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.
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore is the conclusion to the Graceling trilogy and I’m definitely late to the game on this one ;-). I listened to the entire trilogy on audiobook though and do recommend them if you’re like me and still catching up on this awesome fantasy series! One of the big things to know about Bitterblue and the previous books, however, is that they are much more like companion novels than a continuous trilogy. Each book is about a different character and while Bitterblue relies on events that occurred previously, it’s set years in the future and so you probably could easily read it without having read the previous books. I listened to the previous two books over a year ago and only kind of remember them, so it worked out for me in any case ;-).
Bitterblue is a much different book than Fire and Graceling, which made me happy. I was impressed that Cashore was able to write such a character-driven book without her typical kick-butt heroine from the previous books.
I loved that Bitterblue brought the whole trilogy together even though it is set so apart from the other books. Katsa and Fire both play big roles and a lot of the questions we were left with about a certain evil mind-reader are pursued in Bitterblue.
I loooooved the mysteries of Bitterblue City and all of the strange things that Bitterblue keeps encountering and needs to figure out. Bitterblue the girl is also so like me in her need to make lists to figure out how everything fits together ;-). Lists are the best!
Bitterblue is pretty low on the romance but it was just the right amount for me. I enjoyed that Bitterblue had priorities other than a pretty boy given that she is a queen and all! That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have feelings that she has to deal with on her down time though ;-).
Bitterblue has a great narrator who fit Bitterblue’s character quite well. While Graceling is full-cast audio, Bitterblue has just one narrator, which seems to be a bit more common.
Since the book is so character driven, it was pretty important for Bitterblue to be a strong character and I enjoyed her a lot! She is smart and strong, but very realistic in her difficulties of ruling a country that has been torn apart by the previous king, not to mention the horrors that she and her mother endured when her father was still ruling.
The plot is kind of all over the place given the character-driven nature of Bitterblue. I didn’t really know what the actual plot was going to end up being until half-way through I’d say. Things just kind of happen for a while.
After 2/3 of the book, Bitterblue gets SUPER TRIGGERY. Horrible things happened during Leck’s rule, including physical and sexual abuse to an absolutely terrifying degree. It was difficult to listen to sections where these things were revealed so be sure you are prepared.
The narrator’s voices for different characters were inconsistent, which disappointed me. I like it when I can realize which character is talking just by the voice, but that wasn’t the case with Bitterblue.
Despite my general approval of Bitterblue’s character, she can get a bit whiny at times. I just wanted her to toughen up a bit here and there, but I guess I wouldn’t have been much better given the situation >.>.
Bitterblue is a very interesting conclusion to the Graceling trilogy. It’s quite different than the previous books, focusing on a character-driven plot with a very different heroine than Katsa and Fire. However, I still enjoyed Bitterblue for being different and for pulling the three books together in a rather fresh way. With the huge number of connected trilogies out there, it was fun to listen to three books that each stood on their own and were simply based in the same world. I wouldn’t say Bitterblue was my favorite of the three (Fire is for the record), but I’m very glad that I’ve finally finished these books!
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.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook. Kristin Cashore writes wonderful stories that are much more thoughtful and insightful than a lot of the young adult fiction out there. The issues being dealt with in this book are serious, but that is one of the things that I like about Cashore and other writers such as Melina Marchetta. These authors take events and issues from the real world, and write about them in a fantasy setting that makes the stories feel timely and even more worthwhile. There is a great deal of mystery in this book, which makes for an involved and lengthy story, but I thought the complexity was great, and kept me wanting to listen to a little more, and then a little more....
Xanthe Elbrick is hands down one of the best narrators I have ever heard. She gives so much personality and life to each character, and differentiates them all to a remarkable degree. I loved Saf, but also loved Teddy and Katsa, and many others.