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The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds. Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself du The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds. Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself during a royal banquet. Now she acts as her uncle’s enforcer, traveling the kingdom and threatening those who dare oppose him.   But everything changes when she meets Po, a foreign prince Graced with combat skills who is searching for the truth about his grandfather’s disappearance. When Katsa agrees to help him, she never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that could destroy them all. With "gorgeous storytelling" (School Library Journal, starred review) and characters "crafted with meticulous devotion" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Graceling is a beloved classic that has continued to resonate with readers for over a decade.


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The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds. Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself du The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds. Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself during a royal banquet. Now she acts as her uncle’s enforcer, traveling the kingdom and threatening those who dare oppose him.   But everything changes when she meets Po, a foreign prince Graced with combat skills who is searching for the truth about his grandfather’s disappearance. When Katsa agrees to help him, she never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that could destroy them all. With "gorgeous storytelling" (School Library Journal, starred review) and characters "crafted with meticulous devotion" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Graceling is a beloved classic that has continued to resonate with readers for over a decade.

30 review for Graceling (Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    how did I not know about this I am losing my MIND

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nerdy Werewolf

    "When you're a monster, you are thanked and praised for not acting like a monster." Katsa is very honest about what she does and doesn't want. At no point does she try to manipulate or trick people for her own end-goals. She just speaks her truth and lets them decide what to do with it. The hero, Po, does the same. That sounds an awful lot like a partnership built on respect and I'm here for it. The magic system and how it's used for evil-Loved it! I love these characters because they're so very hu "When you're a monster, you are thanked and praised for not acting like a monster." Katsa is very honest about what she does and doesn't want. At no point does she try to manipulate or trick people for her own end-goals. She just speaks her truth and lets them decide what to do with it. The hero, Po, does the same. That sounds an awful lot like a partnership built on respect and I'm here for it. The magic system and how it's used for evil-Loved it! I love these characters because they're so very human. People change their minds all the time in real life. They make blanket statements that don't fit who they grow to be later. They learn new information that changes how they see the world-and their place in it. The artwork wasn't completely my cup of tea, but it was still very beautiful. I really hope they adapt the rest of the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sakina (aforestofbooks)

    I loved this and it’s no surprise. The art style was beautiful and I especially loved the scenes in the mountains when it’s fall. Lek is just as creepy as ever and I hate him. But I loved Katsa and Po and this makes me want to reread the book again so I can spend more time in this world

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I loved the novel Graceling, it was exciting and different, unlike anything else that was around when it came out. A strong female lead character, vulnerable male character, intense romance and a gripping adventure story. I remember one of the boys at school telling me it was awesome, but too kissy! LOL. And yet they borrowed it and read it and really liked it. I was keen to check out the graphic novel of the book, and it is good. I found it slightly confusing in the beginning, but I quickly sett I loved the novel Graceling, it was exciting and different, unlike anything else that was around when it came out. A strong female lead character, vulnerable male character, intense romance and a gripping adventure story. I remember one of the boys at school telling me it was awesome, but too kissy! LOL. And yet they borrowed it and read it and really liked it. I was keen to check out the graphic novel of the book, and it is good. I found it slightly confusing in the beginning, but I quickly settled in and got caught up in the story. It is really pacy and the fighting action is well done. The art is simple but well done. The characters in this story have Graces, special abilities and these are advantages to them as they fight for their lives and to protect others, I did get a little confused at one point about which graces everyone had, but as the story moves so fast, you get to understand through the actions rather than the telling. Overall it is a great accompaniment to the novel, I hope they turn the entire series into graphics, I'm sure there is an audience for them and they will spur the book into a new generation of fans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Siofra

    Thank you to Etch/Clarion Books NetGalley for allowing me access to this graphic novel in exchange for my honest thoughts. Plus giving me the chance to visually explore this world before ever reading it! I will be real, this series has always been intriguing to me, but I'm also hesitant about it. However, this graphic novel really helped show me that I LIKE IT! I am very interested in reading the book, knowing how the story goes and how the love develops (as I really didn't see it bloom in the grap Thank you to Etch/Clarion Books NetGalley for allowing me access to this graphic novel in exchange for my honest thoughts. Plus giving me the chance to visually explore this world before ever reading it! I will be real, this series has always been intriguing to me, but I'm also hesitant about it. However, this graphic novel really helped show me that I LIKE IT! I am very interested in reading the book, knowing how the story goes and how the love develops (as I really didn't see it bloom in the graphic novel, but I love them paired), also it seemed like everyone was good and knowing that there are more books has me curious! Also, I liked the art style a lot!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I was so excited when I heard there would be a Graceling graphic novel. It arrived in the mail this week and it did NOT disappoint. Gareth Hinds' art is perfectly realized, and captures the characters in looks and spirit. He does a remarkable job of condensing a lengthy and fairly complicated story, including sufficient world-building, into a graphic novel that is much slimmer than the original. Hoping against hope that he will do the rest of the series as well. I was so excited when I heard there would be a Graceling graphic novel. It arrived in the mail this week and it did NOT disappoint. Gareth Hinds' art is perfectly realized, and captures the characters in looks and spirit. He does a remarkable job of condensing a lengthy and fairly complicated story, including sufficient world-building, into a graphic novel that is much slimmer than the original. Hoping against hope that he will do the rest of the series as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I definitely preferred the novel itself but this was a really good adaption!! ofc there were scenes that needed to be cut. my favorite visuals were often the fight sequences and the scenery. oh and all the close ups of po's rings. absolutely worth reading if you love the books or enjoy action packed fantasies, with beautiful storytelling. I definitely preferred the novel itself but this was a really good adaption!! ofc there were scenes that needed to be cut. my favorite visuals were often the fight sequences and the scenery. oh and all the close ups of po's rings. absolutely worth reading if you love the books or enjoy action packed fantasies, with beautiful storytelling.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Fondriest

    A wonderful and faithful adaptation of one of my favorite YA fantasy stories of all time! My only complaint is that this could have used a few more pages to fully flesh out the relationships, romance, and worldbuilding that makes Graceling such an enduring and compelling fantasy story. The pared down story and less explicit romance (steamier scenes from the book do not appear in the graphic novel) make this appropriate and accessible for younger tween readers while still being a fun fantasy read A wonderful and faithful adaptation of one of my favorite YA fantasy stories of all time! My only complaint is that this could have used a few more pages to fully flesh out the relationships, romance, and worldbuilding that makes Graceling such an enduring and compelling fantasy story. The pared down story and less explicit romance (steamier scenes from the book do not appear in the graphic novel) make this appropriate and accessible for younger tween readers while still being a fun fantasy read for older teens and existing fans of the series. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are, as always, my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a fast-paced fantasy that lends itself well to the graphic novel format. Following characters with special abilities, this one contains a fair share of action and strong main characters. The artwork is also stunning, making the story come to life. This is a great introduction to the world of Graceling, which left me excited to pick up the original series. In the world of Graceling, people with two different coloured eyes are Graced w Full Review on The Candid Cover Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a fast-paced fantasy that lends itself well to the graphic novel format. Following characters with special abilities, this one contains a fair share of action and strong main characters. The artwork is also stunning, making the story come to life. This is a great introduction to the world of Graceling, which left me excited to pick up the original series. In the world of Graceling, people with two different coloured eyes are Graced with special skills. Katsa is Graced with ability to kill with her bare hands, her strength exploited by the king to maintain his power. However, when she meets a prince who is Graced in fighting, they flee together and uncover secrets about themselves and the world they live in. ❀ SEVERAL STRONG CHARACTERS This graphic novel contains several strong characters, and each is well-developed. Katsa is an independent main character, and I enjoyed the way she stands up for herself and fights for what she believes in. Po is also a likeable character who has his own insecurities. However, while these characters are interesting, I found that their relationship lacks chemistry in this format. The story is very plot-driven, which made it a bit difficult for me to truly connect with them at times. ❀ ARTWORK MAKES THE STORY COME TO LIFE I am always interested in seeing the way words are translated to visuals in graphic novel adaptations, and I found that the art style of this book complements the plot well. The depictions of fight scenes and the gorgeous landscapes throughout the book are especially effective. What I found interesting about this one is the way the art style shifts when characters are providing exposition and telling stories, and one scene has a really cool embroidery effect that I have never seen before. The artwork makes the story come to life, which made for an immersive reading experience. ❀ FAST-PACED AND UNIQUE The Graceling graphic novel by Kristin Cashore is a fast-paced and unique fantasy. I enjoyed the concept of characters with special skills, and both main characters are strong. As a graphic novel, this one does feel rushed at times, but the beautiful artwork makes up for this. This is a must-read for fans of the original Graceling books, as well as for those like myself who are looking to get a feel for the story before diving into the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    It has been quite a number of years since I’ve read Graceling, so it was so delightful to enjoy the story again, this time in graphic novel format. For those of you who are new to the Graceling Realm, Katsa is Graced. She is the most feared assassin and King Randa uses her to threaten and maintain his power. Katsa knows that what is asked of her is often wrong, so she and her friends have created a council that seek to fight for justice. On one of her missions, Katsa encounters another Graced fig It has been quite a number of years since I’ve read Graceling, so it was so delightful to enjoy the story again, this time in graphic novel format. For those of you who are new to the Graceling Realm, Katsa is Graced. She is the most feared assassin and King Randa uses her to threaten and maintain his power. Katsa knows that what is asked of her is often wrong, so she and her friends have created a council that seek to fight for justice. On one of her missions, Katsa encounters another Graced fighter. When Po turns up at Rwanda’s court, Katsa has no choice but to let him in on the secret of the council. And when troubling news from the Kingdom Monsea of reaches them, Po and Katsa team up to discover the truth behind the rumours. With the release of Winterkeep recently, the fourth book in the series, the Graceling series is alive and well and there will be plenty of old and new Graceling fans who I am sure will be desperate to read this graphic novel edition. The graphic novel format will also no doubt introduce the story to a new group of readers. The panels are beautifully illustrated and it brings the characters and setting to life in a whole new way. Close ups of both Katsa and Po show their eyes to great effect and there are some great fight scene sequences. The book is still narrated by Katsa and boxes give us her internal thoughts. All the story is there, just as I remember it and it perfectly captures the plot and essence of the story, while focussing on the action and growing relationship of trust between Katsa and Po A beautiful graphic novel version of a beloved novel. I can’t wait to share this one with my fantasy and graphic novel lovers alike. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Katsa is Graced with killing, a skill she does not wish to have. The King, Randa, uses her as his pawn to inflict fear on the people he rules over. Katsa has always despised her uncle for trying to control her. With the help of her guards, she creates a council to fight against her uncle. On a mission on Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Katsa is Graced with killing, a skill she does not wish to have. The King, Randa, uses her as his pawn to inflict fear on the people he rules over. Katsa has always despised her uncle for trying to control her. With the help of her guards, she creates a council to fight against her uncle. On a mission one night to rescue a prisoner, she meets Prince Po of Liend and everything changes. I was a big fan of Graceling when I first read the novel, and I loved seeing these characters in graphic novel form! I enjoyed seeing the world brought to life and the art style was wonderful. I think the biggest complaint I have is that because it was a graphic novel, a lot of the buildup to Katsa's and Po's relationship was left out. There were just so many important events from the novel that couldn't be fully included, as the graphic novel needed to be shorter than a full blown novel. Overall, I enjoyed this addition to the graceling universe, and I do think fans should read it for the nostalgia. I also think it would be great for those who have not read the novel yet, to give them an introduction into the world and these characters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This story really worked as a graphic novel and I hope more fantasy series are translated into this medium. I loved the artwork. The visuals, especially the maps, added to the world building and texture of the story. I loved how Katsa & Po were drawn; their expressions, posture, attire, definitely matched the dialogue and characterisation from the novel. I did have a big of a giggle when Katsa *spoilers* realises she loves Po. It was so melodramatic in very traditional comic book style and for s This story really worked as a graphic novel and I hope more fantasy series are translated into this medium. I loved the artwork. The visuals, especially the maps, added to the world building and texture of the story. I loved how Katsa & Po were drawn; their expressions, posture, attire, definitely matched the dialogue and characterisation from the novel. I did have a big of a giggle when Katsa *spoilers* realises she loves Po. It was so melodramatic in very traditional comic book style and for some reason I found it quite funny! I think this graphic novel was crafted with real passion and respect for the original work and it definitely pays off. Really enjoyed it and will happily recommend it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a captivating story about Kasta, a neice of the King, who has the power to kill with her bare hands. Her world suddenly changes when she meets Po a foreign prince and learns unsettling secrets about another kingdom. I had previously heard very good things about this fantasy series which is why I decided to try the graphic novel version. I was very impressed with the drawing style and I loved how detailed the panels were. Many scenes in this book take place outdoor Graceling by Kristin Cashore is a captivating story about Kasta, a neice of the King, who has the power to kill with her bare hands. Her world suddenly changes when she meets Po a foreign prince and learns unsettling secrets about another kingdom. I had previously heard very good things about this fantasy series which is why I decided to try the graphic novel version. I was very impressed with the drawing style and I loved how detailed the panels were. Many scenes in this book take place outdoors and traveling and I thought that the illustrator did these scenes very well. I enjoyed the plot line and did not expect many of the twists in the story. This made me even more interested to keep going and finish the book in one sitting. I really loved the relationship that builds between Kasta and Po, as well as the character of Bitterblue. I thought that the different graces that people could have were also interesting. Overall I really enjoyed this book and will definitely continue the series if they continue with the graphic novel versions. Thank you Netgalley for providing an arc copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    3.5/5 ⭐️ The Graceling is a staple YA book that follows Katsa, a Graceling who has the ability to fight and kill with extreme skill. After she meets another Graceling named Po who ends up turning the world she knew world upside-down. This graphic retelling follows Katsa and Po with beautiful pictures and great dialogue. I am 97% sure I read the Graceling when I was younger but I have to say that I do not remember the book at all so reading this graphic novel was all new to me. I loved the story a 3.5/5 ⭐️ The Graceling is a staple YA book that follows Katsa, a Graceling who has the ability to fight and kill with extreme skill. After she meets another Graceling named Po who ends up turning the world she knew world upside-down. This graphic retelling follows Katsa and Po with beautiful pictures and great dialogue. I am 97% sure I read the Graceling when I was younger but I have to say that I do not remember the book at all so reading this graphic novel was all new to me. I loved the story and I love how badass Katsa is! Honestly though, the art was my favorite thing about this book. It is much different than the art style I typically like in graphic novels, but it blended so well with the story that it really improved the reading experience. I would love to see more staple YA books become graphic novels! I think it’s a great way to reach a new generation of readers, many who have grown up reading graphic novels like the ones by Shannon Hale or Raina Telgemeier. I also think this book would be great from former fans of the Graceling series who are looking to reread a favorite of theirs. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I have been dying to read Graceling for quite a long while. I bought the new cover, but still haven’t gotten to it. So when I saw the option to read the Graphic Novel first, I took it. After finishing this, I am completely psyched up to read the book, because I LOVED the story!!! Katsa is Graced. Her grace gives her the ability to fight and she is unmatched in that area. This is her journey to fight her way out of the clutches of tyrannical rulers, find love, and teach girls how to save themselve I have been dying to read Graceling for quite a long while. I bought the new cover, but still haven’t gotten to it. So when I saw the option to read the Graphic Novel first, I took it. After finishing this, I am completely psyched up to read the book, because I LOVED the story!!! Katsa is Graced. Her grace gives her the ability to fight and she is unmatched in that area. This is her journey to fight her way out of the clutches of tyrannical rulers, find love, and teach girls how to save themselves. Any fantasy book with an undertone of feminism and I am all in! My favorite part about the story is that you can always tell when someone is Graced by the color of their eyes. They have heterochromia, two different colored eyes. I don’t know what about that intrigues me so much, but it does. I loooooooved Katsa’s strength and her love interest Po, even more. Why do I always fall for guys in books? My standards must be way too high!😂 Thank You to Clarion Books & NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    Take my star rating with a grain of salt. I am not sure how I feel about this adaptation. Much like the danger with movies, graphic novels can be either really wonderful and really terrible - simultaneously depending on the viewer/reader. Now this artist is very talented, most recently known for his Iliad and Odyssey graphic novel adaptation. But the style just did not work for me for how I picture this story. Additionally, I’m pretty sure all the dialogue was just directly taken from the book. Take my star rating with a grain of salt. I am not sure how I feel about this adaptation. Much like the danger with movies, graphic novels can be either really wonderful and really terrible - simultaneously depending on the viewer/reader. Now this artist is very talented, most recently known for his Iliad and Odyssey graphic novel adaptation. But the style just did not work for me for how I picture this story. Additionally, I’m pretty sure all the dialogue was just directly taken from the book. I guess I don’t read adaptations that often, but I thought adaptations were usually changed a bit and not word for word? And I recognized the quotes cause I’ve read Graceling about a dozen times. Anyway, not bad, but as a superfan, I did not care for it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lila

    I received an E-ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The original novel is so wonderful that I was really curious about how this would come to life as a graphic novel! I think in general, it did a great job maintaining the plot and designing the characters. The one thing I was a little iffy on was how plain the art was. There were a couple of moments of greatness, like the epilogue, but overall it was a fantasy story told without very fantastical art. This will be gr I received an E-ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The original novel is so wonderful that I was really curious about how this would come to life as a graphic novel! I think in general, it did a great job maintaining the plot and designing the characters. The one thing I was a little iffy on was how plain the art was. There were a couple of moments of greatness, like the epilogue, but overall it was a fantasy story told without very fantastical art. This will be great for my students who aren't quite ready for full-length novels yet. It's a full, rich story that will hold their attention. My review is mostly dedicated to the art, not the story, which I have already rated in the past.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeska

    While I was delighted to revisit an old friend of a story, and thought the adaptation was… fine…, I was disappointed to learn that the vibrant cover was not really indicative of the art throughout the rest of the book. I hate to write a disparaging review, but between my personal disconnect from the visual style, and a certain… rather gruesomely portrayed scene near the end, I cannot say that I enjoyed this graphic novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gretal

    When I first saw what the art looked like, I was unsure, but I really really liked this. The art was lovely, the way the novel was adapted was fantastic. Of course I would love if we got a graphic novel version of Fire.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Krissa Boman

    Learning about this late but GOD I can't wait!!!! Learning about this late but GOD I can't wait!!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    ally

    ummm YES PLEASE how did i not know about this? A FREAKING GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR GRACELING!!?!? (although, i must admit, the cover is not my favorite) ^^ oo look at me rhyming

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alora

    Super excited to see a graphic adaptation of one of my favorite YA novels growing up. Obviously the novel is going to provide more detail and background information, but I think Hinds has created a faithful adaptation that captures much of what I love about the original. I am impressed by how he depicted the fight scenes, and the dialogue and narration are easy to follow. The art is stunning all around and the use of cross stitch to depict Leck's backstory was unique. I easily devoured this grap Super excited to see a graphic adaptation of one of my favorite YA novels growing up. Obviously the novel is going to provide more detail and background information, but I think Hinds has created a faithful adaptation that captures much of what I love about the original. I am impressed by how he depicted the fight scenes, and the dialogue and narration are easy to follow. The art is stunning all around and the use of cross stitch to depict Leck's backstory was unique. I easily devoured this graphic novel and would happily read more Graceling Realm adaptations!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    Perfect match of source material and graphic novel adaptation!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I'll admit it, I haven't actually read Graceling even though it's been on my radar forever. I'm even more intrigued about the story now, and will probably go back and read it soon. I'll admit it, I haven't actually read Graceling even though it's been on my radar forever. I'm even more intrigued about the story now, and will probably go back and read it soon.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    watch my short review here: https://youtu.be/MOsv-F3O9IA watch my short review here: https://youtu.be/MOsv-F3O9IA

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shanaka

    awesome. just simply awesome.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie✨

    I CALLED IT. I’ve literally been saying for YEARS that this should be a graphic novel and now it’s finally happening!!!!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    **Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristin Cashore and Gareth Hinds through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this opportunity. Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristin Cashore and adapted/illustrated by Gareth Hinds is a graphic novel adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel Graceling.  It tells the story of Lady Katsa who is supposedly graced with killing.  Katsa gets caught up into a greater cons **Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristin Cashore and Gareth Hinds through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this opportunity. Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristin Cashore and adapted/illustrated by Gareth Hinds is a graphic novel adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel Graceling.  It tells the story of Lady Katsa who is supposedly graced with killing.  Katsa gets caught up into a greater conspiracy and has to go on a daring rescue.  The graphic novel adaptation is set to be published on November 16th.  I rated it four stars on Goodreads. Here's the summary from Goodreads: The beloved New York Times best-selling YA fantasy by Kristin Cashore is now available as a graphic novel, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Gareth Hinds. Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she lived a life of privilege until the day her ability to kill a man with her bare hands revealed itself during a royal banquet. Now she acts as her uncle’s enforcer, traveling the kingdom and threatening those who dare oppose him. But everything changes when she meets Po, a foreign prince Graced with combat skills who is searching for the truth about his grandfather’s disappearance. When Katsa agrees to help him, she never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that could destroy them all. With "gorgeous storytelling" (School Library Journal, starred review) and characters "crafted with meticulous devotion" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Graceling is a beloved classic that has continued to resonate with readers for over a decade. I loved the Graceling novel.  It was so interesting and well written.  The world building was fantastic and I just really loved Katsa as a character.  I also really loved the romance that develops between her and Po.  This graphic novel was a great amalgamation of so many of the best elements of the novel. I loved the art style.  The characters were well designed and just like I expected them to look.  The colours were lovely and it was just a really well done graphic novel. They took the key points of the story and put them into an easier to read version.  You didn't lose the world building and it was just all very beautiful. As I mentioned, I love the story.  Fantasy is one of my favourite genres, and while this had some of the typical elements of high fantasy, it also had a lot of elements that I didn't expect to come across.  The Graces feel very unique to me.  I like how different they were and the ways that they presented visually. Overall, if you're interested in the plot of the story, you should definitely check out the original and also the graphic novel adaptation when it comes out in November.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    *Happy sigh* It's just so preposterously good. I'm someone who's read (and loved) the novel Graceling multiple times before, so I'm coming from that perspective, but I think that someone new to this world would also be entranced by this work. Hinds' take on the characters is wonderful - he's managed to distill the essence of the story without sacrificing any of Katsa or Po's character development. And while we don't get to see as much from the other characters (since we're not inside their heads *Happy sigh* It's just so preposterously good. I'm someone who's read (and loved) the novel Graceling multiple times before, so I'm coming from that perspective, but I think that someone new to this world would also be entranced by this work. Hinds' take on the characters is wonderful - he's managed to distill the essence of the story without sacrificing any of Katsa or Po's character development. And while we don't get to see as much from the other characters (since we're not inside their heads, and there are fewer scenes to depict how they respond to different situations), they're wonderfully familiar, and mostly come through as lovely snapshots of themselves. The exception to this is (view spoiler)[Bann and Raffin's romantic relationship. I understand that it would've been hard to include anything about it in the text, since it was approached in a pretty oblique way in this book. But it's a *graphic* novel, ffs. Show them sharing a tender look while tending Tealiff, briefly holding hands under the table at the Council meeting, etc. At least then it'd be referenced, and not just omitted. (hide spoiler)] But even though I wish we'd gotten a panel to see something about that, it doesn't keep me from smiling at the book as it sits next to me. And it *definitely* doesn't keep me from hoping for a future collaboration between these two. Personally, I'd vote for Bitterblue to come next. While Fire is a great book (and the monsters would be lovely to see visualized), battles are boring. And Leck City, Saf, Death, and Lovejoy would be marvelous to see through Hinds' eyes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    This is the quick and easy graphic version of a complex narrative, so I feel like it's missing some of the depth and worldbuilding that make Graceling so engaging, but I also understand that there's only so much that can fit into a single volume graphic novel aimed at younger readers. The story centers around Katsa, a Graceling born with the extreme skill of murder. As a Graceling, she belongs to the king and her king uses her skills mercilessly to abuse and terrify her enemies. But Katsa also se This is the quick and easy graphic version of a complex narrative, so I feel like it's missing some of the depth and worldbuilding that make Graceling so engaging, but I also understand that there's only so much that can fit into a single volume graphic novel aimed at younger readers. The story centers around Katsa, a Graceling born with the extreme skill of murder. As a Graceling, she belongs to the king and her king uses her skills mercilessly to abuse and terrify her enemies. But Katsa also secretly uses her skills to help those in need. It's in one of those side missions that she meets a young man that ends up being the catalyst to her finally standing up to the king and going her own way. Or as the case may be, how she winds up on a journey to investigate the mysterious actions of the king and queen of a neighboring country. There is a lot of violence in this book. Even with Katsa's aversion to killing, there is so much blood and death. There is something about having it in visual form versus written form that really made it stand out for me. It's not excessive or anything considering that it's a book about someone with the special skill to kill, but it did stand out. The art is fine. It has a washed-out quality that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, but it's at least very easy to follow. Overall, it's a good alternative to reading the novel and might get kids interested in getting the full story afterward. Happy thanks to NetGalley and Etch/Clarion Books for the early read!

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