Saturday, September 15, 2012


By Kristin Cashore; Dial 2012

Summary: 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.

My Review: I loved Graceling, Fire, and now Bitterblue. Kristin Cashore has a way of drawing you into to this world  where there is mystery, history, thieves, secrets, kingdoms, and heroines that fight for what is right. 

Bitterblue was definately different from the other two heroines, because she was a queen and had to make big decisions regarding her kingdom.  She also had this desire to help her people from the horrible 35 years worth of terror they experienced from her father King Leck. Her advisors and locals are suffering from emotional damage and Bitterblue wants to find out what kind of things her father did. Bitterblue and her gang track down the secrets that her father left. Through ciphers, journals, spy keys, and a talented librarian answers will be found.

I highly recommend these companion novels. Read all three and then maybe you will love just as much as I do.  

Watch Out For: Suicides, Death, Kissing, drinking, fighting, mild cussing, torture, a psychopath and his demented experiments on humans and animals. 

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't crazy about 'Graceling', but I'm waiting to read Bitterblue because it sounds like a more interesting story. I think she's also a more interesting character than Katsa.


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