# of Pages: 471
2010-2011 Iowa Teen Award Winner
Katsa lives in a world where some people are born with special powers called Graces. Katsa believes her grace to be one for killing and hates herself for fulfilling the terrible tasks her King makes her do. One day she meets a man named Po from another country who is looking for his grandfather who was kidnapped. Katsa had already rescued the old man, but they did not want to release that information due to the fact that they still do not know who kidnapped him in the first place. As Katsa and Po start to investigate who might want to hurt his family, they become fearful that they may have to save everyone from a corrupt king using an immoral grace.
This fantasy story was original and unique in a way that makes the reader want to keep reading. The story contains interesting and colorful characters as well as an exciting, and at times suspenseful, plot that is full of surprises until the end. Recommended for students and adults who like fantasy books. The idea of the graces is interesting and lends an extra layer of intrigue to this tale that will no doubt be around for a long time.