Series: Graceling Realm #3
Source: Hardback obtained from Publisher
The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Two thieves, who only 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, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
I am a huge fan of Kristin Cashore. I really liked Graceling, but she blew me away with Fire. Bitterblue just confirmed my love for all things Cashore. It’s rare to see such strong female characters in YA- although to be honest these books can be read by any age which I’ve found to be true by any really good fantasy books.
Bitterblue was an easy character to identify with, trying so hard to find a way to escape the mad, crazy legacy left behind by her father. She tries so hard to be a good queen, but she makes many missteps along the way. Katsa, Po and even Fire, make appearances in Bitterblue, but you don’t have to read the other books to enjoy this one. You should, of course, because all of Cashore’s books are amazing, but you don’t have to. But you really should. Like, right now.
I have a feeling that no matter what book Cashore comes out with will always be my new favorite. Her writing and character development just seems to get better and better, and trust me, she was great right out of the gate. Bitterblue is definitely a book that I feel comfortable recommending to everyone, along with the other two books by Cashore. I love her books and the world would be a much cooler place if everyone read Cashore!
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