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 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 with words alone.
Graceling Kristin Cashore Harcourt, 2008 Source: My OWn Bookshelf
I've been meaning to read Graceling since it came out in 2008. Everyone thought it was fantastic and I just never got to it myself until now.
I didn't think it was all that great. I still enjoyed reading Graceling and discovering the world that Cashore created, but I didn't think it was worth all the hype. I am looking forward to reading Fire and Bitterblue, and I think that fantasy fans - especially those who enjoy strong female roles - will absolutely love it and agree with the hype!