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Though forced to be a killer and enforcer, Katsa compensates by secret good deeds and by forming an organization to help the helpless.

The main teen character has a talent for killing and, beginning when she is 8 years old, she does so in many different ways, including smashing a man’s nose into his brain and throwing a dagger through a man’s mouth, pinning his head to the chair. She also breaks limbs, knocks people unconscious, and cuts off fingers.

Flirting and foreplay with her boyfriend consist of bruising fights. A man shoots his wife in the back with an arrow, and intends to harm his young daughter in an unspecified way. A main character is shot with arrows, seriously injured, and blinded. The main teen characters have sex several times, though it is not described in detail. Some kissing, a mention of girls kidnapped for a whorehouse, a reference to menstruation. Parents need to know that this is a book about a young girl who is talented at killing, and she does so often and in various, sometimes gruesome, ways.

It is also clear that she and her boyfriend have sex on several occasions, though it is not described in detail.

Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

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In the world of the Seven Kingdoms, a few people are born with Graces — talents beyond the ordinary. At age 8, Katsa discovers what hers is: Trained by her uncle, the king, to be his enforcer, Katsa also secretly forms The Council, a group dedicated to helping the helpless.

But when she rescues an old man who has been kidnapped by a neighboring king, Katsa meets a man who is nearly her match in fighting, and discovers a mystery that threatens all of the kingdoms.

This immensely satisfying fantasy, with echoes of Orson Scott Card’s Treasoncomes from a first-time author, gracdling you would never know it without reading the flap copy. Kristin Cashore writes like a seasoned veteran and avoids rookie mistakes and pitfalls: She even manages to make the reader long for the sequel, not by resorting cashorf the usual, tired device of a book-ending cliffhanger, but simply by making you want to spend more time with these krstin characters in this intriguing world.


Though the synopsis might cashlre this sound like a Grrl-Power screed, and there are certainly elements of empowerment here, Katsa’s Grace is not one of them — she despises and fights to control it. Boys, at least those open-minded enough to consider a book with a female hero, will enjoy it just as much, if not more than girls.

It’s packed with gritty action and adventure, though it’s unfortunate that the unnecessary sexual content will limit the appeal to pre-teens.

Nonetheless, this brilliant debut vaults Cashore to the top of the list of authors to watch. Most of the guards gave gracelig no trouble.

If she could sneak up on them, or if they were crowded in small groups, kriistin never knew what hit them. The castle guard was a bit more complicated, because five guards defended his office.

She swirled through the lot of them, kicking and kneeing gtaceling hitting, and the castle guard jumped up from his guardhouse desk, burst through the door, and ran into the fray.

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Kristin Cashore Fantasy Sign in or join to save for later. Parents recommend Popular with kids. Based on 16 reviews.

Based on 56 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little? The parents’ guide to what’s in this book. Soldiers drink and get drunk. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this is a book about a young girl who is talented at killing, and she does so often and in various, sometimes gruesome, ways.


Continue reading Show less. Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Parent Written by pizzarita9 August 26, Many of the parent and teen reviewers said the sex was vague or downplayed. I do not agree. My preteen was upset by the first sex scene, stopped reading the b Adult Written by morality matters October 5, One of them is the fact that it encourages the idea of marriage and childbearing as Teen, 17 years old Written by MerlinFan17 December 28, Forgive my spoilerish ranting, but this is NOT a good book.

The violence isn’t an issue in my opinion. It’s a part of the book, it has to be. The main character is ‘graced’ with killing, she is a kill Teen, 13 years old Written by Kearthable February 23, There are some iffy parts but nothing that mature teens can’t handle.

The story is interesting and ending Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Families can talk about the idea of Graces. Do they stray over the line into fantasy? Is there anything like Graces in our world?

What Grace would you like to have? What would you do with Katsa’s Grace? Harcourt Brace Publication date: October 1, Publisher’s recommended age s: The Abhorsen Trilogy, Book 1.

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