Graceling by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brava Kristin Cashore! What a fabulous story of love, self-discovery, and the strength of human will! Graceling takes place in a fictional world called the Seven Kingdoms. In this land, children whose eyes turn two different colors possess special superhuman talents that are superior to those of the normal population. In the spirit of jealousy and fear, Gracelings are shunned from society, taken from their parents, and forced to serve their Kings.
Katsa, a young woman Graceling, has what she believes is a deadly grace with no redeeming power other than to kill. Her King forces her to be his assassin and thug in order to increase his power. Katsa loathes her King and wishes to free herself from his service.
Through her adventures Katsa discovers there is so much more to her than deadly skill. She also discovers there are graces far more deadly than her own.
More importantly, she discovers that love is more powerful than any grace.
I recommend this book to readers ages 14 and up due to mild sexual content.