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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.

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"When last seen, Bitterblue had been crowned queen of Monsea, after Katsa, the heroine of Graceling, killed her father, King Leck. (He had it coming.) Eight years have passed; Bitterblue, now 18, is in power, even as her counselors have attempted to sweep the wretched perversity of Leck's reign under the rug. Bitterblue objects — not only because she thinks she needs to understand that history in order to lead but because she feels constrained by busy work that keeps her trapped in the castle. Spirited and frustrated, she dons a disguise, sneaks out, and quickly befriends a printer and a handsome thief. Complications, naturally, ensue. Her romance and growth into the role of queen are among the best parts of this sprawling story, which brings forward (but does not entirely resolve) plot strands from both Graceling and Fire. There are many pleasures — fans will welcome the return of Katsa and her lover, Po; Bitterblue's court includes Death (rhymes with teeth), a dour librarian graced with the ability to read fast and remember every word. Once the narrative shifts from Bitterblue's clandestine adventures in the city to her convalescence inside the castle, the story loses some steam, even as the sick nature of Leck's abuses are unearthed. Nonetheless, devotees of the earlier books and fans of Megan Whalen Turner's intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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

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

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

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"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

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"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)

Synopsis:

The powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy.

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A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

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As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by a Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.

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In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
 
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesnt mean she has.

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. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

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zeetee, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by zeetee)
This was such a good book. It was layered and complex and still fascinating and seriously entertaining. I'll read anything Kristin Cashore writes. Highly recommended.
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crudmonkeee, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by crudmonkeee)
I'd been waiting for what felt like ages for Bitterblue after finishing Fire, and I must say, it lived up to my expectations. Bitterblue reads more as a sequel to Graceling than a companion (like Fire), but it still holds a life all its own. While it takes characters we've already learned to love and furthers their story, what I really love is this new cast. They carry over the wit and charm of the old all the while adding their own Sparks.

This book is worth the read, whether you're new to the series or not.
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Jena, August 12, 2012 (view all comments by Jena)
I love Cashore's Graceling series, and I don't think Bitterblue disappoints. It covers a hard question: how does a kingdom that's been under the crazy, mind-control tyranny of a Graceling move past his reign? Can it come to grips with what he did, what he forced others to do, and overcome the harm he did in order to build a better kingdom? Can his daughter be the queen they need, even when no one will tell her the extent of the horrors to be overcome?

I also love that I didn't have to reread the earlier books for this one to make sense. We see the same characters and loose threads get tied together, but if you don't quite remember who Giddon & Po are, you're reminded enough in the context of the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780803734739
Author:
Cashore, Kristin
Publisher:
Dial Books
Illustrator:
Schoenherr, Ian
Author:
Hahn, Rebecca
Author:
Schoenherr, Ian
Author:
La Fevers, Robin
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
His Fair Assassin Trilogy
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When last seen, Bitterblue had been crowned queen of Monsea, after Katsa, the heroine of Graceling, killed her father, King Leck. (He had it coming.) Eight years have passed; Bitterblue, now 18, is in power, even as her counselors have attempted to sweep the wretched perversity of Leck's reign under the rug. Bitterblue objects — not only because she thinks she needs to understand that history in order to lead but because she feels constrained by busy work that keeps her trapped in the castle. Spirited and frustrated, she dons a disguise, sneaks out, and quickly befriends a printer and a handsome thief. Complications, naturally, ensue. Her romance and growth into the role of queen are among the best parts of this sprawling story, which brings forward (but does not entirely resolve) plot strands from both Graceling and Fire. There are many pleasures — fans will welcome the return of Katsa and her lover, Po; Bitterblue's court includes Death (rhymes with teeth), a dour librarian graced with the ability to read fast and remember every word. Once the narrative shifts from Bitterblue's clandestine adventures in the city to her convalescence inside the castle, the story loses some steam, even as the sick nature of Leck's abuses are unearthed. Nonetheless, devotees of the earlier books and fans of Megan Whalen Turner's intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue. Ages 14 – up. Agent: Faye Bender, Faye Bender Literary Agency. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight."
"Review" by , "Devastating and heartbreaking...those willing to take the risk will — like Bitterblue — achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning."
"Review" by , "Cashore's imagined world is brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
The powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy.
"Synopsis" by , A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.
"Synopsis" by , As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by a Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
 
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesnt mean she has.

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