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Graceling ( Graceling) (Hardcover) by Kristin Cashore
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Set in a world were some fortunate, or perhaps unfortunate, people are born with a special power called a grace, Katsa's is murder. Forced to assassinate the king's enemies, Kasta finds being a Graceling torturous. To make up for her repugnant actions, Kasta creates a secret society devoted to fairness and justice in a cold, cruel world. Action, romance, and a superb female heroine make GRACELING a gripping read. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.