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Bitterblue

by Kristin Cashore
Illustrator Ian Schoenherr

Firebird | September 17, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Bitterblue is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.
Enter the Graceling Realm and let it work its magic . . .

When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck''s reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn''t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Bitterblue is unforgettable—a gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 8.26 × 5.49 × 1.57 in

Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Firebird

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142426016

ISBN - 13: 9780142426012

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Kristin Cashore truly has outdone herself. So many things happen in this story that it's amazing Cashore managed to fit it into one book. It was wonderful that Katsa, and Po are tied into this story, as well as Fire but I won't give to much away. As Bitterblue tries to find out just how much damage her father, the deceased King Leck, caused to his kingdom during his reign you're taken on a wonderful journey of Bitterblue transitioning from an uninformed teenager to a strong and powerful queen. Cashore has created a wonderful world, and I do hope she continues on with these books. She has created many characters that could branch off into different stories, and I really hope that she writes one for Saf. If you're thinking of reading Graceling, Fire, or Bitterblue you don't need to hesitate, they're all wonderful books.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitterblue A fitting end to this trilogy and really hope that it doesn't stop there. Looking forward to more from ms. Cashore
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait! In these three books Kristin Cashore has created a unique and facinating world and I truly hope that she continues to write more about it.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitterblue is a Diamond in the YA Fantasy Genre! Waiting for Bitterblue was one of the most unbearable tortures I ever had to bear while waiting for a book. The release date for the third installment of the Graceling Realm was pushed two or three times, and every time that happened, all my excitement was crushed into a million pieces. But truth be told, if I had to go through all that all over again, I definitely would! I wouldn't think it twice, I definitely would! Bitterblue is just magnificent! The long and torturous wait for this book is definitely worth waiting for! In fact, it is extremely rewarding! Bitterblue takes place eight years after the events of Graceling. The old Graced king whose words manipulated people at his will is long dead. But the Kingdom of Monsea and its people still need to heal from all the atrocities that occurred during King Leck's ruling period. Now, Bitterblue is eighteen year-old and Queen of Monsea. She works for her kingdom from her tower (behind a mountain of documents) but Bitterblue needs to know what's going on among her people and on the street of her own city. She feels compelled to go a see with her own eyes how has her kingdom changed since the dead of evil King Leck. So, Bitterblue finds a way to sneak out of the castle to walk by herself the street of her own city. Here is when the story takes off for a high and graced flight. Reviewing Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue is extremely hard. So much happens in this book that it is hard to know where to start. Cashore certainly put everything she had to offer into this thick novel. Bitterblue's transition into adulthood as well as her personal grow, as a person and Queen of Monsea, are definitely a powerful point in the plot. However, there is so much more. This novel embraces a whole kingdom and the suffering of its people. The consequences of King Leck's evilness are quietly lying under a thick layer of lies that have now become the weak pillars of Monsea. Bitterblue is about a devastated kingdom that needs to be healed. Bitterblue has to put back together and raise once again her kingdom. But first comes healing, and with that, truth and understanding. Yet this truth may break again her people. Is it better to forget or to remember? Should we uncover the truth even if it's unbearable? Bitterblue is certainly a thought provoking read that will leave readers' staring into space many times during the course of this read. The love interest (Saf, the mesmerizing Lienid/Monsean thief and sailor) is certainly a heart-warming and drool-worthy addition to the plot. Oh Saf! I want/need a book about you! The romance in this installment is intense yet bittersweet and I am sure that it will stop hearts and take every reader's breath away. In addition, I need to mention that Po is a very important character in this book and I am extremely glad that he and Katsa are back. I really missed them, and their presence in this story gave me an immense joy. Also, there is an extraordinary surprise by the end of the book, which makes me want to raise monument for Kristin Cashore! Bitterblue is so full of surprises and it amaze me how Cashore was able to do all of this so perfectly well. Now, I really wish there is a sequel coming because I feel there is still so much more to see in the world the author has created. The ending of Bitterblue, for me, doesn't feel like a closure, it feels like a beginning! Exceptionally well-written, Bitterblue is a powerful crescendo that explodes into a series of shocking, poignants, heart-stopping and fascinating events that will, for sure, have a strong impact on readers. Bitterblue is a book that will absolutely transcend in the YA fantasy genre. Certainly, Kristin Cashore in the third installment of the Graceling Realm series, built one of the most extraordinary and complex stories I have ever read. The fascinating and marvelous world of the Graceling Realm is definitely a diamond on the YA shelves and, for every one, a must-read!
Date published: 2012-05-02

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Bitterblue

by Kristin Cashore
Illustrator Ian Schoenherr

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 8.26 × 5.49 × 1.57 in

Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Firebird

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142426016

ISBN - 13: 9780142426012

About the Book

The companion to the "New York Times" bestsellers "Graceling" and "Fire." Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the 35-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities.

From the Publisher

Enter the Graceling Realm and let it work its magic . . .

When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck''s reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn''t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Bitterblue is unforgettable—a gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance.

About the Author

Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor''s degree from Williams College and a master''s from the Center for the Study of Children''s Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm--Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue--have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.

Editorial Reviews

* “A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight.”—BCCB (starred review)
 
* “Devastating and heartbreaking.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
* “Brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters.”—SLJ, starred review

* “Fans of . . .intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“An exceptional book: heartbreaking, deep, and beautiful.”—wandsandworlds.com
 
“Cashore is wonderful, tough and nuanced—everything you could want from a writer.”—Junot Díaz, author of This is How You Lose Her
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