Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: May 1, 2012
from Dial

"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 . . ."

My Thoughts:

It was nice being back in this world. This world is so rich and well developed and it’s just high fantasy at its finest. I loved how this one brought together things from both Graceling and Fire and tied it all up.

It may seem obvious, but Bitterblue was the star of the show. It was so wonderful watching her grow into a strong and wonderful queen. She was thrust into this role as a child and now it’s time for her to truly step up and help heal the kingdom from the horrors Leck committed. I loved how strong Bitterblue became and that she was fierce and capable and smart.

I of course also loved Saf. It’s hard to not love Saf. He is impulsive and reckless, but he is also strong and brave and fiercely loyal. I think my favorite characters through were of course Po and Katsa. I just loved seeing them again. Graceling is forever my favorite of the series and that is really because of those two. Watching them together after so long just made my heart swell and my feels were in full fangirl mode. We especially get a lot of Po and it was wonderful. I remember loving Po, but it’s been a few years since I’ve read Graceling and I had forgotten just how much I love him and how wonderful he is.

As with any Cashore book, Bitterblue had a bunch of moving pieces and layers to the story and that is really what makes her books so great. I loved putting all the pieces together with Bitterblue and I was caught off guard quite a few times.

All in all, I’m really glad I finally made time to finish off this series. Bitterblue was a great read and a great way to see some old friends again.


  1. Despite the fact that I KNOW I'll like this series, I haven't even started it yet. Can you imagine? I've owned Graceling for YEARS and I've read tons of glowing reviews for all three books...and we are. LOL! Le sigh. Anyway, I wanted to see how you made out with Bitterblue nonetheless and I'm really glad that you enjoyed it this much :)

  2. Thank you for the great review. I had read Graceling a long time ago and thought it was super good, but didn't want to continue the series since they were about different characters. I may have to pick up the other books soon if these characters are in the other books. Thank you so much!

  3. I think this cover is so beautiful -- the colors are my favorite! I love how much you love this series, and I'm really happy you got to see old friends again! It's so interesting that the books follow different characters. Great review, lobster xo

  4. I suck at finishing series so big props to you for finally getting round to this.

    I hope you're having a great week!

  5. I think I read a bit of Graceling, or maybe all of it, but didn't really care for it. Just not into it. Glad you enjoy this series though.


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