The Scoop: (Goodreads)
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
Katsa is definitely a kick-ass heroine from the beginning. I love her misunderstood and sometimes sassy character from the first page. (Yeah, she's killed some people with just her pinkie, but it wasn't her fault, it's just her Grace.)
|My Grace is licking my hiney and digging holes to China.|
Her inevitable romance with Prince Po is well played out (not too fast not too boring...) and his character is admirable as well.
He's clever and self-sufficient. He doesn't over-stalk Katsa and their relationship feels organic not contrived. I feel that many YA books have great heroines (which I love), but somewhat boring love interests, which makes me insane. I'm talking to you Caspian.)
|I just turned up in this book to love you, baby. That's all. I'm stalker-ish and creepy, but I'm hot, so you'll love me anyway!|