Kristin Cashore

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Kristin Cashore
Cashore at the Texas Book Festival in 2012
Cashore at the Texas Book Festival in 2012
Born1976 (age 46–47)
GenreYoung adult, fantasy
Notable worksGraceling

Kristin Cashore (born 1976) is an American young adult and fantasy writer, best known for the Graceling Realm series.

Early life[edit]

Cashore grew up in the Pennsylvania countryside, the second of four daughters. She has a bachelor's degree from Williams College. She received her master's degree in Children's Literature from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College in 2003.[1] She has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer.[2] She writes her novels by hand.[3]

Literary career[edit]

Her debut novel, Graceling, was published in October 2008.[4] The book was nominated for the Andre Norton and William C. Morris awards and earned a place on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for 2008.[5] Her second book, Fire, was released in October 2009, and is described as being a 'prequel-ish companion book' to Graceling.[6] Fire received the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award.[2]

Bitterblue, the third book of the Graceling Realm series, was released in May 2012.[6][7] As of 2017, the Graceling Realm series had sold more than 1.5 million copies and been translated into 33 languages.[3]

Cashore's fourth book, Jane, Unlimited, was released in September 2017. Jane, Unlimited is her first published novel that takes a step away from the Graceling Realm, and is told in multiple genres.[8]

Cashore returned to the Graceling Realm series with Winterkeep, which was released in January 2021.[9] Seasparrow, released in November 2022, was the fifth book in the series.

Cashore has also written professionally for textbooks, and teacher editions, as well as for The Horn Book Guide.[1]


Graceling Realm series[edit]

  • Graceling (October 1, 2008)
  • Fire (October 5, 2009)
  • Bitterblue (May 1, 2012)
  • Winterkeep (January 19, 2021)
  • Seasparrow (November 1, 2022)

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Jane, Unlimited (September 19, 2017)

Graphic novels[edit]

  • Graceling: Graphic Novel (November 16, 2021)


  1. ^ a b "Kristin Cashore Books, Author Biography, and Reading Level | Scholastic". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  2. ^ a b "Kristin Cashore | Penguin Random House". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  3. ^ a b "BookExpo 2017: Kristin Cashore Takes a Break". Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  4. ^ "A Short Bio". This Is My Secret (personal blog). February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  5. ^ PW Review Staff (November 3, 2008). "PW's Best Books of the Year". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "My books". This Is My Secret. February 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  7. ^ "Kristin Cashore". Retrieved 2009-04-04.
  8. ^ "Q & A with Kristin Cashore". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  9. ^ "Winterkeep". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 2020-01-29.

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