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A new land has been discovered to the east. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons. 

But when Bitterblue's envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half-sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth - putting both Bitterblue's life and Giddon's heart to the test when Bitterblue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what's wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what's going on before anyone else, and only if she's willing to transcend the person she's been all her life.

©2020 Kristin Cashore (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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I have the book hangover from hell

Well, I finished. Now what am I going to do? I feel utterly bereft, having only recently discovered this series and immersed in it for the past six weeks. It’s been six hours since the last page, and I miss Bitterblue, and them all, terribly.
Something I loved: the stories get better and better as they go.
Something I hated: I finished.

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  • Paul Lloyd
  • 02-09-21

A good 4th book

I seem to remember reading, I think it was after the 2nd book was published ("Fire", which is chronologically the 1st book in the Realms universe) that Kashore was planning on writing just a trilogy. I'm glad she didn't as this book continues the series rather nicely. It's been 8+ years since the 3rd book was published; I hope it's shorter to the next one.

Following the theme of the other books, we are presented with a new heroine, this time just 16 years old, and faced with a huge moral dilemma for one so young. In "Fire", the story deals with the heroine in the aftermath of her moral dilemma. Here, the heroine has to work through it, and face the consequences of her decision. Like all the previous heroines, she has the burden of a disturbed childhood. The links with the previous novels are limited to Bitterblue and Giddon (a minor character in previous novels, but much more important in this one). Katsa and Po do not make an apperance, but are briefly mentioned. A welcome inclusion is the development of the character of Hava, Bitterblue's half-sister. We left her in the 3rd book as a very frightened and reclusive child/early teens. Here she is much more assured and openly involves herself in the world around her, and its intrigues.

Emma Powell does a nice job bringing out each character. Overall, a very welcome addition to the Graceling Realms universe. I hope I haven't given spoilers for potential readers with this review - my apologies if I have.

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  • Mariné
  • 01-01-22

Thrilling to the end

I am so sad to have come to the end of this wonderful series. This book was so exciting and keeps you wondering at every turn. I really struggled to stop listening. I want to warn potential readers that this series contains a lot of upsetting, violent things. I also think the sex in this book was too much and unnecessary, but still done subtly and not over the top. I enjoyed the narrator's different accents and quiet reading style. Really a great read if you like strong female characters, romantic love stories with happy endings and lots of mysteries.

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  • HHall
  • 12-16-21

As good as the rest of Cashore’s work

I was unsure as to whether this work would translate for me as it read a bit steam punk in the blurb but I loved it.
Powell’s performance was excellent as usual. Lost some consistency with the Winterkeep accents but overall superb.
A definite re-listen for me.

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  • Gaming Mom!
  • 10-29-21

Loved it, such an original idea.

It was great to have all my old favourite characters back plus some new ones, and to expand the world from the original books. Intrigue, tragedy and mythical sea creatures, what's not to love! I love the way Kristin writes emotion and inner monologue.

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  • Ciara Cauchi
  • 02-23-22

white woman does south asian accent and it’s very uncomfortable

before i start this review i would like to make this so clear - it was and is violently uncomfortable to listen to a white women put on a south asian accent for this role. i am unsure why there couldn’t have been a south-asian voice actor brought in for this. i understand the want of continuity however this work felt more like a half-arsed racist impression than authentically kind, or reasonable to include.
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this is a hyper-abusive refraction from the graceling series.
absolutely loved this series before this book but it has been a monotonous undertaking to say the least. the prose is immature. the world building was interesting to begin with until it paired itself with the south-asian accent the white narrator was putting on and seemed to be more a about stereotypes. it wasn’t just a step sideways from the dells or monsea/estill etc. it was a kilometre walk away. the city was confusing and explained in a way that clearly only made sense to the author. there was a sense that i should have done prior research.
the pièce de résistance was having to sit behind the bystander of the family (lovisa) while her parents committed atrocities against herself, her younger siblings, and other innocent people. this really seemed like it was trying to be a critique of the current environmental climate, but in reality was a story lacking depth and continuity. don’t get me started on the out-of-context sea creatures.

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  • Vanessa
  • 01-12-22

A bit of a miss

I love the Graceling world and was looking forward to reading this book.... But was disappointed to find it's centred around a new character called Lovisa. Lovisa is a pretty unlikeable character in the first two thirds of the book, which is awkward because she's the protagonist. I keep listening, hoping she gets more likeable or develops a redeeming feature but she's just not a very nice character to listen to.

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  • AliceVD
  • 04-26-21

5 stars

Kristin Cashore once again delivers. My heart grew, shattered, then reformed so many times reading this book. I loved it.

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  • Xaphyn
  • 04-15-21

Solid new instalment to the original 3

Thoroughly enjoyed re-entering this world. And having the same narrator just makes it even better.

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  • Kylie
  • 03-23-21

Excellent read

I was so excited when this came out and I wasn't disappointed, I love this series, definitely putting this series on my reread list. Also just found out there's a graphic novel coming out! Very excited for that!

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  • Lise
  • 03-08-21

Sloppy overall and what a shame!

It's a shame that this was not anywhere near as good as the other books in this series . . . I only got through it because I wanted to learn what happened to Bitterblue and Giddon. I really wish their story and relationship deepened in another land - perhaps one we already know about like facing monsters in the Dells or something instead of facing grenades, airships, and telepathic foxes. I didn't care at all about Lovisa and hope she's out of the series altogether, although Adventure Fox probably grew on me a little. The narrator whilst Stellar in every book thus far, especially with the Welsh accents - really confused me in this one - one minute I was listening to a Jamaican accent and the next it was Indian. Sloppy overall and what a shame!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-17-21

worth the wait!

i am addicted to Adventure fox! such a great character! I have such a soft spot for Bitterblue, this book was worth the wait and I do hope there is more to come from the Graceling world!

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