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Bitterblue (Graceling)


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ISBN13: 9780803734739
ISBN10: 0803734735
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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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Joreader, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by Joreader)
This is the 3rd in the Graceling series and, I thInk, my favorite. Kristen Cashore has created vivid characters, fantastical kingdoms, and intricate plots. Her female leads are strong, intelligent and genuine, and I found myself drawn to them completely. I am not usually a lover of fantasy, but couldn't wait to find time to read this each day. I strongly recommend this, and all of the Graceling books
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MS Teacher , August 5, 2012 (view all comments by MS Teacher )
I wasn't sure if this book could be as good as Graceling, but I was not disappointed! It began a bit slow, but soon took off. There were twists, turns, mysteries, excitement, and even some surprises! I can't wait to read the next book! It was great!
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Cashore, Kristin
Dial Books
Schoenherr, Ian
Hahn, Rebecca
Schoenherr, Ian
La Fevers, Robin
Children s-General
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Action & Adventure
Edition Description:
Trade paper
His Fair Assassin Trilogy
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 7
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Bitterblue (Graceling) Used Hardcover
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Product details 608 pages Dial Books - English 9780803734739 Reviews:
"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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