May 12, 2009


"In a world where people born with an extreme skill -- called 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 execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anuone who displeases him.
When she first meets Prince Po, who is 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." --Book Jacket


Shoshanna Bush as Katsa- Katsa is the niece of King Randa. When she was 8 years old, her Grace appeared. When a man at her uncle's court had reached out to fondle her leg, she turned around and struck the heel of her hand into the man's nose, killing him instantly. Her Grace was one of killing. From that point on, King Ransa used her as his strong-arm and occasional assassin. Although she hates what she does, she believes she does not have to power to stop it.

Sean Faris as Prince Po- Po is the youngest prince of Lienid. He is searching for his kidnapped grandfather when he runs into Katsa. He suspects Katsa of being involved in the kidnapping and follows her home. It turns out that Po has a fighting grace and for the first time, Katsa has someone who can challenge her in a fight. The two develop an uneasy friendship while sparring.

Adair Tischler as Bitterblue- Bitterblue is princess of Monsea and Po's niece. When Po hears of strange developments in Monsea, he and Katsa travels there to investigate. Bitterblue is a tough kid, about 10 years old, who stoically accepts matters when her world is upheaved.

Lucas Babin as Prince Raffin- Prince Raffin is the son of King Ransa and Katsa's cousin. He is her closest friend. His father considers him a disappointment, because he is more interested in herbs and medicine than politicking and fighting. This disappointment doesn't bother Raffin however, because he sees his father as little more than a bully.

Rufus Sewell as King Leck- King Leck is king of Monsea and Bitterblue's father. His past is shrouded in mystery. He was adopted by the previous and king and queen, but no one knows where he came from before that. He has a reputation of helping sick children and animals. Po and Katsa undergo a journey to visit him and ask him about rumors of strange events.

John Noble as King Randa- King Randa is king of Middluns and is Katsa's uncle. He is known as a bully, but rarely is seen carrying out his orders. He stays behind his walls and holds feasts, while ordering his people to carry out orders persecuting his people. He uses Katsa as a thug and stiff-arm against those who he believes has wronged him.
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