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Dial Books, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 563 pages
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The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only 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, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

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Great writing, excellent character development. - Goodreads
The ending seemed rushed and incomplete. - Goodreads
Very thrilling plotline. - Goodreads
Very incomplete ending. - Goodreads
I liked the characters, the storytelling, the writing. - Goodreads
Not as much of a love story. - Goodreads

Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

I think think she does a poor job with all the loose ends in these books. The endings seemed rushed to me. However, I find the books very entertaining. Read full review

Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)

User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Great book, great series. She writes a story so well, seriously. Whatever she comes out with next, no matter what genre, I will definitely be reading it. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelorís degree from Williams College and a masterís from the Center for the Study of Childrenís Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Fire is her second book.

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