I had heard so many good things about this book. In fact while I was reading it, I didn't want the story to end. I loved the setting, I loved the characters, I found the story captivating.Kristen Cashore takes you into a world where people are gifted with Graces or special talents. Katsa is gifted with the grace of killing. She works as an "enforcer" for her uncle, the king. Katsa meets another person who is graced, Po. Together, they go to rescue Princess Bitterblue from her father. Kristen Cashore is a gifted storyteller. I loved being in her world. The story was well paced. The characters were believable. This book would make a great movie.