Bitterblue[PDF] ✐ Bitterblue ✑ Kristin Cashore – Bitterblue avait dix ans uand son père le roi Leck a été assassiné et u’elle est devenue reine de Monsea Huit ans plus tard elle tente toujours de diriger le royaume Mais le passé et l’influe Bitterblue avait dix ans uand son père le roi Leck a été assassiné et u’elle est devenue reine de Monsea Huit ans plus tard elle tente toujours de diriger le royaume Mais le passé et l’influence de Leck un tyran pervers ui possédait le pouvoir de contrôler les esprits empoisonne les rues de la cité Jusu’au jour où Bitterblue rencontre deux voleurs l’un détient la clé sur la vérité du règne de Leck ; l’autre doté d’un pouvoir exceptionnel détient celle de son coeur. review in progressReview May 2012Five stars? Four and half? uite possibly my favorite of the trilogyIn running for best read of 2012Original Thoughts November 2009I am so surprised by the tremendous backlash against this series' arguably non traditional romantic direction And yet the backlash is fascinating I see Katsa painted by some reviewers as 'man hating' because she doesn't want to get married or to have children which is an interpretation that never dawned on me when I read the book and I see backlash very vocally continuing with Fire and this because while Fire wanted to have children desperately she decided the lineage of human monsters was too dangerous to continue There's backlash for this? Really? WTF? Is it so ingrained in our culture that 'happy future' euals 'wedding ring pregnancy' that a mere story involving a happy future that resulted somewhat differently genuinely makes people angry? Well that reaction to that presentation makes me genuinely angry fix or clarifyI can't believe Katsa's desire not to wed is being interpreted by some as 'man hating' Katsa comes from a society where woman are the legal possessions check on this and confirm; reread Graceling of their husbands and fathers and Katsa herself is the legal possession of the king and has been her whole life Katsa spends a significant part of novel working to gain emancipation and having gained it is entirely justified not to wish to put herself back into position of a legal possession under a husband The end of the novel has Katsa inundated with positive relationship with men she actively in love with a man men are her best and closest friends and she counts and is counted by men as her strongest allies and yet because she doesn't want to be a wife and mother Katsa is 'man hating'? RidiculousMan I want to reread Tamora Pierce's Alana books now just for the refreshing taste of having multiple lovers before choosing one to settle down with without shame or backlash House Like a Lotus first experience of the concept of premarital sexThat said I think that Bitterblue will be obligated to both marry and have children and she does head a kingdom and generally one of the responsibilities of a ruler is to produce an heir Ok so I did remember Cashore being a pioneer of writing about controversial topics in YA fantasy like periods birth control not wanting to be married etc What I didn't remember was that she was a pioneer of redconnominal diversity too 1 Fire has brown skin in Bitterblue Have you seen literally every cover of every edition of Fire? Have you ever heard Cashore talk about her covers being whitewashed? No? Neither have I2 In Bitterblue Bann and Raffin visit Bitterblue exclusively to be gay for a few pages they didn't have a story arc I still remember how in 2008 on her blog Cashore refused to answer uestions about these two being in a relationship because she doesn't comment on subtext or whatever3 There is a lesbian couple in this installment they maybe have one sentence each If you are not going to make them real characters why are doing this? There is a hundred characters in this book these ones couldn't get any real rep? Aside from that although there was a moment in Bitterblue when I thought Hmm I am not feeling that negatively about it this time that thought started to disappear as I got deeper into the novelIt's too long it has too many subplots and characters ciphers embroidery crown Sapphire Fox bridges PoKatsa gang that simply take away from the story to the detriment of the pacing and character development There were people in this book that I couldn't tell apart There was a romance that I couldn't care for Bitterblue had chemistry with a totally different guy But this was another case when a Message was clearly important to Cashore than storytelling She is undoubtedly a message driven writerAnd yeah Katsa and Po were EXTRA All in all I just didn't care I see how many clever ideas Cashore had for this story democracy languages art trauma truth healing governance and yet it was delivered in a convoluted blah way I am much less curious and optimistic about what's going to happen in Winterkeep And it's 500 pages The simplicity and clarity of Graceling aren't ever coming back are they?It's with a heavy heart that I'm giving Bitterblue only 2 stars This book was one of the most anticipated reads of the year for me and will go down my personal history as one of the most massive disappointments It has to be acknowledged though that most of the reviews of Bitterblue so far have been very positive and contained words like genius and masterpiece in them My opinion appears to be out of normAfter recently rereading both Kristin Cashore's earlier books I feel that with each new one she moves away from the simplicity of her debut Graceling and what I personally like to read and in a direction that I can't follow I enjoyed the actionromancemagic mixture of Graceling and mostly liked Fire even though some of it was boring and over complicated I'm talking about the ball conspiracy scene but Bitterblue is a completely different beast a story that is confusing and indulgently longI've always felt after finishing Graceling that Bitterblue's story had to be told She carries such a dreadful legacy a deranged mind manipulating father a country damaged by the 35 year long abuse by Leck's twisted magic Bitterblue's own childhood traumas All of this is in the novelBitterblue is 18 now a rightful ueen of Monsea running her kingdom efficiently enough with the help of her advisers who urge her to forget the horrors of the past and look forward But then she starts noticing that there is something really wrong going on around her People act irrationally they lie about the smallest things they make no sense She ventures outside the walls of her castle to meet regular people and to find out the real state of things in her country Bitterblue comes across even odd behaviors and crimes She does her best to untangle the web of lies puzzles and madnessThe truths Bitterblue uncovers are powerful and they have to be explored But I feel like Cashore arrives at those truths by a route that is too complicated convoluted and scattered Too many side plots too much talk of ciphers and codes too many characters coming and going too many illogical occurrences that instead of making the story intricate end up making it too busy and messyI am definitely a fan of twisty complicated plots Bitterblue has that it strives to be something akin to Megan Whalen Turner's and Melina Marchetta's fantasy novels these three authors appear to draw inspiration from each other's works But whereas I was consumed by Turner's and Marchetta's mysteries trying to spot what was wrong and who was lying and why and guessing the connections among the characters reading Bitterblue was mostly a confusing and irritating experience Events and characters in this novel are completely insane They make no sense they defy logic they stand out to any person as odd Most of the book I spent repeating Bitterblue's own thoughts What is going on? And why is everyone acting so crazy? As a mystery Bitterblue did not work for me at all Untangling a mystery in which no one even makes an effort to pretend to act normally is too much a challenge for meThere are things I did like in Bitterblue The prologue containing a scene of Leck mind raping Bitterblue and her mother is in my opinion the best piece of Cashore's writing horrifying and affectingWe also meet uite a few characters from the author's prior novels Many I am sure will be happy to see Po and Katsa again although they seem to be a lot animated than they were in GracelingAnd the last hundred pages where some secrets are uncovered and things start coming together are much pleasurable to readBut even keeping the positives in mind I can't say I enjoyed reading Bitterblue It was a challenge it was a struggleI am waiting for readers to review the novel to see if there are people out there who share my assessment of it or my reaction to Bitterblue is just a result of a severe case of readerbook incompatibility This book is a narrative about how colonization can fuck you over Starring a biracial and ambiguously ueer woman of color it follows Bitterblue as she tries to bring back the traditions culture liberty her dictator father took away from the country of Monsea Along the way she must come to terms the legacy of a genocidal terrifying monster as a ruler one who wiped away every detail of the country and replaced it with his own imagined world But she must also come to terms with the legacy of that monster being her father Never heard it pitched that way before? Me neither But I’m serious about this and I’m ready to write a serious fucking literary analysis here Good morning guys “But that's how memory works” Bitterblue said uietly “Things disappear without your permission then come back again without your permission” And sometimes they came back incomplete and warped So what is Bitterblue about you ask? Well I don't think it can be fully summed up In one way it's a mystery– Bitterblue spends this book trying to discover what really happened during her father's reign to both her people AND herself and what is happening now In one way it's a character journey– Bitterblue's journey of agency and growing up But in another way it's the journey of a whole world– the story of an entire country's journey to free itself from a legacy of colonialism and brutality I've seen many say they had trouble with this book due to boredom While I found this story incredibly compelling it should be said that the first half is somewhat slow And yes there are a multitude of sideplots in Bitterblue but here's the thing I think the book works because of the pace The slightly slow beginning of the first half is nicely offset by the slow build mystery and character development of the book and it completely pays off towards the second half And with all these different interlocking plots the book still feels tied together and coherent Why? Primarily because of Bitterblue's character Bitterblue is one of the realest characters I've ever come across She's not the type of fighter we tend to see in the role of a strong female character but also not the type of sweet and simpering character we tend to see in weaker female characters Bitterblue is clever manipulative and willing to fight for the people she loves yet is given moments of being reckless underconfident and petty This isn't a simple plot device; she's sixteen and the narrative both explores that and lets her be a character beyond it I also adore how her character connects the narrative; her inner conflict and outer conflict form a gorgeous mapHoooooo boy so I guess it's time to talk about the narrative now huh? Monsea’s dictatorship all but mirrors the legacy of colonial dictatorships It is a world in which a culture of openness a wealthy economy and a structure of living tested for years has been completely overturned by a despicable tyrannical leader and now the people of the realm must pick up the pieces And it’s all the frightening because of the legacy of Leck as a monster who could cloud the judgement of others he has left the country’s old traditions all but forgotten This is something neither Bitterblue nor much of the country has any way of being aware of especially as the older generation has died out The country’s old culture of casual ueerness is something few are still aware of The architecture is forever changed Freedom of the press is nonexistent I've been sitting in front of a computer screen for around ten minutes because I truly do not know how to begin this review This book is so so deeply important to me in so many ways I've read very few books in my life that made me feel every emotion on the spectrum and this is perhaps one of the best This book is many things but above all it's a story of hope; a story of joy in the face of so much pain So let's sum it all up Butterblue features a cast of well written compelling side characters a hilarious appendix written by an actual character a cast that is around 70% ueer and 90% characters of color a fucking glorious slow burn mystery a fucking glorious character arc for a young woman in a tight space and a narrative around colonialism that sticks out in my mind to this day I cannot get past how much I adore this book Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Graceling fans prepare to be conflicted Fire fans prepare to be disappointed Because Bitterblue goes where Fire has already gone before and not only does this book not learn from Fire's few flaws it repeats them and makes than a few along the way too If you're an ardent fan of the first two books maybe you'll enjoy seeing Po Katsa and Fire again but besides that this book's too needlessly complex too poorly developed and just too longSo the main theme's the same as Fire's a girl dealing with the legacy of her dead father a dead father who's ruined her kingdom but Fire's just done so much better For one Fire's coherent there are just too many side plots in Bitterblue the politics of the seven kingdoms Bitterblue's advisors Saf none of them coming together that well so much so that it feels like the story's jumping from one plot to the next without any overall purpose or reason not in the sense that it's horribly disjointed but like everything keeps shifting from under you Part of it's probably because for most of the book Po and Katsa show up just because this is the seuel to Graceling not because they really need to be a part of the plot the same problem with Leck's role in Fire he just felt out of place with the rest of the book And Saf starts out interesting enough for a new character but after Bitterblue starts investigating her father's history he just doesn't show up nearly enough for a male lead while his interactions with Bitterblue end up seeming almost at arm's length And his ending I don't get it I don't even think it's explainedThat's another thing with this book the main plot revolves around the mystery of Leck's past and reign and to add to the mystery some things are overexplained alot of other things are left unexplained That's not always a problem I liked for example figuring out why Leck did some of the things he did from his journals how his time in the Dells explained much of his reign but other things just didn't make much sense Saf's ending again a lot of Po and Katsa's storyline the point of Lady Fire I thought Fire's role would be as a model or something for Bitterblue that they'd go into their shared messed up experiences with their fathers something deep but they never do just superficially compares the histories of their kingdoms Bitterblue does come out of it with a sense of how to heal her kingdom hope for the future that things could be great like in the Dells but I didn't really feel it not emotional too political with all the talk of pardons and new advisors And Leck's still the villain for the third book in a row while everyone else's the victim If this book is the last in the series how disappointingNow for all the Graceling andor Fire fans I haven't scared off with this review or new people who still want to give this series a try you should first two books are really good there are a couple of things to look forward to Po and Katsa appear a lot and though I don't think they're uite the same as in Graceling they're here Giddon Skye and some others as well Besides Fire's disappointing appearance look for lots of Fire references too The glass ceilings of the palace the three bridges over the River Dell the burial tradition of burning bodies Leck's sculptures and stories Katsa killing a rat with a different colored pelt Too bad little things like these happened to be the best part of the bookSo I wouldn't read this book as a standalone like I would Graceling or Fire it's not that great Not great as a seuel either but there's stuff to appreciate if you don't mind the overall disappointment view spoilerFull disclosure I'm one of the Fire fans who liked it than Graceling hide spoiler As it stands Bitterblue was a bitter disappointmentAfter the brilliance of Graceling and Fire I was really expecting a lot from the third novelBook 1 we explore the Gracelings Realm people with two different colored eyes have superpowers King Leck used his grace to take over the realmBook 2 we fall into the land of Monsters peopleanimals with unnaturally brightcolored hair have psychic powers In this preuel a young King Leck attempted to take over this realm but was kicked outBook 3we are back in the Graceling realm and followthe politics of King Leck's ex kingdom Really? Apparently soRoughly 8 years after King Leck was assassinated by Katsa Princess Bitterblue now 18 rules the kingdom But her kingdom is full of lies and deceit how can she tell fact from fiction when she has no idea where to even begin?Honestly not a huge fan of the third one it felt too long and boring to fit in with this trilogy I really wish Cashore would've went the route of book 2 and had created an entirely different land with different way of magiccreatures for this third one but alas that was not the case There were three main areas that ualified this book as a 2 star I could not stand 1 the memory plot holes 2 the age issues and 3 the lackluster side characters1 Memory plot holesMuch of the plot hinged on memory lapses a personal pet peeve and Bitterblue one woman crusade against them “But that's how memory works Bitterblue said uietly Things disappear without your permission then come back again without your permission I understand that this was a side effect of King Leck's grace but it was just so frustrating to read a whole book that consisted of that2 The Age IssuesThis is in reference to how old Bitterblue is 18 and how old she is treatedbehaved as 10 to 12Everyone surrounding Bitterblue is convinced that she cannot handle the truth and do their best to avoid telling her anything remotely ugly They lie about everything and anything often without any discernable motive But she's 18 in this book and their ueen When she demands the truth it should be given Period So much of childish antics and disregard for policy could be explained away if Cashore just bumped down the age3 The Lackluster Side CharactersMost of the subplot consisted of Bitterblue running around with some book printing peasants Literally Only one of them is graced and he doesn't even know what his grace isAfter the wild and wondrous characters from the first two I just felt so let down by the secondaries They were just too normal for such a fantastic series Audiobook CommentsRead by Xanthe Elbrick and no complaints thereYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading This book It was so wonderful and so sad at the same time The feelsI love this book so much Bitterblue got to meet Fire OMG ❤This is going to be one of my crazy reviews I am all over the place with my feels I love ueen Bitterblue so much And her father was that horrible man from the second book that I wanted a giant to stomp him into the ground He tortured animals people and woman I can't even people I CAN'T EVEN And at one point Bitterblue and her crew find some journals they have to decipher from old King Leck and it was not good not good not good Let me list my favorites 1 Bitterblue2 PO 3 Giddon4 Teddy5 Saf6 Helda7 Teddy8 Katsa9 Deathyou know what? there are too many just too many PO is Bitterblue's cousin and he can talk to you in your mind and he can read minds so to speak and he's blind as a bat but no one knows about it You have to read the book to find out about all of that There is so much going on in this book I'm not sure I can give it a proper review as I don't write proper reviews in the first place Bitterblue starts sneaking out at night and going to bars to listen to stories and such She hates being stuck in the castle all of the time Well she runs into Saf and Teddy They are thieves and Teddy is a sweetheart he gets hurt in the book and all of this stuff And Bitterblue falls in love with Saf and there are all kinds of problems when he finds out she's the ueen I mean you can't keep something like that from a handsome thief right? Wait that ending I just realized No I need another book to find out Is there a novella Oh Lord Anyway there are all kinds of conspiracies going on in the kingdom and people trying to kill Bitterblue and people killing other people and going crazy and committing suicide and it's just cray There are some really messed up and sad reasons for all of that though I mean this book Katsa and PO are together and they both love Bitterblue so much and she them They protect her and Katsa has taught her to fight and that helped since she had to kill a man trying to kidnap her Then they have this council that is going to go around and take out some miserable kings I told you there is soooooo much going on It's not confusing just to someone like me trying to write a reviewThere is a man named Death that is Bitterblue's librarian He's actually been around for many years and he was there when Leck was King until the King was killed Heh Anyway I love ole Death he's funny without meaning to be and I had the perfect picture of what I thought of as him but can't find it But I digress Death's grace was that he could remember every book or anything he ever read and he was in the process of restoring books from his mind HIS MIND PEOPLE Can you even imagine I loved his and Bitterblue's talks together though And then later on they made me cry Thiel and heck I can't think of all their names are assistants to Bitterblue and they were to Leck too so they are not right in the head Once again you have to read the book I loved Madlen she's a healer and she has a secret There are Hold and Hava they both have different graces You know I'm done trying to tell you all about the people in the book There are so many and it's just so good and they all play so many parts Let me throw in a few excerpts just because Holt said Bitterblue through gritted teeth I forbid you absolutely forbid you to climb into any window frames and look down wondering what would happen Do you understand me?Honestly said Thiel going to Holt and grabbing his collar then pushing Holt to the door in a manner that was almost comical as Holt was bigger than Thiel almost twenty years younger and enormously stronger But Hold just shrugged again making no protest Pull yourself together man said Thiel Stop giving the ueen frights Then he opened the door and shoved Holt through it Are you all right Lady ueen? said Thiel slamming the door shut turning back to her I don't understand anyone Bitterblue said miserably or anything Thiel how am I to be ueen in a kingdom of crackpots? ••••••••••• Bitterblue slapped him as hard as she could When he grabbed her wrists she kicked him in the shin then kicked him again until finally swearing he let her go You're a bully he spat out You're a brat she said I can't find the stuff I wanted to write about Death not real Death Death the librarian I didn't write down the page numbers There are things I want to add to the review anyway later on It's storming here so I'm just doing a uick crazy review in case I lose power again To be continuedPS I love this book ♥MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List If you know me at all then you know I have been DYING to read Bitterblue when I first heard about it I honestly couldn’t bear the wait This book was first slated to come out one year ago in April 2011 Then it got pushed to September Then The publishers pushed it even farther to 2012 I was seriously this close to exploding But it was okay I’m a patient person No really I am I’m no stranger to the agony a reader goes through when they’re literally shaking with excitement and anxiousness for a book that isn’t out yet and every day just feels like an eternity The only books that have trumped my feelings of agony for needing Bitterblue were the Harry Potter books But the Harry Potter books and Graceling and Fire don’t even have cliffhangers Each book wraps up rather nicely with just the promise of a new fantastic adventure in the future I’ve read books that have unbearable cliffhangers and I have to wait a year or to read the next book And that is pure torture You’ve all felt that But there are some books that I read like Graceling and Fire that have no cliffhangers but are just so dang good that my thirst for is fueled and every passing day feeds and fire to it until I’m nearly busting with it all So imagine my pure excitement when May 1 FINALLY was upon me and I was FINALLY holding my most highly anticipated novel since Harry Potter in my hands I’m sure I did a happy dance Accompanied with suealing mind once I was out of earshot of the bookstore It was a glorious feeling A feeling of pure joy I’m sure you’ve all felt that with a certain book and so you know what I was feeling Right then my world was perfect If I could just read the book I could die happy Then I started reading the book And as happened with Graceling and Fire Cashore and her witchery ways cast a spell over me and I became absolutely riveted my eyes gazing into the book the words wrapping around me with their magic and taking me captive Now onto my review which as always with books I love so incredibly much is overlong because I just can’t reign in my love Bitterblue spoke of so many promises to me whispering to me beckoning me into Bitterblue’s strange world full of secrets and lies and hidden truths This book was one big puzzle with each chapter or scene giving me a piece to the puzzle I love puzzles and so when I find a book that has mystery and lots of uestions and gives me little by little bits of information and I wonder what it could mean and my brain is trying to figure it out I become excited at the prospect of putting together a puzzle that the author has pieced together then broken apart and spread the puzzle pieces sporadically or strategically throughout the book so that I can put the puzzle together for myself Cashore doesn’t give you all the pieces at once and then puts them together for you She spreads them out to the very end and leaves it up to the reader to piece together the puzzle in your own time to find the connections if you’re looking closely enough The continual wondering and uestioning kept me interested and on my toes CharactersBitterblue was a wonderful incredible heroine She’s not a fighter like Katsa and Fire She’s uieter and does thinking before she acts She can certainly hold her own She was trained by Katsa of course she can But fighting isn’t how she takes care of her problems She’s a truthseeker She fights her demons by seeking the truth through reading and remembering and putting together her own scattered puzzle I loved the strength she had when remembering her father and discovering the things he did which threatened to tear her down She didn’t let that happen though and neither did her friends That’s one thing I loved Bitterblue’s friends who stood by her and lifted her up I loved her determination to save her kingdom from Leck’s influence Even eight years after his death his presence still lingers in the people’s minds and hearts He rooted himself so deeply that for some people it is impossible to root him out and be free from their inner torment Bitterblue believes that everyone in her kingdom is going mad or spreading lies keeping secrets She begins to feel that she can trust no one When bad things start to happen to truthseekers people who are searching for the truth about what happened during Leck’s reign and trying to right the wrongs he committed including the wrong’s done by people under Leck’s mind control Bitterblue puts all her effort into finding the answers finding the perpetrators and understand why they are trying to stop the truthseekers from doing their workCashore created the perfect bad guy I really really detest Leck But that is the point We’re supposed to hate Leck And we’re supposed to want to know what he did but at the same time shudder at and fear the truth That one part when Bitterblue finally realizes what her father did to gracelings and young girls I was shocked Disgusted Furious at this terrible man and his maniacal horrendous mind WorldbuildingCashore built a beautiful incredible world And though it all takes place in Bitterblue City the reader see’s the city through Bitterblue’s eager eyes We see the castle and the city come to life as Bitterblue discovers new things each day things she was too busy to notice We’re shown a world of magic and enchantment and wonder and stories A world of intrigue and deceit and lies and locked doors and keys leading into shocking truths and bright spots of realization We see how a mentally and physically destroyed city reigned by a tyrant who could and did whatsoever he pleased is struggling to pull itself out of its stupor and captivity trying to bring life and lucidness back into the minds of the people In the beginning Bitterblue spends so much time in the castle But then she starts to venture out into her city She sneaks out of her castle and starts to roam the streets and begins to discover secrets about her city that she never would have known about while secluded in her castle Wandering the streets she finds storyrooms Magical rooms hidden in the city where people tell stories and enchant the listeners Fantastical stories stories of Leck and Bitterblue and Katsa Tales of their adventures tales of Leck’s hideous nature Love StoryI enjoyed the little romance between Saf and Bitterblue It was slow growing and was beautiful but also burdened with lies and secrets Their romance takes a backseat to the plot The focus is not on the romance I love books that do that Where authors don’t put so much attention on the love story and then forget the point of the novel leaving the reader with an angsty romance and little to no plot I would much rather read a fantastic fantasy story with a stupendous plot and a little bit of romance then a novel that has the romance as the center and tries and usually fails to form a plot around that romance The romance in Bitterblue was done very well It added that perfect touch of romance that delights those readers who love romance in the books they read but Cashore put emphasis on the actual plot so those readers who aren’t uite romance fans will still enjoy the book I do think though that a little romance would have been nice I would seriously be overjoyed if Cashore wrote another book about Bitterblue and SafCashore did a brilliant job at connecting Graceling and Fire to Bitterblue As you read this novel you start to see and understand things you didn’t in the previous novels You see how Bitterblue has grown since Graceling and how what has happened in her life helps her as she strives to save her kingdom And Fire even comes to play a part Which I thought was fantastic So Bitterblue met all of my hopes and expectations and they were high let me tell you And now that I’ve read it the wait wasn’t that bad It could have been worse I suppose I guess I can forgive Cashore for giving me so much anxiety She certainly made up for it I can truthfully say Kristin Cashore is one of my favorite authors ever and I will wholeheartedly devour anything she writes Dare I hope there will be in the Graceling Realm? Actual rating 45 starsEgregious spoilers will be behind a spoiler tag but there may be a minor spoiler or two that I would not have considered a spoiler until there's a complaint So be warnedFirst Line outside the Prologue “ueen Bitterblue never meant to tell so many people so many lies”Cover Story I want to live in a place that reuires keys like this ClassyI like how the covers of Graceling Fire and now Bitterblue tie in together They’re very matchy matchy while retaining a uniue look with a vivid color scheme and a significant item from the story the dagger; the bow and arrows; the keys I don’t care one way or another about the whispy transparent girl parts though I’m not sure why they chose to go with the lips on Fire’s cover but it’s YA so I suppose it’s reuired that we have a disembodied head or unfortunately close close upFive Sentence Summary The last time we saw Bitterblue she became ueen of Monsea at ten years old with the death of her father the psychopathic King Leck who had spent the past 35 years mind raping everyone in the seven kingdoms with his Grace Now 18 Bitterblue is still trying to repair her fragile unsettled kingdom despite the fog of uncertainty still clouding her own mind Worse she’s not sure she can trust the people she relies on to help run her kingdom for they are all damaged irreparably from their time under Leck Though her advisors want to pardon all crimes committed under Leck and never speak of the past Bitterblue is determined to be a “puzzle solver and a truthseeker” for the only way to heal her kingdom is to first acknowledge its pain But lies can be comforting and truth can shatter and as Bitterblue uncovers the past she must confront those who will do anything to keep it hidden Character ArcadeThere are truly a LOT of characters in this book an entire kingdom’s worth and and the familiar ones gain even depth and intensity while the new ones have full intriguing lives of their own Rather than go into every one some of which would be spoilers anyway here’s some of my favoritesBitterblue I will have to reread both books but I do believe that Bitterblue has now supplanted Katsa in my mind though I still think that Graceling is my favorite novel She is prickly and defiant vulnerable ashamed prone to defensive violence and crying and above all deeply empathetic Her narrative was funny and emotional and self deprecating and it might just be me but it seemed like it had a particular cadence a properness to the style that was all her character Plus she’s always armed with daggers – how cool is that? I could stay in her head for books Katsa Po Readers will be happy that the dynamic duo returns in this book especially those who are interested in seeing how their relationship of “no commitment” works in practice They are super intense all of their emotions heightened and their love story is still one of those epic tales They accept each other for who they are but they do fight and make up constantly Po is in this book uite a bit than Katsa; he becomes of friend and sounding board for Bitterblue while Katsa is a beloved but still awe inspiring figure for BitterblueGiddon It actually took me a while to remember Giddon from Graceling mostly because he didn’t stand out much in that story and here he has a surprisingly strong influence He’s gone through a lot of changes grown uite wise and good natured and his mentor mentee style friendship with Bitterblue develops organically view spoilerI would not mind a romance developing there to be honest though I guess he’s a little old for her in some contexts he’s 27 she’s 18 Still they have great chemistry hide spoiler Bitterblue Graceling Realm #3 Kristin CashoreBitterblue is a young adult fantasy novel written by American author Kristin Cashore It is preceded by Graceling and FireIn a world where people born with an exceptional skill known as a Grace are feared and exploited Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises the Grace of killing Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck Now Bitterblue is the ueen 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 تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و پنجم ماه سپتامبر سال 2019 میلادیعنوان بیتربلو؛ نویسنده کریستین کاشور؛ مترجم زینب نوری‌فر؛ ویراستار محسن چراغ پور؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1398؛ در 534ص؛ شابک 9786226312929؛ موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 21متاریخ بهنگام رسانی 10041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی Whatever this book is about I want to read it Kristin Cashore has won my trust