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Kristin Cashore

USA flag (b.1976)

Kristin Cashore is an exceptional new voice in the fantasy genre whose characterisation, beautifully realised world and compelling narratives set her apart. If you love to be swept up and away by a novel then these are must-read books, from a master storyteller.

Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer.

She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, won the prestigious Mythopoeic Award, and is already a New York Times bestseller. Fire is her second novel, and a third is on the way.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Graceling Realm
   1. Graceling (2008)
   2. Fire (2009)
   3. Bitterblue (2012)
   4. Winterkeep (2021)
   5. Seasparrow (2022)
Andre Norton Award Best Book nominee (2009) : Graceling
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Best Children/Young Adult Fiction winner (2009) : Graceling

Kristin Cashore recommends
Finnikin of the Rock (2008)
(Lumatere Chronicles, book 1)
Melina Marchetta
"Dark and beautiful and utterly believable."
Front and Center (2009)
(Dairy Queen, book 3)
Catherine Gilbert Murdock
"Hysterically laugh-out-loud funny. And inspiring. I loved it."
The Winner's Curse (2014)
(Winner's Trilogy, book 1)
Marie Rutkoski
"Every line in The Winner's Curse is beautifully written. The story is masterfully plotted. The characters' dilemmas fascinated me and tore at my heart. This book gave me a rare and special reading experience: I never knew what was going to happen next. I loved it. I want more."
Serpentine (2015)
(Kingdom of Xia 2, book 1)
Cindy Pon
"Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it."
The Hazel Wood (2018)
(Hazel Wood, book 1)
Melissa Albert
"Thoroughly, creepily captivating, with surprises I never saw coming! Such a refreshing and beautifully written inversion of the classic fairytale-inspired story."
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything (2019)
Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
"Sia's story is a startlingly beautiful blend of so many things: mythology, spirituality, and the stark realities of racism and deportation in the U.S.; coming of age and first love; and all the best pop-culture sci-fi. And aliens! And a kick-ass girl full of heart! You'll believe in these characters, and in the wonders around them. Go, Sia!"
Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize (2021)
Margo Rabb
"There's magic in this novel's quirky, sweet world. I want to live in its gardens and cheer Lucy on while she finds her heart’s loves!"
Six Crimson Cranes (2021)
(Six Crimson Cranes, book 1)
Elizabeth Lim
"This book is magic. The writing will transport you, and you will love Shiori. I myself loved her from the moment she jumped out the window to escape her betrothal ceremony--which was the very first scene."

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