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In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a 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 carry out his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade. Finding life under his rule increasingly unbearable, Katsa forms an underground Council whose purpose is to combat the destructive behaviour of the seven kings – after all, the Middluns is only one of the Seven Kingdoms, each of them ruled by their own king and his personal agenda for power.
Kristin Cashore studierte am Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. Ihre Bücher »Die Beschenkte«, »Die Flammende« und »Die Königliche« schafften sofort den Sprung auf die New-York-Times-Bestsellerliste und wurden vielfach ausgezeichnet.
“I enjoyed this novel immensely. The Graced citizens of the seven kingdoms are reviled, admired, lauded, or avoided–or all of the above, in turn. Katsa, the Graced heroine of the novel, is a complex, conflicted young woman whose quest to own her gifts and control her own life form the core of the story.” (Leserin) (2.451 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne), 481 Seiten noch günstig?