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Bitterblue

by Kristin Cashore
Illustrator Ian Schoenherr

Penguin Young Readers Group | May 1, 2012 | Hardcover

Bitterblue is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.52 × 5.8 × 1.7 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803734735

ISBN - 13: 9780803734739

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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

Bitterblue

by Kristin Cashore
Illustrator Ian Schoenherr

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.52 × 5.8 × 1.7 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803734735

ISBN - 13: 9780803734739

About the Book

The long-awaited companion to "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.

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PrologueWhen he grabs Mama’s wrist and yanks her toward the wall-hanging like that, it must hurt. Mama doesn’t cry out. She tries to hide her pain from him, but she looks back at me, and in her face, she shows me everything she feels. If Father knows she’s in pain and is showing me, Father will take Mama’s pain away and replace it with something else.He will say to Mama, “Darling, nothing’s wrong. It doesn’t hurt, you’re not frightened,” and in Mama’s face I’ll see her doubt, the beginnings of her confusion. He’ll say, “Look at our beautiful child. Look at this beautiful room. How happy we are. Nothing is wrong. Come with me, darling.” Mama will stare back at him, puzzled, and then she’ll look at me, her beautiful child in this beautiful room, and her eyes will go smooth and empty, and she’ll smile at how happy we are. I’ll smile too, because my mind is no stronger than Mama’s. I’ll say, “Have fun! Come back soon!” Then Father will produce the keys that open the door behind the hanging and Mama will glide through. Thiel, tall, troubled, bewildered in the middle of the room, will bolt in after her, and Father will follow.When the lock slides home behind them, I’ll stand there trying to remember what I was doing before all of this happened. Before Thiel, father’s foremost adviser, came into Mama’s rooms looking for Father. Before Thiel, holding his hands so tight at his sides that they shook, tried to tell Father something that made Father angry, so that Father stood up from th
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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.

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

"Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both. Thrillingly imagined and beautifully executed, "Bitterblue" stands as a splendid contribution in long literary tradition." — New York Times Book Review

"A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight." — BCCB (starred review)

"Devastating and heartbreaking...those willing to take the risk will--like Bitterblue--achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Readers will gallop through [Bitterblue], eager to catch up on beloved characters and hopeful that the Seven Kingdoms can at last find peace. There are astonishing and sometimes heartbreaking discoveries...Buy all three volumes, in multiple copies." — VOYA (starred review)

"Cashore's imagined world is brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Fans of...intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)