Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace — a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift — this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. 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. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa. 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. But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used — and even more at the injustices she sees around her. Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...perhaps. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She 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. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, a debut author creates a mesmerizing medieval world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will captivate readers.