. 30
    Hymnernes Hersker: Chanters of Tremaris (1) af Kate Constable (bbrux)
    bbrux: Young woman on an adventure to discover her hidden talents.
  12. 30
    Uprooted af Naomi Novik (cransell)
    cransell: Both excellent YA fantasy with strong female characters and great world building.
  13. 20
    Mistwood af Leah Cypess (foggidawn)
  14. 20
    Cinder af Marissa Meyer (justjukka)
    justjukka: Protagonist is relegated to third-class citizenship because of her gifts and must overcome prejudice.
  15. 21
    Throne of Glass af Sarah J. Maas (luna_lovegood)
    luna_lovegood: Exactly as kazhout said "strong, beautiful, intelligent, and sassy." Plus, badass and good heart.
  16. 43
    Divergent - Afvigeren af Veronica Roth (hairball, Echocliffs)
    hairball: Young women rebelling against their prescribed role.
  17. 21
    The Queen of Attolia af Megan Whalen Turner (Nikkles)
  18. 10
    Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit af Nahoko Uehashi (avatiakh)
  19. 00
    The Demon King af Cinda Williams Chima (furieous)
  20. 00
    Sabriel af Garth Nix (ajwseven)

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Absolute rubbish. It astounds me that this book has a good reputation.

DNFed after 30 pages.

The main character is a horrible Mary Sue. The worldbuilding is lazy, and the book nonsensical. Katsa is "young magic girl" who has differently coloured eyes, to show you how special she is. That's about the whole description in the book, because reading this was like watching cardboard boxes in my mind. It's all incredibly lazy writing. The author's political beliefs seeping in like sewage, though that doesn't matter because nobody cares if sewage leaks into a cesspit.

Katsa is a stereotypical Mary Sue. Insanely overpowered, just because? Check. Always right and everybody else is an idiot? Check. Tragic backstory for no reason? Check. "Too much" male attention? Check. Weird facial quirk that nobody else does to show you she's special? Check. Can do literally nothing wrong? Check. She has even founded a special anti-bad pro-good organisation oppose the kings, who are all portrayed as idiotic murderous manchildren. The book has no internal consistency: it describes how her anti-bad council has grown to include basically tons of people from everywhere and that it's so big she has lost control, and then tells us with a straight face, two paragraphs later, that if anybody at all told any of the kings or lords that it would all be over and Katsa and everybody would be executed. Katsa is such a Mary Sue that she warps reality enough that millions of people, whom she has "lost control over" can all keep a vital secret from every government at once.

Speaking of reality, Graceling's reality is terrible. The worldbuilding is almost comically lazy. There are seven kingdoms. All are kingdoms, no nuance, no various types of government, no real differences in society or geography (except for the one island kingdom that you're supposed to like because hot-boy-love-interest comes from there!), no interesting relationships or rivalries. The only difference are the names, which are pathetic. If you just describe them on a map (e.g. oh, these guys are the "middle-ones") and say it three times fast "middlewuns middluns Middluns!") then you get the kingdom name. There is one city per kingdom, and it is always "[insert king's name] City". All of the kingdoms are exactly the same size. (except for cool island kingdom) I would be laughing, except that I'm the but of the joke for buying the book.

None of the characters have any personality whatsoever, and I cannot remember any of their names, nor the forgettable events of the few pages I read.

The writing is terrible. As mentioned before, the descriptions suck and reading this feels like stacking plain cardboard boxes. But the tension, pacing and prose all impeccably maintain the abominable standard. The fight scene on the second page is crap. A bunch of lacklustre buildup for the whole actual "fight", which is "he swung sword at her, but she duck, and kick his head. he dead." It's shockingly bad drivel, from a published author, and this is the second page, the beginning that you write extra-well so readers pick up your book, and it still stinks.

Anyway, I've spent a while dunking on the cons, but here is a full list of the pros:

Thanks for reading! In conclusion, I am appalled at this book, everybody involved with publishing it, everybody who recommends it, and I am disgusted that the money I spent supports the author and publisher. Not only would I like a refund, I would actually pay more money to remove my money from them. ( )
  gregg_halderstritz | Apr 16, 2021 |
Rating: 97% (4.85 stars) ( )
  melonah | Jan 9, 2021 |
I really don't understand the visceral reactions this average fantasy book seems to engender in people.

The premise is fun but not breathtakingly original. It is, essentially, "What if we had mutants/X-Men in a standard European medieval low-fantasy setting?" A small portion of the population are Graced, meaning they have some special and potent inborn talent or characteristic, be it mind reading, fighting skill, or gardening prowess. There is the standard trope of the populace being scared of or vilifying the Graced and the Graced using their powers to seek power, do good, or just survive.

The main character is a young woman with a stereotypically 'masculine' Grace for fighting. She’s vehemently uninterested in marriage and children, and the first third of the book she mentions this specifically multiple times. I didn’t feel it was excessively mentioned – when I searched the book with my Kindle it really is only a handful of exchanges in hundreds of pages. What people seem to miss is that this tends to be in the context of proposing to her or trying to marry her off, so it is understandable that she would express her opinions on the matter in those situations. Its even more understandable later on, when the catalyst for her rebellion is when she is asked to maim a man for the crime of not marrying his daughters off against their will. She isn’t opposed to relationships entirely – she even considered a companionate marriage to a friend at one pointer, and later begins a romantic relationship. She just refuses to be married in a society that uses marriage as a means of ownership. And she is just as capable of love and commitment without a marriage…much like relationships in the modern real world.
The plot is a bit of a break-and-run model, with long stretches of little happening followed by bursts of excitement. The action is well-written and easy to follow. The villain only appears on screen briefly, but those scenes are electric and terrifying.

Its far from perfect. Katsa’s Grace is a bit too broad and encompassing, and I would have liked to see her with less of a Superman feel to her powers. Randa is a cartoonish antagonist. The main villain would be considered cartoonish as well if they weren’t so god-damned terrifying.

I’m torn on Po. On the one hand, his character has a nice arc, there’s solid twists to his story, and he’s not a stereotypical hyper-masculine prince; there’s depth to him, and depth to his relationship with Katsa – its nice to see a male character in YA literature that doesn’t have a wrathful reaction to a woman besting him in something. On the other hand, he never stands up for himself enough, and its easy to lose him in Katsa’s will. At the end of the novel, he loses his eyesight. This would be a realistic and surprising turn…if not for the fact that he’s spent the entirety of the novel with his Grace inexplicably growing in power, to the point where it nearly seamlessly substitutes for sight. So there’s no umph to this. He just needs to get used to seeing in a new spectrum, essentially.

Overall, it’s a light low fantasy with a few new twists and a lot of old ones, with a strong female lead that could use just a dash more polish. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
*Happy Dancing* I have not read such an amazing book in a very long time. Well, in fact, I decided to listen to it because when I started reading it but I couldn't put it down and needed to do some house cleaning...thus the gift of audio! Listening was even better!! Snare drums and violins opened each chapter with a full cast of readers. It was a true production! No matter how you choose to immerse yourself, your heart will soar. *sigh* ( )
  whybehave2002 | Nov 27, 2020 |
4.5 stars

Graceling is an engrossing read with wonderfully interesting characters, and I enjoyed it on many levels. This book was a real treat to read. It was interesting on so many different levels. A powerful heroine transforms, discovering a strength of character to match her physical strength. Watching Katsa mature through the narrative was wonderful. The political intrigue was surprisingly compelling, and the mystery that drives the plot really worked. The story's magical elements are not overwhelming but alter reality just enough to make for a fun, fantastic world. This book has beautiful storytelling with a pinch of romance so that the book resembles that of a piece of art. Graceling is so smoothly written that it felt fresh and original. I especially liked the relationship between Katsa and Po, their mutual respect, and how he brought her out and taught her to trust. (He grew up with love, and she didn't.) I found the concept of the Graceling interesting and liked the writing. I'll read more of this author's work. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 10, 2020 |
Viser 1-5 af 539 (næste | vis alle)
In a world of gossip girls, it is perhaps refreshing to have a teenage heroine who cuts off all her hair because it gets in her way; and Kristin Cashore’s eccentric and absorbing first novel, “Graceling,” has such a heroine. Katsa is tough, awkward, beautiful and consumed by pressing moral issues
 

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