Katsa has known about her Grace since she was ten-years-old when she killed a man for touching her. Ever since then, people have avoided looking her in the eye or being close to her in any way. Her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, is the only one who sees the potential of her Grace and has her sent to his Captain, Oll, to have her trained in the art of combat. Soon she is sent to do the King’s dirty work around the Middluns and beyond.It is on her latest mission, when she comes into contact with another Graced fighter, that her life changes. She is thrust into a mystery that involves the skilled fighter, her own Grace, and a terrible secret that lies in a land far away. Katsa travels further from home than ever before and learns to put her trust in someone other than herself.GRACELING is a thrilling story of survival. Kristin Cashore’s ability to create the “magical” world of the seven kingdoms is impressive. While maintaining the excitement, the author also weaves together a tender love story. If you enjoy GRACELING, you’ll definitely be happy to hear about the companion book, FIRE, that is due to be released October 5, 2009.