Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 563 p
Bitterblue continues the fantasy story Kristin Cashore set up in both Graceling and Fire. The story takes place eight years after the events in Graceling. Bitterblue is now a young adult and Queen of Monsea. Her people are no longer under the control of the evil King Leck, but they are not without problems. Determined to break free from her restrictive advisors Bitterblue sneaks out of the castle disguised as a baker and learns someone is murdering people who are trying to discover the truth about King Leck's horrific reign.
While it is not necessary to have read Graceling or Fire to enjoy Bitterblue, readers familiar with the first two books will enjoy the references to those stories as well as reconnecting with the popular characters Katsa and Po.
Bitterblue is a strong but vulnerable heroine. Cashore has written yet another engaging female character and fans of Katsa will not be disappointed in this latest offering. If you loved Graceling, you'll love Bitterblue too. It is beautifully written and hard to put down.
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