Release Date: May 1st 2012
Series: Graceling Realm #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Royalty, Social Issues, Young Adult
Enter the Graceling Realm and let it work its magic . . .When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.Bitterblue is unforgettable—a gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance.
I absolutely loved Graceling and I loved Fire even more; when I found out there was going to be another book in this series I was completely overtaken with joy. I immediately set out and bought and reread the other two books to get in the “Seven Kingdoms” mood. The thing about me though is, that if I like the first couple books in a series I assume I’ll like the rest, so I don’t even bother to read the summaries, that way the plot line of the book is a complete surprise to me. I won’t lie I was a little iffy when the title was released and it became obvious the book was in Bitterblue’s point of view; given that last time we’d seen her she was nine years old and although she was likeable and had an interesting story, she was still a bit bland compared to Fire and Katsa.
Thankfully all my reservations about this book were wrong and it was actually just as good, if not better than it’s prequel, Graceling. Fans of the first few books will definitely love this book. Kristin Cashore has a way about her writing that makes even the minor characters complex and likeable. All of the old favorites where back and unlike most books I’ve read where previous protagonists become minors, they were completely true to their personalities.