Harry Potter (obviously!), The Hunger Games, everything Michael Crichton (try just Jurassic Park?), angeli & Demons, Ender's Game, Golden Compass, Sherlock Holmes stories, all the Lee Child novels starting with Killing Floor, Eragon, Divergent, Lord of the Rings.
it's about Katsa. an 18 anno old who's working for king Randa (her uncle). there are 7 kingdoms. she is a Graceling. a person with 2 different eye colori and a special ability. it can be anything from fighting to turn your head 360°. her grace is believed to be killing. Randa makes her do the most awful things to people who have opposed him in one way o another.
she is also a member of the Council. they protect and help people who aren't being treated right da their king. when she rescues an old man from king Murgon she has to hide him. the strange thing is that no one is looking for him. why would a king kidnap an old man with no power, keep it a secret (Katsa wasn't 100 % sure there would be anyone to save when she infiltrated the castle) and use him for nothing? during the rescue operation she met another Lienid who was somewhat of a challenge for Katsa, which had never happened before.
the old man she rescued was the king of Lienid's father but Murgon didn't intend to use him for blackmailing. and why not just kidnap the king? and who was that Lienid?
that is, with my crappy explanation, how it begins. but it is all much bigger than it seems.
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