Good book with a great story but at times very slow moving and hard to stay interested. My opinion this is the worst one of the three books and not much of a good altogether ending with combining graceling and Fire which were both very good books. Felt like there could have been a lot more.
The first half of the book is full of questions and although not all of the questions are answered the ones that are give a satisfying result.
There are many characters in this book and it is helpful when listening to differentiate them through their accents or tone as opposed to keeping all of the names straight.
Cashore must be graced with writing, for her fantastic descriptions and enthralling story made me feel like I was alongside Bitterblue throughout her adventures. May we see another book soon!
I love this fanatical work Kristin Cashore has created. It's wonderful and easy to become a part of. As a huge lord of the rings fan I can happily say I like this to my adventures in middle earth. You fall in love with the characters, all with so much depth.
The actually reading of this story by Xanthe Elbrick is also spell binding. The nuances in accents really grab each character. I'm addicted and sad to have come to the end. Next?!?
I'm still up in the air, the performance was great but this is a long one and often time slow.
Stringing together Leck's web of lies and truths.
I'm not going to give it away but it's the ending! Hands down!
Sometimes it's not what you hear but what you believe.
They say it's not the destination but the journey, but regarding this book I think it's the destination and not the journey. It was very dragged out, but not boring enough to put me off. I had expected something completely different than what I got. It was one mystery puzzle piece after another, and often an aggravating point (but such a emotions are what makes it a good read/listen when your ready to throw your hands up or want to ring the neck of a character or shout out a truth!) Oh, but the ending was well worth it I could not have imagined a better result. It made the long trek worth it! What a relief to see perseverance rewarded!
After listening to Graceling and Fire, this was amazing. So many things were discovered, the narrator was wonderful, and a female without powers is represented as strong, but human. Definitely read this if you enjoyed the first two.
Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue are all excellent books if you enjoy books that have a twist to life as we know it. The place where all of these books takes place is a world not unlike ours in the Middle Ages, only there is something different about the inhabitants (and even some of the animals). I love the twist and how the cultures and peoples deal with it. Also very strong female characters make it a wonderful read!
Do yourself a favor though and start with Graceling. All the books stand along but build beautifully upon one another.