Graceling is a fantasy novel set in a world where people born with heterochromia-that is, two differently-coloured eyes-possess one extreme skill. Katsa, the heroine, is Graced with killing and forced to serve her king as a thug. But when she tries to atone for the death she's caused, she undercovers a mystery connected to a larger conspiracy. If you like well-drawn characters with amazing backstories, romance that doesn't feel forced, or are just interested in a new fantasy novel with a fresh and original concept, then Graceling is for you.
Gemma Turner (Queen's Square Library)