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Graceling

Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Book 1
Lu par : Emma Powell
Série : Graceling, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 32 min
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In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable Katsa forms an underground Council, whose purpose is to combat the destructive behaviour of the seven kings - after all, the Middluns is only one of the Seven Kingdoms, each of them ruled by their own king and his personal agenda for power.When the Council hears that the King of Liend's father has been kidnapped Katsa investigates . . . and stumbles across a mystery. Who would want to kidnap him, and why? And who was the extraordinary Graced fighter who challenged her fighting skills, for the first time, as she and the Council rushed the old man to saftey? Something dark and deadly is rising in the north and creeping across the continent, and behind it all lurks the shadowy figure of a one-eyed king.

©2009 Kristin Cashore (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Moonglotexas
  • 12/09/2013

Absolutely Mesmerising!

Would you consider the audio edition of Graceling to be better than the print version?

Yes, though during the action scenes I was desperate to ensure the survival of key people, the audio version made sure I savoured the writing, the emotions and the subtle power shifts

What other book might you compare Graceling to and why?

It is in the league of the great series: Eragon, The Hunger Games, The Lynburn Legacy, Lunar Chronicles, The Mortal Instruments. It has the folklore feeling of Eragon and Lynburn, the war of The Hunger Games, the cheekiness of the Instruments and the creative setting of Lunar

Have you listened to any of Emma Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Only the subsequent novels to this one, she is fab in all 3

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the two main characters come to together on the right side, and trust each, it's a pivotal moment

Any additional comments?

Loved it and the next two books, hungry for the fourth!

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  • Rick
  • 24/05/2013

Super heroes in a fantasy setting

What made the experience of listening to Graceling the most enjoyable?

The reader has a voice that is easy to listen to, and I wouldnt be surprised if she is a voice actor, her characters are that good.

What did you like best about this story?

Unusual premise - what would a fantasy world with super heroes look like? A bit like X-men in Lord of the Rings perhaps. You never fear for the protagonist in an out and out fight, she's unbeatable. But she is vulnerable in other ways, and her super power - her grace - is not as straight forward as you might think.

While primarily a fantasy story, there is a romantic story in here, as well as a story of a woman who grows in the telling.

Any additional comments?

I found myself listening to the story in bed at night, not just in my car like I usually do with other audio books. Thats usually the sign of a book I'm really enjoying.

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  • Ayna Sandnes
  • 04/06/2016

Brilliant

I love this book and its characters so very much. The narrator does the voices justice.

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  • a1978s1
  • 07/05/2015

Nine times!

I've read each of them nine times already. I think that speaks for itself, right?

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  • Berenice Gómez Zaleta
  • 16/10/2019

Historia muy plana

La idea prometía más. Creo que nos queda a deber en emoción. Lo rescatable es la lectura de Emma Powell

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  • Ramzy Chamut
  • 23/08/2018

Wonderful

After reading the book of Fire by Kristin Cashore I was excited to pick this one up and read it. After not being able to find the hard copy I decided to try it out in Audible and I realize it was the best thing I could’ve done. Emma gives life to the characters and personality, it is extraordinary the combination of both the amazing world that Kristin built and the beautiful and talented voice of Emma. It’s just a treat to your ears and the most beautiful story to ever cross in my life. This is my no. 1 book and that’s saying a lot. I can’t wait to start listening to Bitterblue. Good luck to both of the wonderful girls that made this book perfect, Kristin and Emma. Love to both of you.

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  • Joki
  • 20/11/2013

Straightforward Fantasy, Good Narration

Graceling is a modern throwback to the fantasy books of the 1980s and 1990s - a straightforward story, relatively low key romance, and complete lack of over the top heroines and too-modern-sounding teens. But at the same time, some of the more frustrating YA staples are here: adults are evil and the guys all have a case of insta-love on our heroine. But it is decently enough written to keep me entertained with the Audible version.

Katsa is a graceling - blessed with an ability (in her case, ability to kill easily) that marks her as different. Her uncle, the king, uses her as his personal enforcer, sending her out to hurt those who displease him. On one such trip, Katsa encounters a young man, a prince from a neighboring country, and after that, their fates will be entwined as she must learn to use her abilities compassionately and not as her Uncle's thug. But he has a secret grace and she will be drawn into politics of the world on a grand scale.

This is a stand alone though there are two other books in this same world (one a prequel of sorts and the other a sequel but both with different characters). I did feel the book floats around quite a bit and lacks a good solid structure. As well, it can get tiring hearing Katsa echo the same thoughts over and over. Yes, we get the idea you don't want to marry. No, we don't need all the guys falling all over you even though you're supposedly deadly. And yes, we have a hero who is once again just a bit too good to be true.

I would probably rate this around 3.5 stars. It's nice to see a return to more traditional fantasy (rather than the ubiquitous YA urban fantasy) but at the same time, I wish the characters were a bit more distinct and multilayered.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25/02/2013

Enjoyable Fantasy

This is written for young adults so it is a bit faster paced than some fantasy which I like. The author paints a vivid, believable world and has strong, sympathetic characters. I have previously read the book so knew the story line and I think it was because of this I found the narrator a bit difficult to listen to at first as her voice was nothing like I had imagined any of the characters. Once I got used to her however I enjoyed her portrayal of the characters. Good listen. I recommend it if you enjoy this genre.

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  • Daniel
  • 15/07/2013

its just too clean and simple.

What disappointed you about Graceling?

Its too clean and simple. its a bit like cooking pasta - anyone can dish it up....

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  • Anders Salen Aarseth
  • 10/05/2018

Yea didn't like it sorry, female super emotional

Yea didn't like it sorry, female super emotional wreck and kinda annoying her name.
Don't really understand how this got good reviews

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  • M. B.
  • 21/12/2016

Wundervolle Geschichte

... über eine junge Frau mit einer besonderen Begabung. Eingewoben in eine Phantasy-Welt mit Königreichen und Schicksalen erlebt man hier die Geschichte eines Erwachsenwerdens mit. Sicherlich für "Young adults" gedacht, hat diese Geschichte aber auch meiner 13-jährigen Tochter sehr gefallen. Also für alle Altersklassen ;-)

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  • Pinkezwergbanane
  • 04/09/2015

I loved it!

The Story is absolutely wonderful and I couldn't stop hearing it. So it took me only two days to hear it. The Reader is extremely good and fits perfectly to the story and the characters. I can only give five stars. I would give more if I could.