Bitterblue is a young adult fantasy novel written by American author Kristin Cashore. It is preceded by Graceling, and Fire. Bitterblue is the third book in the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore. It was released on May 1, Building on the plots and themes of the award-winning Graceling () and its companion Fire (), this rich and poignant fantasy grapples.
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Bitterblue Graceling Realm 3 by Kristin Cashore. 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 krisitn. 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-thinki Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck.
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Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: 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 gy to steal what has already been stolen, cashre 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 cashroe key to her heart. Hardcoverpages.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bitterblueplease sign up. Aadivah This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [They are separated for long periods of time by their council work and other things so when they are together, they are the cutest couple. When is book 4 coming?
It’s been 4 years since Bitterblue already! Emily There is no other book. Bitterblue was the last book in the trilogy. Though I do wish there was more because it kinda ended a little too open for my …more There is no other book. Though I do wish there was more because it kinda ended a little too open for my liking less. See all 21 questions about Bitterblue…. Lists with This Book.
Nov 04, M— rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quite possibly my favorite of the trilogy. In running for best read of Original Thoughts November I am so surprised by the tremendous backlash against this series’ arguably non-traditional romantic direction.
And yet the backlash is fascinating. I see Katsa painted by some reviewers as ‘man hating’ because she doesn’t want to get married or to have children, which is an interpretation that never dawned on me when I read the review in progress Review May Five stars? I see Katsa painted by some reviewers as ‘man hating’ because she doesn’t want to get married or to have children, which is an interpretation that never dawned on me when I read the book, and I see backlash very vocally continuing with Fire, and this because while Fire wanted to have children desperately, she decided the lineage of human monsters was too dangerous to continue.
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There’s backlash for this? Well, that reaction to that presentation makes me genuinely angry. Katsa spends a significant part of novel working to gain emancipation and, having gained it, is entirely justified not to wish to put b back into position of a legal possession under a husband.
The end of the novel has Katsa inundated with positive relationship with men Man, I want to reread Tamora Pierce’s Alana books now just for the refreshing taste of having multiple lovers before choosing one to settle down with without shame or backlash. House Like a Lotus, first experience of the concept of premarital sex. That said, I think that Bitterblue will be obligated to both marry and have children and she does head a kingdom and generally one of the responsibilities of a ruler is to produce an heir.
View all 45 comments. Jun 05, Tatiana rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was one of the most anticipated reads of the year for me and will go down my personal history as one of the most massive disappointments. It has to be acknowledged, though, that most of the reviews of Bitterblue so far have been very positive and contained words like “genius” and “masterpiece” in them.
My opinion appears to be out of norm. After recently rereading both Kristin Cashore ‘s earlier b As seen on The Readventurer It’s with a heavy heart that I’m giving Cashire only 2 stars. After recently rereading both Kristin Cashore ‘s earlier books, I feel that with each krishin one she moves casuore from the simplicity of her debut Graceling and what I personally like to read and in a direction that I can’t follow. I’ve always felt after finishing Graceling that Bitterblue’s story had to be told.
She carries such a dreadful legacy – a deranged, mind-manipulating father, a country damaged by the year long abuse by Bbitterblue twisted magic, Bitterblue’s own childhood traumas.
krkstin All of this is in the novel. Bitterblue is 18 butterblue, a rightful queen of Monsea, running her kingdom efficiently enough with the help of her advisers who urge her to forget the horrors of the past and look forward. But then she starts noticing that there is something really wrong going on around her. People act irrationally, they lie about the smallest things, they make no sense. She ventures outside the walls of her castle, to meet regular people and to find out the real state of things in her country.
Bitterblue comes across even more odd behaviors and crimes. She does her best to untangle the web of lies, puzzles and madness The truths Bitterblue uncovers are bitterbluf, and they have to be explored. But I feel like Cashore arrives at those truths by a route that is too complicated, convoluted and scattered.
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore
Too many side plots, too much talk of ciphers and codes, too many characters coming and going, too many illogical occurrences that instead of making the story more intricate, end up making it too busy and messy. I am definitely a fan of twisty, complicated plots. Bitterblue has that, it strives to be something akin to Megan Whalen Turner ‘s and Melina Marchetta ‘s fantasy novels these three authors appear to draw inspiration from each other’s works. But whereas I was consumed by Turner’s and Marchetta’s mysteries, trying to spot what was wrong and who was lying and why and guessing the connections among the characters, reading Bitterblue was mostly a confusing and irritating experience.
Events and characters in this novel are completely insane. They make no sense, they defy logic, they stand out to any person as odd. Most of the book I spent repeating Bitterblue’s own thoughts: What is going on? And why is everyone acting so crazy?
As a mystery, Bitterblue did not work for me at all. Untangling a mystery in which no one even makes an effort to pretend to act normally is too much a challenge for me.
There are things I did like in Bitterblue. The prologue, containing a scene of Leck mind-raping Bitterblue and her mother is, in my opinion, the best piece of Cashore’s writing, horrifying and affecting. We also meet quite a few characters from the author’s prior novels. Many I am sure will be happy to see Po and Katsa again although they seem to be a lot more And the last hundred pages, where some secrets are uncovered and things start coming together, are much more pleasurable to read. But even keeping the positives in mind, I can’t say I enjoyed reading Bitterblue.
It was a challenge, it was a struggle. View all comments. This book is a narrative about how colonization can fuck you over. Along the way, she must come to terms the legacy of a genocidal, terrifying monster as a ruler, one who wiped away every detail of the country and replaced it with his own imagined world. But she must also come to terms with the This book is a narrative about how colonization can fuck you over. But she must also come to terms with the legacy of that monster being her father.
Never heard it pitched that way before? So, what is Bitterblue about, you ask? Well, I don’t think it can be fully summed up. In one way, it’s a mystery— Bitterblue spends this book trying to discover what really happened during her father’s reign, to both her people AND herself, and what is happening now.
In one way, it’s a character journey— Bitterblue’s journey of agency and growing up. But in another way, it’s the journey of a whole world— the story of an entire country’s journey to free itself from a legacy of colonialism and brutality. I’ve seen many say they had trouble with this book due to boredom.
While I found this story incredibly compelling, it should be said that the first half is somewhat slow.
And yes, there are a multitude of sideplots in Bitterbluebut here’s the thing: I think the book works because of the pace. The slightly slow beginning of caashore first half is nicely offset by the slow-build mystery and character development of the book, and it completely pays off towards the second half.
And with all these different interlocking plots, the book still feels tied together and coherent.