Tuesday, 1 May 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore

Release Date: 01/05/12


The long-awaited companion to the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire 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 ..


If you loved Graceling and Fire, then you’ve more than likely been waiting to get your hands on this title. It’s got Kristens usual writing style of solid prose, wonderful adventure and a heroine that you really can’t help but like which when added to a clean overall arc leaves the reader with a story that is a joy to read.

Add to this great dialogue alongside an author who mixes all the elements to just the right proportions of action, character growth and personal interaction and all in this is a title that really will hit the spot. Finally add to this a cleverly concealed target backed with wonderfully placed threads and for me as a reader I was more than satisfied with the book.

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