Published in: 2012
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 3 in the Graceling Realm trilogy
Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.
But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.
Whatever that past holds.
Two thieves, who have sworn only to 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, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart . . .
Bitterblue was 10 in the first book of this trilogy, and she has grown up since then. Now she is a 16 year old queen, trying to run her realm without knowing a single thing about it as her advisers are lying to her and keeping her coddled up in the castle. So she sets out by herself at night to see the surrounding city for herself and learn about it’s people.
Old characters come to visit, Katsa and Po and even Fire makes a surprise visit towards the end (I may have squealed at that point, I love Fire). The old characters mingling with the new makethis book quite fun to read as you have the familiar to fall back on, with the fun new to keep it interesting. The mystery of Leck, Bitterblue’s evil father, is the underlying story of the book and what Bitterblue is trying to figure out, along with a thousand other things.
It’s really an interesting adventure-filled story and I was sad to see it finished- I wish that there was more books to this series than just the three. I’d love to learn more about both realms and their weird fantastic powers and abilities.
Bitterblue rating: 9.5/10. Really loved this (but as far as favourites of the series go, Fire has to be my fave)
Would I re-read it? Hells yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the trilogy, fans of fantasy and adventure stories. While reading this book and series, I was reminded of the Sarah J Maas series “Throne of Glass”, so if you enjoy that series or similar ones, then check this series out- it’s really very good.
Graceling Realm website: http://www.gracelingrealm.com/