His eyes, Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, uneven, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn't shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn't seem human....
Then he raised his eyebrows a hair, and his mouth
shifted into the hint of a smirk. He nodded at her, just barely, and it
released her from her spell.
Cocky, she thought. Cocky and
arrogant, this one, and that was all there was to make of him. Whatever
game he was playing, if he expected her to join him he would be
In a world where people born with an extreme
skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden
of the 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 execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who
When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.
She never expects to become Po's friend.
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.
My Review: 7/10
line was really predictable at times. Characters were likeable,
relatable, though the two main were getting on my nerves a lot by the
end- too whiny. Decently well written. Despite being soaked in violence,
most of the time I didn't feel it was overdone.
The villain was
definitely creepy, enough that, despite his rather limited involvement, I
probably wouldn't have read this book knowing that was the realm of
evil I was getting involved in.
Truly, I felt the novel did well
enough on it's own that a sequel wasn't necessary. So I kind of wonder
how it's going to go in the next book.