Bitterblue, Paperback
4 out of 5 (6 ratings)

Description

The long-awaited companion to the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck.

Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on.

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 reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened.

Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and it's only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle - curious, disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth.

Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past. Whatever that past holds. Two thieves, who have sworn only to 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, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart ...

Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780575097193

£9.99

£8.85

 
Free Home Delivery

on all orders

 
Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Reviews

Showing 1 - 5 of 6 reviews.

  Previous  |  Next

Review by
5

Kristin Cashore amazes me once again.I would almost classify Bitterblue as a psychological thriller, because that's kind of what it is. Instead of a great war or battle involving fight scenes and castle sieges, Bitterblue is about a kingdom trying to recover from a terrible man who ravaged their minds as well as their bodies. Mental wounds and mental battles play a very strong role in this book, much stronger than in Graceling and Fire.I'm also immensely fond of Bitterblue the character. She's the first main character in the series not to be unnaturally talented, like a Graceling or a Monster. Instead, she's basically a normal girl. Except she's the daughter of Leck, and extremely suited to the job (though she doesn't know it).I have to admit, Kristin Cashore's writing doesn't strike me as awe-inspiring, for some reason. But at the same time, Bitterblue is heartbreakingly beautiful. As Bitterblue discovers more terrible truths, it's hard not to be struck and hurt by them as the reader.It's 550 pages of tragedy, to be honest. But it's beautiful, and so worth it (though it's going to be a while before I read it again....).

Review by
4

so this book was very real. it was about Bitterblue and her trying to heal her kingdom after what her sick Father King Leck did to the people of Monsea. <br/><br/>This book is a lil different in that the drama and emotion is way more intense than the previous ones. It still had cool action scenes, court intrigue, a lil romance, and plot twists (a few i actually did not see coming, most i did but icread a ton of mysteries). Kasta &amp; Poe were a lil weird to me (very emo), compared to how they were in Gracling. <br/><br/>the damage Queen Bitterblue is trying to heal reminds me of Croatia and the wars in that area, Germany after WWII, the child soldiers in Africa, and children everywhere who have evil fathers and no moms. it was intense and made me sooooooooo very glad to have been raised by my parents (never been abused in any way) and live in the USA. it's a good book.

Review by
4

so this book was very real. it was about Bitterblue and her trying to heal her kingdom after what her sick Father King Leck did to the people of Monsea. <br/><br/>This book is a lil different in that the drama and emotion is way more intense than the previous ones. It still had cool action scenes, court intrigue, a lil romance, and plot twists (a few i actually did not see coming, most i did but icread a ton of mysteries). Kasta &amp; Poe were a lil weird to me (very emo), compared to how they were in Gracling. <br/><br/>the damage Queen Bitterblue is trying to heal reminds me of Croatia and the wars in that area, Germany after WWII, the child soldiers in Africa, and children everywhere who have evil fathers and no moms. it was intense and made me sooooooooo very glad to have been raised by my parents (never been abused in any way) and live in the USA. it's a good book.

Review by
4

so this book was very real. it was about Bitterblue and her trying to heal her kingdom after what her sick Father King Leck did to the people of Monsea. <br/><br/>This book is a lil different in that the drama and emotion is way more intense than the previous ones. It still had cool action scenes, court intrigue, a lil romance, and plot twists (a few i actually did not see coming, most i did but icread a ton of mysteries). Kasta &amp; Poe were a lil weird to me (very emo), compared to how they were in Gracling. <br/><br/>the damage Queen Bitterblue is trying to heal reminds me of Croatia and the wars in that area, Germany after WWII, the child soldiers in Africa, and children everywhere who have evil fathers and no moms. it was intense and made me sooooooooo very glad to have been raised by my parents (never been abused in any way) and live in the USA. it's a good book.

Review by
4

so this book was very real. it was about Bitterblue and her trying to heal her kingdom after what her sick Father King Leck did to the people of Monsea. <br/><br/>This book is a lil different in that the drama and emotion is way more intense than the previous ones. It still had cool action scenes, court intrigue, a lil romance, and plot twists (a few i actually did not see coming, most i did but icread a ton of mysteries). Kasta &amp; Poe were a lil weird to me (very emo), compared to how they were in Gracling. <br/><br/>the damage Queen Bitterblue is trying to heal reminds me of Croatia and the wars in that area, Germany after WWII, the child soldiers in Africa, and children everywhere who have evil fathers and no moms. it was intense and made me sooooooooo very glad to have been raised by my parents (never been abused in any way) and live in the USA. it's a good book.

  Previous  |  Next

Also by Kristin Cashore   |  View all