Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Book 3

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781101574973
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Mar 11, 2018

Book definitely needs a trigger warning - it involves the rape and torture of children.

Jan 15, 2018

This is a very slow moving book, but after it starts up it's very exciting and adventurous... The romance works well and is sad at some times... I did stay up reading this and dont regret it! I recommend this book and hope you enjoy!

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MelifluousView Dec 10, 2016

Bitterblue comes into her own as Queen through some dangerous adventures, love, betrayal, and coming to grips with who her father really was. I loved her journey!

Sep 12, 2016

I think that Kristen Cashore is an amazing writer, and that she was able to make this book interesting, I just think it should have had more of a plot. Bitterblue basically is a book telling you how to run a kingdom. I still read it, but skipped many of the boring scenes.

Jul 04, 2016

Bitterblue happens eight years after Graceling and it follows the tale of young queen Bitterblue who is still discovering many new things about her kingdom. It was very beautifully written and full of suspense.

Nov 14, 2015

In Graceling, Bitterblue was a 12-year-old princess of Monsea who witnessed her mother fatally pierced with an arrow at the hands of her father, King Leck, and managed to escape with her life with the assistance of new friends Katsa and Po. Eight years later Bitterblue is the reigning queen of Monsea, but her advisors are keeping her so busy with paperwork that she feels disconnected from her citizens. On a whim, Bitterblue sneaks out in disguise one evening to explore her own city and finds herself in a pub, where she is simultaneously fascinated and horrified to hear stories of her father recounted as entertainment. She is equally surprised to make the acquaintance of Saf and Teddy, two friendly, intriguing young men who have no idea of her true nature and whose business dealings seem rather suspect. The more time Bitterblue spends with her new friends, the more dangerous her nightly excursions become, and the more she doubts what she knows about the past. This was a solid improvement over Fire, though not quite as enjoyable as Graceling. I loved Bitterblue in disguise, and the idea that sometimes the only way to learn the truth about something is to observe anonymously. I rooted for her relationship with Saf. The extent of the horrors Bitterblue eventually uncovers were darker and more exaggerated, I think, than they necessarily needed to be in a novel written for a teen audience. I regret that the ending seemed to leave some plot elements untied, or at least intentionally vague as to invite the reader to self-interpret. After all she's been through, I wished to be reassured that there was some happiness and fulfillment in store for her.

BostonPL_AnnaD Jul 31, 2015

Title/Author: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Read by: Anna, Teen Central Librarian

Summary: Bitterblue first appeared in Kristin Cashore’s Graceling as a young princess running from her father, the king. She was ten years old then. Now she’s 18 and struggling as Queen to understand exactly what happened during her father’s reign and how it’s still affecting her people. During her search for the truth, she befriends a thief and realizes that King Leck used his grace to do the most unspeakable things to his subjects.

Series/Standalone: Book 3 in the Graceling trilogy

Genre/sub-genre: Fantasy

Diversity: yes (In reading Bitterblue, I’ve come to realize there is more diversity in the previous books than I originally thought, but they aren’t for the reader to know about, until book 3.)

Relatable characters: yes

Would I re-read?: Maybe-yes

Personal thoughts: This was a very difficult book to read, as much as it was very good. Bitterblue faces many obstacles in her search for the truth, and many of those obstacles bring her down, making her doubt herself. This was hard to read, but also finding out exactly why King Leck hired his healers as his main advisers was also difficult. I won’t sugar coat it, this book is dark, and a lot longer than the other two. However, that said, it does a nice job of ending the trilogy and wrapping up all the important bits, while leaving enough open to be realistic. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a lot of realism thrown in.

Jul 13, 2015

This was not my favorite of the Graceling books, but I still loved it. I connected really well with the characters and I was left wishing she'd write more.

Mar 30, 2015

Extremely satisfying conclusion to the Graceling series, focusing on Bitterblue, who is now queen of Monsea and trying to recover her kingdom from her father's terrible reign, and featuring lots of familiar and beloved characters from the first book (and even a brief appearance from someone from the second). I'm rating it slightly lower than the other two books only because the plot was a BIT convoluted -- but, having said that, the characters' development and interpersonal dynamics were so flawless it makes up for the complicated plot, and Cashore's writing is, as ever, lovely and memorable. Recommend this series so, so highly.

Feb 23, 2015

The third installment in the Graceling Realm series is everything you could want it to be. It seamlessly brings together the first two books in the series as it explores the terrors of Leck- a graceling with the ability to control others minds- through his daughter Bitterblue. Even after his death, Leck haunts the kingdom of Monsea, and as Bitterblue strives to be a good queen for her people she is faced with the terrors of her father’s reign. However, Bitterblue is not alone. With the help of friends Bitterblue begins to unravel Leck’s atrocities and the plots that threaten to keep her kingdom from moving on. Cashore truly has a knack for sucking the reader into her world! I can't get enough of her characters.

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LPL_RachaelH Jun 25, 2014

At eighteen, Bitterblue is a Queen with no power who feels confined and smothered by her advisers. Defiantly, the young Queen begins sneaking out of the castle at night in disguise to walk the streets and learn the truth about the thirty five year long spell that entrapped her Kingdom. With the help of two thieves, Bitterblue is determined to move herself and her Kingdom toward a better future.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

It has been nine years since Katsa killed King Leck and ended his sociopathic reign, and his daughter, Bitterblue is on the throne. Bitterblue is trying to be a good queen, but it's hard in a kingdom full of secrets. Suspecting her advisers are lying to her, Bitterblue takes to roaming the streets in disguise to find the truth of her kingdom. What she finds is a web of conspiracies, and betrayals that will test her abilities as queen. Can one young woman heal a kingdom that was wounded for 35 years? Can she even come to terms with her own past?

stephaniehjones Mar 24, 2012

Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities. Source:


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