Katsa is Graced (talented) with Killing. She's very good at it, and her uncle King Randa takes advantage of that fact and has her deal with people who have angered him, disobeyed him, etc. Katsa hates what she is and what she does. She hates how most people won't even look into her mismatched eyes. If it wasn't for her few friends, and the council she started to right wrongs, how could she keep on?
Thanks, Laura M., for turning me on to Graceling (Harcourt 2008) by Kristin Cashore. I hope this well-written fantasy becomes a classic. It's another book that I'll be rereading.
In October this debut author has another book coming out--I can hardly wait! Check out her website for more details on the upcoming Fire and to learn more about this talented (or should I say "graced") lady. The title of her blog/website is: This is My Secret.