Graceling (Graphic Novel)
Graceling (Graphic Novel)
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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #299969
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: c2021
Pages: 257 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-358-25047-1 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0106-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-358-25047-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0106-3
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Katsa has the ability e Grace fight ruthlessly, making her a fearsome tool for her King, a job she despises. Alongside the prince, the king's spymaster, and others, Katsa forms a secret council that works to counter some of the evil done by the kings of the Seven Kingdoms. While rescuing the kidnapped prince of a neighboring country, Katsa meets Po, grandson of the kidnapped prince and Graced with fighting skills of his own. The two team up to investigate, and they're led to the king of Monsea, a man with a very dangerous, very secret Grace. This gorgeous adaptation of Cashore's bestselling novel maintains all of the action, suspense, and romance of the source material. Some of the world building and small, yet important, details from the original appear in the artwork, filling out areas that might have been short-changed by a less-capable adapter. As a result, this rich graphic novel gives fans of the story the details they love while making it easy for those new to the series to follow the complicated plot.
Kirkus Reviews
A fresh version of the story of the Graceling Realm’s beginnings.In the Seven Kingdoms, some people are born with Graces, or unusually strong natural abilities. Lady Katsa, who is Graced with killing, works as a heavy for her uncle the king while secretly leading an underground council who oppose him. When she befriends charming Prince Po, a Graced fighter, the two uncover the threat posed by a neighboring king with a Grace even more dangerous than Katsa’s own. This is at its heart much more than just an adventure story: It is a story that looks at consent and power over others and a romance between two people dealing with the ways control over themselves affects the larger world—and their hearts as well. Above all, it is the tale of Katsa’s journey to realizing she may not be the monster she was always told she was. Po’s openness hides painful secrets, Katsa struggles to understand her own needs, and their love grows from mutual respect. Exploring emotional specificity within a fantastical world, Cashore’s singular voice shines through. Hinds’ expressive, detailed, full-color art serves the tone of the story well, and although some beloved moments have been sacrificed in this restructuring, the sweeping landscapes and dynamic action sequences add new layers. Most characters read White; the Lienid people, like Po, have light-brown skin.An adaptation of a YA classic that is sure to draw in new fans. (author's note) (Graphic fantasy. 14-18)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 9-12

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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