Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.
In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.
She moved again to pass him, and he moved to block her, and it was almost with relief that struck out at his face. It was just a feint, and when he ducked she jammed at his stomach with her knee, but her twisted so that the blow didn’t fall true , and came back with a fist to her stomach. She took the blow, just to see how well he hit, and then wished she hadn’t.
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.
She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.
She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.
22nd – 28th – What’s your favourite bookish accessory that’s NOT a book? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess).
My Kindle shell case. I’m a clutz who drops everything and it would have broken years ago if not for the case. Plus it looks like mermaid scales.
I also love bookmarks but forget to use them.