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Bitterblue enters the courtroom as herself - and Saf is upset when he recognizes her. When his alibi is proven, he steals Bitterblue's crown and sells it to Spook on the black market. Bitterblue manages to deciper hidden messages from her mother, and discovers the depth of her father's depravity, and the part played by her advisors, who die or commit suicide one-by-one.

BItterblue takes measures to ensure the true history of the realm is recorded. Saf and his group do their part in the city. Saf and Bitterblue spend the night together. When all riddles are solved, all secrets in the open, Katsa returs from her expedition to the unknown East behind the mountains with Lady Fire protagonist of the previous book and some of her people.

Book Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore

They ensure Bitterblue support in the upcoming wars. When they decide to return to their country, the Dells, Po's older brother Skye leaves with them, as does Saf. Bitterblue stays behind to found ministries and clean the mess left behind by her father one and for all. The book ends with Bitterblue and her half-sister Hava born after Leck raped her mother talking to each other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fantasy book by Kristin Cashore, 3rd in trilogy.

The New York Times. Retrieved Retrieved March 21, Categories : American novels American fantasy novels High fantasy novels. Hidden categories: Articles with short description. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. That is all. Is it quite slow and tiresome in places?

Was I sad when I got to the end and realized there was no more? This story is all about truth and lies — uncovering secrets, and secrets within secrets; rediscovering lost memories; figuring out who is lying, and why, and who else knows — and trying to find a space in between, where those who need to tell the truth can, and those who cannot bear the truth can wait until they are strong enough. All these secrets make for an intricate mystery, or series of mysteries, and what I love most about them was how they tie together the personal and the political for each character.

Bitterblue, similarly, lies to Saf and his friend Teddy about her identity for good reasons — to learn what they know, in her pursuit of truth — but her shame at abusing their trust has repercussions both for her as a queen and for her as a person and as a woman in the full swing of her first real crush. Why are the buildings in one section of town in such disrepair? Why does Bitterblue hate spiral staircases? It takes time for them all to come together, what with the sheer volume of them, and I did get impatient with it at times, but overall I thought the connections were often subtle instead of slow.

Just tell us briefly how Bitterblue figures it out and give us the information we need. This story is also all about blame and responsibility. Who should bear the brunt of recompense to his victims? These are all interesting and important questions and the novel does a great job of exploring them, but what I liked most about it was the way Cashore brought in various reactions to self-blame — many who were closest to Leck committed the most monstrous crimes, but even though they had no free will of their own, how do they begin to forgive themselves?

Finally, this is a story about the past, and as such, the ending is not so much an ending as a beginning. This might throw some people who expect a neatly tied-up story view spoiler [, not one that ends with a lot of the characters essentially starting over with new knowledge, or in essentially the same place but with a new outlook, or right on the verge of some huge thing that will take years more to realize. My other favorite romance is Death and his books and his mangy cat. The ending is hopeful, and there are some bright spots, but too many of the characters are living a tragedy to call this a happy book.

There were dark elements in Graceling and Fire , but neither of them took them as seriously as this book. His Grace is to read inhumanely fast and remember every word forever that would be my chosen superpower! Plus, I just loved how he and Bitterblue start out disapproving of each other and grow to be such comrades as they realized their goals are the same.

At one point, she gives him an impossibly hard mental task and he tells her she is the queen every librarian dreams of. In this analogy, Angelus is Leck, the torturing psychopath, and Drusilla is everybody in Monsea the realm as a whole. Read-alikes Obvs, Cashore's other books. Also, Tamora Pierce, particularly her Trickster's Choice series of two books. View all 17 comments. Whatever this book is about I want to read it! Kristin Cashore has won my trust. View all 5 comments. May 24, Carson T added it.

For those who don't know. And Bitterblue was 10 or 11 then, so she's date-able age now. I betcha there will be romance. Not really, it was fantastically written. I just wish the author would continue on with Katsa and Po, the fact she's leaving us hanging over a freaking cliff p For those who don't know. I just wish the author would continue on with Katsa and Po, the fact she's leaving us hanging over a freaking cliff pisses me off. I've heard of cliffhangers, but at least the author is KIND enough to finish and relieve us.

But Cashore continues with another person's point of view, and we probably will end up hearing bits and pieces about Po and Katsa's relationship I haven't read Fire, and plan on not reading anymore of this author's books. If they are going to leave me this distraught, ready to cry, then I'd rather not. Some may consider it good when a book makes them cry, but I do not. It makes me angry that I could cry over a book, and a tad bit confuzzled. Just me raging, please don't take offense or get angry with me if this is your favorite book.

I'm just telling my opinion. So I understand how awesome it is now, because I see some people mentioned in one book and wish the author does a book from their perspective. I'm not going to read any more of this series just because I'm not so much into this author anymore, but I just wanted to point out to those who like romance and will get into those sort of novels, that this happens quite a bit.

But, when you see them mentioned from another character's POV, you see a sweet couple and it really does them justice. Anyways, thanks for those who supported me, it helped me get over the ending which I don't really remember, but I do vaguely recall no marriage.. View all 48 comments. Sep 25, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , 21th-century , young-adult , fiction , fantasy.

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 reig Bitterblue Graceling Realm 3 , Kristin Cashore Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck. Aug 16, Trina Between Chapters rated it really liked it Shelves: , audiobooks , fantasy , young-adult. I love this world and Bitterblue was a great main character. The ending was abrupt and there was some pretty disturbing subject matter.

But this book shines by pulling in the main characters from the previous companion novels. I'm glad I finally read this series and I'm sad it's over! All 3 books are inclusive of varying skin colors and races, disabilities, and sexualities. Potential Triggers that I'm aware of : Mentions of torture and rape. Suicide and thoughts or suicide. Dead I love this world and Bitterblue was a great main character. Dead parents prior to the novel and some grief.

Mar 08, Amanda Edwards rated it it was ok. I really wanted to love this book. It started out really good, but half-way through I was ready for this book to start rapping up. When it did finally start rapping up, it just ended with ZERO resolution.

There has to be another book coming or this will be a major flop. The only thing I got from it was the extent of Leck's evil doing. We finally see how truly twisted and royally f-ed up he was. And that was pretty much the story. Bitterblue does do a little self-exploration, but we just barely s I really wanted to love this book. Bitterblue does do a little self-exploration, but we just barely see the beginning of it and the book abruptly ends.

View all 12 comments. Jul 15, Nasom rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy. Although this is the third book of the Graceling Realm series. This book is about Bitterblue now 18 and is Queen. She is trying to find a way to help her kingdom move forward after the manipulation it was under during the reign of a mad king for over 30 years. Bitterblue is trying to investigate what the truth is and who the people doing the killing are. This book had potentials especially with the mystery but then things got confusing.

Two more plots were added and they had nothing to do with the main plot which made the book more complicated. Also, the unsolved mysteries kept growing to a point where it because ridiculous and when the truth came out, it was anti-climatic. I was hoping the romance would at least be good but that was also disappointing. I did enjoy seeing the characters from graceling such as po my fave , Raffin and Katsa but that was about it.

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Nov 02, Isabel marked it as to-read. I cannot wait for this book to come out! Contrary to popular feeling, I am happy Fire and Graceling ended the way they did; it leaves readers with the satisfaction that the romance wasn't for nothing and the character's feelings were real, and a sense of reality, of not know how each ended. Most of the reviews I've read that have been against Bitterblue being the main character, I have found that almost all of the readers feel this way because they want to know how Po and Katsa ended.

Newsflash: I cannot wait for this book to come out! Katsa's whole character was against getting married, because in the world Katsa lives in being married gives your husband all the power, which she definitely does not like. It was clearly stated in the book that Katsa knew Po would give her what she wanted and all the freedom she wanted, but she still knew it was given to her, not fully her own.

If Cashore went on to write that Katsa got married and had babies I would be hugely disappointed and aggravated, for, like I said, that is not Katsa's character at all. Cashore did a superb job with developing all her characters, and I am glad that is so, even if the romantic in me would have loved Katsa to be more open and lovable, almost like Fire. Again, I cannot stress enough that I love where the new book is heading. If it has Katsa and Po in it, even better. I trust Cashore to do a wonderful job with this book.

I'm looking forward to it even more! View all 4 comments. Oct 17, Meredith Holley rated it it was amazing Shelves: monsters , motherless-daughters , wise , young-adult , classic-young-adult , want-a-hardcover-of-my-very-own , slaves , utopia-dystopia , reviewed , girls-rule.

Oh, Kristin Cashore, I would trust you with my life. This series breaks my heart and patches it all back together again. This book was so different from the first two in pace, but somehow, and I say this almost reluctantly, that made the end more meaningful to me. I am all about editing in stories, and for the first half of this book, the redundancies seemed unnecessary and boring.

It was so much more brutal than I expected, but more meaningful in that way. Are there more of these? Are you going to write more books for me, Kristin Cashore? I love your people, the evil and the good, the sins of our fathers and frailty of our mothers. I love them. This story picks up with little Bitterblue, now the queen of her empire. And now Newt comes into her own with the responsibility for a nation that was totally fucked by her father, by the lies he told and his control and manipulation.

Beautiful, awful choices. And forgiveness! And stories! Oh man, beautiful. Just the idea of figuring out how to repair a nation from violence and lies is beautiful. This book, in contrast to the first two, felt more high-fantasy to me. It uses the conventions of alternate languages, involved descriptions of coded communication, and a lot of walking which, to be fair, the walking is in the other two as well. Fantasy, man — bring your Nikes. It is not my thing, but the incorporation of those conventions seemed fun to me, not annoying.

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

It kept enough of a super-hero feel that I tracked. I always think, you know, women are raised that a man on a white horse will come, swoop us up, marry us, and that marriage will magically solve all of our problems. I think men are in basically the same position — if he finds the right girl and marries her, she will decorate his house, and always be there with a smile, a hug, and a plate of cookies, and that will solve the problems.

But, in the end, we are always left with ourselves. I love the way the Twilight saga exaggerates those promises to the point of absolute absurdity, but I love even more the way this series exists entirely outside of those promises. It seems somewhat inaccurate to me, even along the lines of the promise that our problems can be magically solved by some kind of social convention. Well, then, empowerment will magically solve them. The idea of empowerment or disempowerment just sounds to me like somehow you can subscribe to something outside of yourself that will magically take away your problems.

It indicates that the power wasn't there all along, but if you follow the treasure map right, you'll find the magic problem-solving solution. But, along those lines, I love the message in this book, like in The Hunger Games series, that we need to discover our own power - that it was there all along, and that life was never about finding a magic that lets us take the easy way out. In Mockingjay , everyone around Katniss reminds her of her power until she recognizes it. Here, similarly, this story is a journey of Bitterblue realizing her power. It is beautiful.

It is the work that we all face that is bigger than marriage or children or politics or career. This story is full of so much hope and so many dreams. I love it. Nov 26, Anja H. It's been several years since I read the other books in this trilogy so it took me a while to get back into this whole world. Graceling and Fire were among my favorite books about 5 years ago, but sadly I didn't remember a lot about them when I started this one. This whole story was so mindbending and unique! At first I didn't know where this story was going at all, the whole thing was pretty strange and twisted, but I ended up liking it anyway!

This also involved some Katsa, Po and even a little Fire from the first two books and I loved it! I didn't know how much I missed these characters until I started reading about them again. Full review coming soon! Jul 14, Scrill rated it it was ok. The resolution of all the problems was really underwhelming and I thought the length of the book was unnecessary for the end result.

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The book really could have just been a novel 8 years after the story of Graceling, Bitterblue is queen and things are just not adding up in her kingdom and she is determined to understand would make her a better ruler. The book really could have just been a novella. The World Building -This was the hardest part about this book. All the lies and uncovering of the lies really made this book really obscure. As the two worlds of Graceling and Fire were interwoven it made for a really confusing book.

May 01, Katy rated it it was ok.


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However, this book really dragged, and it was as mentally strange as the those whose minds are feeling the after effects of being warped by King Leck. I know the book had more to do than just the romance, but it was disappointing how little he was in the book.

And the end - I felt it was really unfair. But what they're asking each other is not the same thing, and he knows it. She has a whole kingdom with a lot of unfinished business. She can't just leave. It is NOT asking for the same thing. But unfortunately, the end was not one of them. I wanted to be devastating, but he lacked appearance in so much of the book that I just didn't feel it.

Now to the book. First of all, I don't remember Cashore's writing using so much interjectory descriptions. I mean, she'll be in the middle of a scene, and she introduces a character, and she would interrupt the scene to go on and on about that character's description, the Grace or some history. I mean, it was sort of okay at first - even though it was done with really choppy transitions - because it caught you up on stories written years ago, but after a while, I was irritated that it was inserted so abruptly and for a good while.

And there were a lot of random scenes that I just didn't understand why they were there or why Cashore written certain things to happen. At the same time, there were parts that jumped from scene to scene that I felt like I missed stuff. For example, when Bitterblue realizes someone betrayed her.

I realized later that she had meant that she found out what really happened during Leck's reign, and Thiel had been hiding this from her the whole time she was queen. But I remember reading that part about her reading to her accusing of Thiel betraying her, and I remember thinking, "What did he do?

Like her intended relationship with Po and Giddeon.

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I mean, I KNOW there's no romantic feelings whatsoever between any of them and it's not what I meant at all, and I know that it's because she trusts them, but at times, the way she acts with them just makes me feel at ease. I don't know how to explain it. And there were other things like when Katsa and Po reunite after the fight.

She shoos everyone else out of the room, but she stays - even though she's not paying attention to them - but it's still odd that she stays. I'm glad we get to see some of the older characters - though we don't see enough of Katsa and I felt we saw too much of Po though I kind of felt he's not the same character I loved so much in Book 1. Overall, it's not a bad book. And I think if it had been written years ago, I may not have been as disappointed, maybe? I don't know. After years of waiting for this book, I just feel like Cashore kind of burst my bubble. View all 16 comments.

Apr 26, Adrienne Young rated it did not like it. I was so surprised when I started reading this book. I liked Graceling and liked Fire even more. I expected to like Bitterblue but I couldn't force myself. It seemed like Kristin Cashore took steps backward. It was jumbled, disorganized, and scatterbrained in the plot and I found most of the characters grossly underdeveloped. The romantic relationship should have just been left out because it was paid so little attention and it seemed so insignificant.

It was not essential to any character's ex I was so surprised when I started reading this book. It was not essential to any character's experience or growth unlike Graceling and Fire. I wanted to love Saf but he was completely obnoxious for the first three quarters of the book. The reason it caught me so off guard from the beginning is that the sarcasm and silliness is completely over the top.

The decorum and language that made the culture and setting believable was lost. There was a lot of slang and it didn't match up. The fact that no one had respect for the queen and there was basically no court really bothered me. Honestly the book as a whole felt really immature compared to the first two books.

Edit: forgot something important. Note to all authors - you can only use a word like elucidate so many times. Diction, people! View all 7 comments. Actual rating 3. This is the third book in the Graceling trilogy and focuses on Queen Bitterblue, who was just a child when the reader last encountered her, in the first book.

Now she is ruling in her father's place and attempting to right the wrongs of her country's past. This proves a more difficult task than previously thought when even her most trusted advisers appear to be keeping secrets from her. Bitterblue realises just how out-of-touch she is with her people and how deeply their Actual rating 3.

Bitterblue realises just how out-of-touch she is with her people and how deeply their mistrust runs and how far the mistreatment has spread. Upon opening this I was pleased at being reunited with the characters of the first book. This soon changed, however, when I realised the discontent now plaguing the once-happy characters. It made for hard reading much of the time knowing their have already faced so much. And the last portion of the book was even more difficult and poignant. It touched on distressing subject matters in harrowing detail but I thought Cashore dealt with them gracefully and appropriately.

My main dislike of this book lay with some of the newer characters. I found Bitterblue's possible love interest, Saf, unlikable and petulant and his part in the plot's trajectory irritated me. I found the ending to his portion of the tale not what I had anticipated and I was constantly angered by his attitude and actions. This one character was possible for this becoming my least favourite book in the trilogy. That being said, this was an overall enjoyable an fitting end to the series and I am sad to be saying goodbye to this world.

Jul 27, Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing Shelves: wishlist. I'll start by saying I'm a huge fan of Kristin Cashore's novels. I was completely in awe of Graceling and Fire and can honestly say that there isn't anything I'd change about them. I'm sure they have their flaws, but I enjoyed every last bit of each page, line, and paragraph.

That said, my expectations for Bitterblue were ridiculously high. Sometimes, I'm worried to read highly anticipated novels: I don't want to be let down after all the buildup. Bitterblue, however, didn't worry me one bit Cashore took her time with this novel and I had a feeling she wouldn't send anything less than her best out into the hands of her fans.

I'm a long time lover of fantasy, but, too often, YA lacks the epic scope that first called me to the fantasy genre. This is definitely not the case with any of Cashore's novels. She's skilled at fitting an epic story line into a relatively small amount of pages compared to, for example, the many, many volumes Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks employ. Perhaps it's wrong of me to compare these three authors - they are definitely all very different - but the world building and character development of epic fantasy is wonderfully present in each of these authors' novels and it continually surprises me that Cashore is able to do it so succinctly.

I adored Cashore's first two heroines, but I think Bitterblue is, ultimately, my favorite. I love her quiet, unexpected strength. I respect Katsa, but she's quite forceful Bitterblue is exactly what Monsea needed to heal after the tyrannical reign of her father. Like Fire and Graceling, Bitterblue also has a romance element. I'm always head over heels for the men in these novels And, though I yearn for happily ever after in every love story I read, I respect Cashore for creating and maintaining a necessary obstacles. In this way, despite the fantastical elements of these novels, they still feel real.

And it isn't just the romance that lends itself to realism. It's present in the growth and maturation of Bitterblue, the betrayal of those who promised trustworthiness, and the loss and suffering experienced while a country is at war. Cashore manages to offer her readers a place to slip away from everyday life, while still keeping their eyes open.

It's escapism with a very real message. It's quite wonderful. I'm forever recommending Cashore's novels and Bitterblue will be no exception. I seriously cannot wait to see what Cashore offers readers next. In the meantime, I'll happily revisit Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. And now it's over : I think this was my favourite book in this series. There were like a million plottwists : Bitterblue was kicking ass and I just liked it more than the other two although they were really good too. I think I'm going to miss this world so badly! Only, I felt like it could have been pages shorter but that's the case with all of Kristin Cashore's bo And now it's over : I think this was my favourite book in this series.

Only, I felt like it could have been pages shorter but that's the case with all of Kristin Cashore's books It was pretty slow Jan 06, Christine Riccio rated it liked it. I think some parts could have been shortened, lengthy sections about decoding and puzzle breaking dragged on. It was at those points that I would put down the book or struggle to keep going. I loved all the new characters though, Saf was great. Jan 31, Keertana rated it it was ok. The first thing I am going to do after writing this review is take my copy of Bitterblue, hide it in some deep, dark recess of my attic where I will hopefully forget it exists, and pretend as if Kristin Cashore did not write a third Graceling Realm book.

Bitterblue easily became my most anticipated book of the year, and, unfortunately, after reading it, it became my most disappointing. The premises of Bitterblue is fascinating. Bitterblue, now eighteen, has been largely kept in the dark of the true workings of her shaken country. Thus, she decides to dress as a commoner and go forth on midnight excursions in an effort to find out just what exactly is happening. It is at night that she meets Teddy and Saf, two thieves who, instead of giving her answers, only add to the puzzling mysterious surround her life.

Yet, most important of all is that Bitterblue realizes that in order to move forward, she must first find out what happened in the past and why no one will tell her the truth. However, the execution of this thought fell flat. In simple terms, Bitterblue is boring. Furthermore, large expanses of the story simply entailed Bitterblue waiting…waiting for something to happen, waiting for news, waiting for someone to come.

The story essentially felt dragged on to the point where it completely lost my interest. In addition, this story of political intrigue simply had too much going on. There were too many subplots, too many symbols and little details that Cashore was trying to get the reader to notice that it simply became cumbersome to read and understand. Reading Bitterblue, I felt as if I was reading an un-edited version of this book. So much could have been cut out and so many details could have been added into different parts of the story to make it good.

Overall, it was an utter disappointment. That being said, there were many aspects of this book that I did like. First and foremost, I loved meeting Katsa and Po once again. Po makes a much larger appearance in this novel than Katsa does, and I enjoyed seeing his struggles not only with his blindness and his Grace, but also with his relationship to Katsa. Their romance unfolded very realistically and, although a small part of me wished they could have made a more permanent type of arrangement like marriage , I was pleased with the direction their relationship took.

It was deep, caring, and typical of the personalities of both Katsa and Po.


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  5. Another aspect of this book I liked was Bitterblue. My only qualm with the story being told from her POV was that the tone of the novel seemed too haunting for an eighteen year old girl. Even the nice, funny, and interesting parts of this book seemed haunting and morose. Nevertheless, despite liking Bitterblue, my favorite character by far was Giddon. I found this to be extremely ironic considering that Giddon never was one of the most likeable characters in Graceling, yet, in this story the reader is able to see a completely different side of him.

    I absolutely loved his character growth, his friendship with Bitterblue, and the loyal and dedicated role he played in the Council. I love their friendship as it is, but I can definitely see potential for more between them, despite the fact that he is nearly a decade older than her. Their personalities were fun and impossible not to like, especially as they were not only thieves, but secret crusaders for truth as well.

    Their relationship definitely was not a forefront in this story, yet I found myself wishing that it had been simply because it would have made for more interesting parts in this rather sullen tale. Although Bitterblue had many flaws, it had one supreme redeeming factor: Fire. Overall however, Bitterblue was a disappointment. It had some very nice qualities, such as the characters and overlap with the Dells, yet ultimately, it failed to keep my mind engaged beyond a few hundred pages in the middle and was an incredibly hard book to finish.

    I appreciate a lot of the depth and horror that came out towards the end of the book and I wish Cashore had expanded and focused more on that and the restoration of the Monsean Kingdom opposed to how Bitterblue waited, and waited, and waited to find out what happened and glean information from her spies. Furthermore, Bitterblue felt like an echo of Fire a lot of the time simply because both characters had cruel and monstrous fathers. Yet, Cashore conveyed this all so much better in Fire than she managed to do in Bitterblue.

    Yet, the themes, messages, and story behind Bitterblue are heart-felt and deep. Still, I found this book to be incredibly disappointing and one that will unfortunately never make me think of Kristin Cashore the same way again. I truly wish my expectations had not been so high for this one. View all 6 comments.

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    Feb 18, tonya. Bitterblue picks up after a very creepy prologue ten years after Graceling , when Bitterblue is 18 and fully stationed as queen of Monsea, struggling to find her place amid a kingdom just waking up from a year sleep under Leck's rule. She is trapped under mountains of paper and the thumb of her advisors, who preach forward-thinking and the need to forget the atrocities of Leck and move on. Bitterblue wants to be an asset to her Kingdom and help repair the damage her father did, but she is has no understanding of her peoples' lives, wearing castle blinders and never allowed to see her kingdom for herself.

    One night, Bitterblue sneaks out of the castle and explores the streets of Monsea on her own. She sees the poverty, the disrepair, and the yearning of her people to remember the time they lost under Leck, and rebuild. She realizes all the information she'd been given about her kingdom has been false. But is she being lied to by the ones she trusts most, or is there some other explanation? And if she is being kept purposely in the dark, to what end?

    You know, after pages, I still can't answer that last question. Bitterblue was as complicated and convoluted as any story I've ever read--unnecessarily, indulgently so. Just when I thought I was getting a handle on ONE of the mysterious elements, another layer was added, complicating it further. It was a neverending maze of mysteries to unravel, when really the story at the core would have been very simple to tell. The simplicity that made Graceling and Fire so lovely, giving the characters freedom to be complex and grow into their full potential, was completely absent in Bitterblue.

    I don't claim to be any expert on writing mysteries, but I think there is a fine line between keeping the characters in the dark and keeping the reader in the dark. The most satisfying mysteries I've read have been those where I was given just enough clues to begin to form my own theories, but not necessarily enough that I expect the main character to develop the same.

    In Bitterblue there was too much happening for either me as the reader or Bitterblue to untangle all the threads and form a coherent theory. I don't know if all questions posed were answered. I can tell you I won't be rereading to find out. Lastly, while I did enjoy seeing more of Po and Katsa, much of it rang false for me. They seemed very different people. And while I understand how Cashore was attempting to tie all three novels together, Fire's introduction felt a little reaching to me.

    Another layer upon layers and layers of information. Despite all my rants above, I did mostly enjoy reading this. But reading it directly after finishing Graceling and Fire set expectations that were not met. Perhaps readers who have a greater length of time between reading will enjoy this more. Feb 07, Arielle Walker rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , queer , fantasy-traditional , young-adult , overpages.

    If Graceling was great, Bitterblue is near perfect. I haven't been this captivated while reading in a long, long time. This is what I expected of books like The Queen of the Tearling. Bitterblue is the most likeable, rounded character I've come across in YA fantasy since first encountering Tamora Pierce. Example: She isn't pretty. Yes, she does think once or twice that she wished she was perhaps, just a little, but this isn't an issue , simply a wistful passing moment.

    She doesn't suddenly become If Graceling was great, Bitterblue is near perfect. She doesn't suddenly become pretty to attract the love interest, or rule the queendom better. She doesn't suddenly become anything , doesn't suddenly encounter new powers or strength other than sheer humanity. Besides, far more important to her than looks is the ability to rule fairly and well, and help her country heal after the abuse her father inflicted see Graceling for details - but it isn't essential.

    There are moments of horror, moments that are tough to get through but the characters keep you together while reading. They are all loveable - meaning that they all have elements that can be loved, or at least understood. No one is perfect, no one is simply "good" or "bad". Relationships are as complex as in real life, and are not simply between male-female or prince-princess. Issues don't suddenly become resolved because someone says "I'm sorry" - but the importance of that apology is never doubted.

    Best of all, despite the heaviness, despite the topics covered, this is not a book of "issues" and morals heavy-handedly forced down on the reader. Monsea is presented as a lively yet recovering realm, not black and white but all shades of colour and it is impossible to not get sucked in. It wasn't needed for the story, I just didn't want to finish. Mar 31, Reading Teen rated it it was amazing.

    I've been waiting forever! I read Graceling and Fire before I ever started blogging. I fell in love with the world that Kristin Cashore created. Graceling and Fire are two of the very few books that I've ever read more than once. That's how much I loved them. So, as you can imagine, I had high expectations for Bitterblue. Bitterblue was a much different book than the other two. While Graceling and Fire are full of ac I've been waiting forever! While Graceling and Fire are full of action and adventure, and focus on two women with extraordinary abilities, Bitterblue is much more reflective and mysterical yeah I just made that word up , and focuses on an ordinary girl thrust into an extraordinary situation.

    Often in this book, and especially in the beginning, I felt that things were progressing very slowly. I think that this is probably going to be an issue for some, who like books that have a different pace to them. For me, I just enjoyed being back in this world. I actually took over a week to read it because I just wanted to soak it all in. But even though the beginning was slower, when it gets into the meat of things, this book is intense.

    Bitterblue is faced with the aftermath of the havoc that Leck wreaked on her country. She is left with a country waking up from a fog, and stumbling every step of the way. I really like Bitterblue a lot. I love her strength and determination. I love how she grows in this book, and takes ownership of her people and her role as queen. I love the supporting characters. There are so many different characters who each have such distinctive personalities. One of the things I was most happy with was how much Po was a part of the story. I didn't realize he'd have such a huge role.

    It made me fall in love with him even more. I also fell in love with Giddon, Saf, Teddy and even Death. The romance in the book is slow moving and full of tension. And there is so much mystery, betrayal, and heartbreak. Kristin Cashore pulled out some seriously genius material, with cyphers and codes and mazes and plot twists.

    There were so many times when my mouth literally dropped open and I was floored. Especially when it came to learning about Leck. Diving into the mind of Leck was seriously intense. At points it was emotionally draining. I think there will be people who have a really hard time reading parts of this book. While reading it, I wanted to resurrect Leck just so I could kill him again. He might possibly be the most evil, sadistic, narcissistic character I've ever read about.

    I could seriously go on and on and on about all the amazingness that is this book.

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    If you are a fan of her other books, and enjoy a more in-depth high fantasy, you will not be disappointed in this book. It isn't as action packed as the other two, but it is much more though-provoking. Honestly, I thought it was brilliant! Already pre-ordered! Dec 07, Kellyflower rated it it was ok Shelves: series-sequels-trilogies , let-downs-disappointing , aussie-nz-authors , fantasy.

    Well I've finished it up and yes I'm disappointed. I think the readers that gave it the low ratings are right. This was her weakest book. In the first half of the book her actions and personality seemed very young. By the second half of the book she seemed bossy and I really w Well I've finished it up and yes I'm disappointed. By the second half of the book she seemed bossy and I really wanted to slap her. I mean how many things could she possible make Po do.

    SHe began acting like a spoiled Queen. I know characters will grow, but it didn't seem like a character growing. It felt like I had put the book down and started reading someone elses.