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Editorial: HMH Books for Young Readers, U.S.A.
Año de publicación: 2008
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
First printing. 1 on the numberline. Near fine/fine. Slight bumping to bottom board. New, unread. Signed by author on title page. Below her name is the line "You are strong". Apparently, a standard line she prints when she signs. Author is young and will be writing many more books. I picked this out in 2008 when it first came out. Author was at the Texas Book Festival a few years ago where I got her to sign it. First book in a highly regarded series. DJ protected by polyester protector. Ships in a sturdy box. N° de ref. de la librería 000083
Sinopsis: 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. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
Críticas: If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?
Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents?swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.
Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.
Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore?s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book. (Ages 14 and up) --Heidi Broadhead
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