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.
When she first meets Prince Po, 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.
Over the past couple months I kept hearing about this book called ‘Bitterblue’. The name seemed to pop up all over the place- blogs, twitter, and goodreads, but I had no clue what it was! After a little research I discovered a series known as The Seven Kingdoms, the first book being Graceling and a companion called Fire. After so much buzz I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy and boy am I glad I did!
Graceling is a fantasy novel that completely captivated me with its attention to detail. The world the author created was complex and blew me away with its originality. What really made this book for me though, was the characters. Katsa is one of those characters you will never forget. She is the epitome of a strong and totally kickass girl and she sure meets her match with Prince Po. And what can I say about Prince Po? *sigh* I found myself aching for him to return whenever I turned a page and he was absent from the story. The chemistry between the two characters was absolutely amazing. What started out as a friendship based on a common interest and skill developed into a romance based on respect for one another. Besides those two, I loved the character of little Bitterblue! She was a sweet little girl who undergoes such a transformation. She found a great role model in Katsa.
While I absolutely loved all the details, I do want to note that it took me about 100 pages to really get into the story. It is a lot of information to try to process at once, with all the kingdoms and characters, but it is so worth it to continue on.
Now that I know what all the excitement for Bitterblue’s release was about, I cannot wait to read more about her story! More of Katsa and Po would make me happy too!
4.5 out of 5!