Graceling Discussion

We will be discussing the book Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Here are some questions to think about:

1. Did the author do a good job of world building?

2. Which of the characters did you like the most? Which did you dislike? Were you able to keep the characters straight?

3. Were there parts of the book you especialy enjoyed, or parts you did not like?

4. Did the plot take turns you did not expect, or did you find it predictable?

5. What was the most influential factor in drawing you in or turning you off the book?

6. Is it a blessing or a curse to be graced?

7. Why do you think the graced are feared, when it seems that many graces are actually very useful?

8. When Katsa finally confronts King Randa, she thinks that mercy is more frightening than murder (p. 170). What does she mean by that?

9. Did the ending surprise you? If it did, what did you expect?

10. Would you want to be graced? Why or why not? What grace would you want to have?

11. Do you want to the read the next book in the series (which is Fire)?

12. If you could talk to the author, is there a question you would ask her?

13. Are there any questions you would to ask, or other issues or elements you would like to discuss?

14. How does your opinion of Katsa change through out the book?

15. How does Katsa describe her “nature” at the start of the novel? Does she believe she can alter this “nature”? Do you think her “nature” changes by the end of the novel?

16. The concept of a Grace plays an important role in the development of characters in Graceling. What is your definition of a Grace? If you could have a special Grace, what would it be? How would you use it in your current life?

17. Which type of Grace do you think is more powerful—one that is an enhancement of physical strengths or one that is an enhancement of mental strenghts?

18. What are the things Katsa fears the most? How do these fears affect her thoughts, actions, and behavior?

19. Gracelings are described as “outsiders” and “not normal.” If the skills of a Graceling are not helpful to the king then they are ostracized from their community. Why do the townspeople treat the Gracelings in this way?

20. How does Katsa’s understanding of friendship change throughout the story?

21. The Council is very important to Katsa. Why? What is the purpose and mission of the Council?

23. Prince Po’s grandfather, Prince Tealiff, tells Katsa that Po “sees the strength in beautiful things.” He explains that this is what makes Po different from his six brothers. How does Po’s appreciation of beauty influence his connection to people, animals, and nature? Is his perception of beauty changed in any way by the end of the novel?

24. Katsa is fiercely independent yet she is able to care deeply and love Po. Po is equally self-sufficient yet falls deeply in love with Katsa. How does the tension between being independent and being in love affect their relationship?

25. Katsa ponders the traditions of marriage and begins to imagine a more unconventional, yet long-lasting, relationship for herself and Po. Do you have any thoughts about the institution of marriage? Do you think alternatives to marriage exist for people in love?

26. In what ways do the contours of the landscape both help and hinder Katsa and Po in their attempt to save Bitterblue from King Leck?

27. Katsa learns that power throughout the Seven Kingdoms can be gained from a variety of sources. What are some of these sources? What opinions does Katsa have about people in positions of authority? Is she interested in having power or authority over others?

28. Katsa spends much of her daily life involved in combat and fighting. Describe how she feels about combat at the start of the novel. Do her opinions about being a skilled fighter change by the end of the story? How and why?

29. Describe Katsa’s Grace over the course of her life, when it is first discovered, how Randa uses it, how she is able to use it for Council, and how her perception of it changes when she travels with Po and later Bitterblue.

30. How does Po’s true Grace differ from what others believe it to be? Who knows of his true Grace? How does Katsa react to the truth of Po’s Grace, and ultimately how does his Grace compensate for his loss of sight?

31. What is King Leck’s Grace, and how is he able to use it to gain & keep a throne?

32. Explain the nature of Katsa’s relationship with each of these important characters: Raffin, Oll, Giddon, and Helda.

33. When Katsa and Bitterblue come across Leck at Po’s castle, how does he affect the two; and what ultimately allows Katsa to kill him?

34. What is the most useful Grace? What is the most dangerous Grace?

Since I have not read the book, I searched for possible questions.  We do not have to discuss all these questions but we can a starting point.


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  • Marlo

    Very good! Had a great discussion that spoke about the book as well as larger issues in scifi & fantasy.

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Michelle R.

      I liked the way our conversation flowed

      May 29, 2013

  • Marisa

    Okay see everyone tomorrow @ 1 pm

    May 25, 2013

  • Marlo

    Question: Any possibility of moving this up to 1pm? Another meetup group just scheduled a second class of the plus size bellydancing class that I attended this past weekend for 3:30pm on this same day.

    April 24, 2013

    • Marlo

      Yes, I can. 1pm at Noodles in Pentagon Row on May 26th.

      May 23, 2013

    • Michelle R.

      Cool. I will call Marisa

      May 24, 2013

  • Shunda

    I am good with the 26th at 7pm. Thanks for calling me.

    May 16, 2013

  • Michelle R.

    Can we change the meeting date? I forgot that my niece has her gymnastics meet at 3 in Hampton, Via this day.

    May 9, 2013

    • Michelle R.

      Great. Just have to hear from Marisa and Shunda

      May 14, 2013

    • Michelle R.

      Is everyone is good at 7pm on May 26th at the same place?

      May 16, 2013

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