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The New York Times‒best-selling series!

"Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA's best writers of high fantasy."—Locus

In the deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen Elisa travels into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion—a champion to those who have hated her most. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy.

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"The action-packed conclusion to Carson's excellent trilogy opens hard on the heels of 2012's The Crown of Embers: young Queen Elisa and her companions trek into enemy territory to rescue the man she loves, while a traitor back home attempts to overthrow her. Elisa's journeys take her to the wintry lands of Invierne, where she hopes to destroy the source of the Inviernos' magic and bargain for peace; to the Basajuan desert, where only her most audacious plans have any chance to stop the war; and home to try to regain her throne through wits and political skill. The plot takes time to gather momentum, but Carson moves the story along with terrific world-building and character development. She also tackles classic fantasy tropes, springing off into unusual and refreshing directions that reinforce her story. Elisa learns to wield the full power of the Godstone, but it's her brains, courage, and ability to inspire people that continue to bring her success. Carson brings her series to an end with a thrilling climax, but readers will hope more adventures lie ahead. Ages 13 — up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa née Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

Synopsis:

The third book in Rae Carson's award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy. Elisa, the seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen, will travel into an unknown enemy's realm to win back her true love, save her kingdom, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Veronica Roth called The Girl of Fire and Thorns "intense, unique . . . definitely recommended."

Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and George R. R. Martin's style of sweeping and deeply satisfying epic fantasy, the third and final book in the trilogy takes the young queen on a journey more dangerous than any she has faced before. Elisa will stand before the gate of the enemy. And she must rise up as champion—even to those who have hated her—or her kingdom will fall. Full of sorcery, adventure, sizzling romance, and secrets that challenge everything she believes, this is a bold and powerful conclusion to an extraordinary trilogy. As USAToday.com proclaimed, "Rae Carson has proved she's a master and has shaken up the YA genre."

About the Author

Rae Carson is the author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom. Locus, the premier magazine for science fiction and fantasy, proclaimed, "Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA's best writers of high fantasy." The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a finalist for the Morris YA Debut Award and one of ALA's Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Rae Carson dabbled in many things, from teaching to corporate sales to customer service, before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. You can follow her on Twitter.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
As series finales go, Rae Carson rocked it with The Bitter Kingdom. As heartbroken as I am that the trilogy has come to an end, I could not have asked for a more exciting, swoon-worthy, satisfying conclusion for these beloved characters.

Admittedly, there were a couple things I didn’t love about the book and I’ll get those out of the way so the squeeing can commence. The first was the pacing. I just felt like the book should have been a bit longer. Carson is trying to accomplish a lot in the book, with three seemingly impossible conflicts that our heroine and her trusted band of allies need to overcome, and the resolutions to each seemed to be just a bit too easy and rushed. While I understood on an intellectual level that Elisa needs to accomplish these things quickly or lose everything, I just didn’t feel that sense of urgency or even the danger. I would have liked things to have felt a little more tense and risky, as if there could have been a real loss, but that never happened, at least for me. The second thing I just didn’t love was the inclusion of chapters from Hectors POV. Don’t get me wrong-I loved being in his head, but I did not like the inconsistency of the POV switch. Every time it happened I ended up disconnecting from the story for a minute because I wasn’t expecting it.

What I did love about the writing was everything else. Carson has a talent for painting visually stunning scenes, using humor to lighten otherwise emotionally brutal scenes, and character building. One of the best things about reading this series has been watching her writing improve with each installment and seeing all the loose threads that were introduced in the first two books tied together in glorious ,and at times, shocking ways. The world-building is so complex, especially when it comes to things involving the Invierno’s, that I really did not want to leave it behind. There were also a few plot twists that I did not see coming and absolutely loved. My only complaint plot-wise was how anticlimactic a certain scene involving Elisa’s Godstone felt but really that’s an insignificant complaint when you consider how exciting and engaging the rest of the story is.

The characters. OH THE CHARACTERS. I am incredibly attached to Elisa and her companions. Fully fleshed out, three-dimensional, and 100% lovable, they feel like old friends and saying goodbye to them was bittersweet. I will miss them but I loved seeing their story come to a close with plenty left to wonder about. Elisa is one of my favorite heroines of all time and I cannot gush enough about her character arc. She grew so much over the course of this series, from being downright unlikable in the first book to the fierce, take no prisoners, utterly brilliant glorious queen she is in The Bitter Kingdom. I love her strength and determination and the fact that she is always willing to make the hard choices, to sacrifice if sacrifice is needed. SHE’S WHO I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP. Mara and Belen continued to make me squee and have all sorts of feelings that I normally wouldn’t have for a secondary couple if the characters weren’t as well developed as these two are. And STORM. Storm is such a surprise favorite character of mine. He had so many wonderful moments in this book, and I wish that we could follow him on his coming journey. Carson also introduces a new character in this book, Mula, who is instantly lovable and added so much to the story that I didn’t even realize was missing until her special brand of sweet, fierce, hilarious, loyal, adorableness was brought in.

Of course, the crowing glory of the book, and really the series in general, is Hector. As one of my favorite bloggers, Gillian from Writer of Wrongs put it, when I was whining on Twitter about trying to put my The Bitter Kingdom feels into a coherent review, “The Hector in the book is well-executed and Hector-y. The plot is Hectorful, overflowing with Hector, Hector, and even Hector.” While that is a totally legitimate review in itself, I just have to say that his and Elisa’s relationship is one of my favorites ever because their relationship development is so freaking realistic and believable and lovely. I swooned over every one of their moments together, and laughed. I adored the way there first sex scene was handled. I just want a Hector. That’s all.

In conclusion read this book because it was full of adventure, fun, fierce women and Hectoryness.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062026545
Author:
Carson, Rae
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130827
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 13

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The action-packed conclusion to Carson's excellent trilogy opens hard on the heels of 2012's The Crown of Embers: young Queen Elisa and her companions trek into enemy territory to rescue the man she loves, while a traitor back home attempts to overthrow her. Elisa's journeys take her to the wintry lands of Invierne, where she hopes to destroy the source of the Inviernos' magic and bargain for peace; to the Basajuan desert, where only her most audacious plans have any chance to stop the war; and home to try to regain her throne through wits and political skill. The plot takes time to gather momentum, but Carson moves the story along with terrific world-building and character development. She also tackles classic fantasy tropes, springing off into unusual and refreshing directions that reinforce her story. Elisa learns to wield the full power of the Godstone, but it's her brains, courage, and ability to inspire people that continue to bring her success. Carson brings her series to an end with a thrilling climax, but readers will hope more adventures lie ahead. Ages 13 — up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa née Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

"Synopsis" by , The third book in Rae Carson's award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy. Elisa, the seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen, will travel into an unknown enemy's realm to win back her true love, save her kingdom, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Veronica Roth called The Girl of Fire and Thorns "intense, unique . . . definitely recommended."

Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and George R. R. Martin's style of sweeping and deeply satisfying epic fantasy, the third and final book in the trilogy takes the young queen on a journey more dangerous than any she has faced before. Elisa will stand before the gate of the enemy. And she must rise up as champion—even to those who have hated her—or her kingdom will fall. Full of sorcery, adventure, sizzling romance, and secrets that challenge everything she believes, this is a bold and powerful conclusion to an extraordinary trilogy. As USAToday.com proclaimed, "Rae Carson has proved she's a master and has shaken up the YA genre."

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