Bound To Stay Bound

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 Graceling : the graphic novel
 Author: Cashore, Kristin

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 257 p., col. ill., col. map, 22 cm

 BTSB No: 197857 ISBN: 9780358250425
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Fantasy fiction
 Ability -- Fiction
 Kings and rulers -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $22.58

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter, who is a foreign prince graced with combat skills, to save their land from her uncle, a corrupt king. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Hinds, Gareth
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 518744

   Booklist (11/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 Gr 9 Up—Throughout the Seven Kingdoms, individuals with two different colored eyes are Graced with unique talents. Blue- and green-eyed Katsa, King Randa's niece, is Graced with fighting abilities, so the king uses her as a thug, but Katsa has started a Secret Council where she and others work for justice. When Prince Po, a silver- and gold-eyed Graceling from Lienid, comes to Randa's court to find his kidnapped grandfather, he inspires Katsa to leave Randa's service and discover the reason for the kidnapping—and the truth behind King Leck of Monsea's reputation for kindness. Hinds's graphic novel retelling is faithful to Cashore's original story, honoring her world-building, characters, plot, dialogue, and description; his art brings the highly visual tale to life, from dramatic fight sequences and beautiful landscapes to details like a blush on Katsa's cheeks and ice on her eyelashes. The Gracelings' heterochromia is visually striking. Katsa and most Middluns people are white; Po and the Lienids have brown skin. As the characters change locations, Randa's castle's secret passageways and maps of the seven kingdoms are woven naturally into the story, helping readers follow the action. VERDICT This rich graphic novel adaptation should delight existing fans of the Graceling realm and attract many new ones. Highly recommended for all YA graphic novel collections.—Jenny Arch, Lilly Lib., Florence, MA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/01/2021 Katsa has the ability—the Grace—to 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. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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