by Kristin Cashore

Summary: Katsa and others that are "Graced" possess a special superhuman ability. Katsa has a terrifying ability to kill, and she has been used by her uncle, King Randa, as an enforcer throughout her kingdom. She is weary of being in his service and punishing those whom she often considers innocent. Katsa forms a secret society that is dedicated to righting wrongs. On a rescue mission, she meets Po, a handsome, Graced noble from another kingdom, who is unlike any she has ever known and who challenges her to become the woman she could be.
Thoughts: Fascinating fantasy by a first-time author. I was completely entranced from the very beginning and took no time at all to fall head-over-heels for Po. :) I LOVED the strength and talent of Katsa and her no-nonsence approach to everything. This is a great story for readers of all kinds. I can't wait for the companion books Fire and Bitterblue!
Visit Ms. Cashore's blog @ http://kristincashore.blogspot.com/.

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