Graceling is a young adult fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore. It is her debut novel. The story is about Katsa, a young warrior, and her journey of self-discovery. The book earned a place on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for 2008 and received generally favorable reviews. It was followed by a companion book entitled Fire, and a sequel, Bitterblue, which takes place eight years after the events in Graceling, was published on May 1, 2012, by Dial, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.