Teen Review: “Graceling” and “Fire” by Kristin Cashore

In the same world, two heroines live in different lands separated by mountains. On one side, Gracelings live. 

“Graceling” by Kristin Cashore

A graceling is a person “graced” with a special talent. It could be holding your breath for a long period of time or being an amazing juggler. You can tell who a Graceling by their different colored eyes. Katsa, a Graceling with one green eye and one blue, has the Grace of killing.  Her uncle, King Randa, ruler of one of the seven kingdoms called the Middluns, uses Katsa to exact punishment or revenge on those who displease him. Katsa hates killing or torturing people, but she has never had the courage to stand up to her uncle. As a way of making up for her cruel acts, she formed the Council, a secret group that helps keep the peace. The Council’s mission in the book is to rescue the father of the Lienid king. His kidnapping is puzzling, and along with Po, another Graceling who is a Lienid prince, Katsa searches for the reason behind the kidnapping and uncovers a sinister villain who has a most potent Grace."Graceling" by Kristin Cashore book cover

 On the other side are Monsters.

“Fire” by Kristin Cashore

In the Dells, monsters roam the land. They are beautiful creatures in different, bedazzling colors. Not only does their beauty draw you in, but they can control your mind. Fire is the last human monster. Her father, a monster as well, was cruel and loved to use his gifts to hurt people. King Nax was completely under his control, and the two of them ruined the Kingdom. Now that both are dead, Nax’s oldest son, Nash, is king, and his younger brother, Brigan, is the commander of the royal army. War has broken out everywhere, and Nash’s rule is threatened. After a mysterious hunter with a blank mind shoots Fire, Fire and her close friend, Archer, visit Queen Roen, the young king’s mother. One thing leads to another, and Fire is off to the king’s city to help with the questioning of traitors. Because of the fear and hatred that people show Fire, she hesitates when it comes to using her power, but soon she discovers that it may help save the kingdom.

"Fire" by Kristin Cashore book cover

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

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