Goodreads Book Description: 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.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Review: I have just finished Bitterblue, the anticipated third book in the Graceling trilogy. Is it possible to give a book six stars?
chronicles the new queen of Monsea several years after the death of her
father, the psychopath Graceling, Leck, and the repercussions that are a
direct result from his horrific reign of terror. We see her as she
grows, seeks out the truth for herself, and are re-introduced to Po,
Giddon, Katsa, as well as other characters we have grown fond of.
issue with Graceling was that it started too slow and took me a while
to get into. My issue with the second book, Fire, was that it almost got
too bogged down in sadness and self-recrimination. Bitterblue had
neither of these issues. I was sucked in from the first chapter and
savored each word. We are introduced to new characters, all who greatly
appealed to me, most of all Death, who is currently one of my all time
favorite characters. One can tell that Cashore also loves him as he gets
the last word!
While the surprises revealed in this book are
not unexpected, I found myself still delighted when they came.
Furthermore, I thought it was amazing how Leck, a character who has
haunted the first two books, was the center of this book. While it is
Bitterblue's story, it is also very much Leck's and we get more a sense
of him here than in any book although he has died over a decade ago. And
the last meeting of old friends-- it was extremely satisfying.
Bitterblue is an incredible protagonist. She is young, but strong and
fiercely loyal and incredibly intelligent. We only get a glimpse of her
at the end of Graceling, which was enough to make me realize she was
worth her own book. Somehow, even though the other two books were
wonderful on their own, this book surpasses and triumphs over them all.
balance between spots of humor among friends and the horrors of what
have come before is perfect. I do not take this lightly when I say this
is the best book I have read all year. A perfect, beautiful, poignant,
thoughtful, and worthy conclusion to the Graceling trilogy.
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