The long-awaited companion to the New York Times best sellers Graceling and Fire is finally here!
Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck's reign and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and it's only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle - curious, disguised, and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the 35-year long spell of a madman.
Now, their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past - whatever that past holds. Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, who possess an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart.
©2012 Kristin Cashore (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
"This is gorgeous storytelling: exciting, stirring, and accessible." (School Journal)
"A WOW of a book. I HAD to know how it ended" (Tamora Pierce)
"Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious" (Kirkus Reviews)
This is easily my favourite of the trilogy. The first was action and a love story, the second was a love story with a bit of action, but this - this is adventure, intrigue, mystery, a love story (lets face it, it wouldn't be Kristen Cashore without a love story), and includes the most realistic response by fictional characters to trauma that I have read. It also has the longest denouement of any book I've ever read, with the story going on long after the climax. Overall the voice acting of the reader was terrific also, adding greatly to the experience. If you liked either of the first two books, you'll love this one.
The start of the book was pretty good, I felt like I kept reading this book to find out more about Bitterblue's father and just to read about Katsa and Po too. It just seemed that the answers to questions were not given away easily and the ending was a bit odd and unexpected.
She did voices for different characters
Not really... Bitterblue, the main character just didn't really do much other than wonder around the castle towards the second half of the book
The first half of the book was great, afterwards it just went downhill and took me a very long time to finish
Bitterblue is a culmination, it is the result of the two previous books, with SO much more. I loved it from beginning to end, just wished it hadn't ended at such a critical point! I literally played the last chapter twice, to be sure there was no more! And then hopped online to see if book 4 was in the works (it may be, though it is unconfirmed!)
It is slower and more mentally (less war) orientated, political and relationship orientated. I loved it!
I thought the concept of re-building the broken kingdom was brilliantly executed. Though the second book did feel a little tacked onto the series and lacked a strong connection to the trilogy its presence in this book was still a pleasant one.
Yes to the author, no to the reader. I went Graceling read by different people and it was amazing. It was only because I loved Graceling I forced myself to keep listening.
Although I was disappointed by Bitterblue, I would definitely read another of her books. She has a true way of drawing in a reader, no matter the age.
to be honest, I'm not sure if it was the reader or the book but I did fall asleep alot unlike with Graceling. By the end, I was annoyed at the time I wasted waiting for the end just to be disappointed.
The storyline in Bitterblue getting mid way into the book was a let down. Strong start and weak ending. Though Bitterblue herself was a well written character, her supporting characters fell behind. I think having Po return in this book saved it.
It was great to see characters from the two previous novels once more, especially Katsa and Po. How do I feel about Cashore’s characters? Attached, as in I seriously hope she reconsiders the ‘trilogy’ idea and produces a fourth book, attached.
I really liked Bitterblue; she’s smart, kind, queenly and brave. I kept pausing to underline passages while reading. Saf was a wonderful ‘hero’ (he was PERFECT) and I am praying for a ‘five years later’ novella to appear one day.
Each book was better than the last… The fact that all three novels had endings to suit their characters, not characters to suit their endings, was a both a source of satisfaction and disappointment.
Po's accent, omg, she made me melt! I wish this was a REAL accent!
I cannot say strongly enough how much I enjoyed reading this book, and what a relief. I'd just completed the Hunger Games series and needed another to stem the disappointment I'd completed them. Bitterblue was just what I needed, when I needed it. Within two week I'd listened to all three books in the series. This is defiantly my favourite of the three, I found the twists surprising and at no point did I guess what was coming. Well done Kristin Cashore. Are we likely to get a fourth book?
"A worthy closure to a great series"
This wonderful series opened the door to a fantastic new world full of marvelous adventures. Perhaps Bitterblue did not quite sweep me off my feet the way Graceling did, but I enjoyed its more contemplative tone and thoughtful heroine. This story was built much more as a mystery compared to Graceling and Fire and certainly made you want to listen to it in one sitting. I will enjoy listening to this series again and I will keep revisiting this beautiful new world!
"Irritating protagonist, bad writing"
This story was really hard to listen to, because the protagonist, Bitterblue, is implausibly stupid. I couldn't finish. Awful decision after awful decision which didn't make sense in-universe. It's not a well plotted story at all. The voice actor is very good however.
I wouldn't recommend
Loved it. Beautifully read. Hope there is another in this series in the future.
"Very well written fantasy"
I didn't enjoy this as much as Graceling! It was a little slow to start as it built its characters but it was never unengaging!
I find Cashore's writing really descriptive and makes the reader really envision the characters - to believe in the characters - to like them even!
The story takes off without the reader knowing it at first and the frustration can be felt as the protagonist really cannot trust anyone! Everyone around her is lying for whatever their reasons!
A very enjoyable story by a talented writer!
"Awesome. Simply Awesome."
I'm a 24 year old with a job, a husband and a mortgage. I could be considered (lightly) a grown-up. And I loved it.
I read the first in this series "Graceling" whilst in school, found this on Audible and am waiting for my next credit with baited breath so I can start listening to "Fire".
A really well written book which captures the imagination and engages the emotions. Fab!
Really enjoyed this book! The story line was probably the most griping of the series and bringing back some much love characters! It manages to portray the 18 year old queen in a realistic way with the odd tantrum or rash decision thrown in! Left open for more in the future which would be a good idea!
"A tale of mystery and reconcilliation"
I loved both Graceling and Fire, but this is the best book yet from Kristin Cashore, and certainly enough of a stand alone to be read without the other two.
Bitterblue is a queen trying her best to come of age, but stymied at every turn by the secrets that shadow her kingdom, leftovers from her father's cruel 35 year rule. Her advisors assure her that everything is fine, that the people are happy and recovering, but something drives Bitterblue to dig deeper. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more determined someone is to stop her.
An absolutely WONDERFUL book.
Also a word here for the narration, which adds wonderfully to the text without ever overshadowing it - top notch narration.
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