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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
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Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Bitterblue was definitely an improvement from Fire, though not quite as good as Graceling (almost, though!). I loved seeing characters from Graceling years down the road, and also how Bitterblue had ... Read full review

Review: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)

User Review  - Holly Lawton - Goodreads

I was halfway through the book before I found it interesting. I stuck with it only because it was the last book in the trilogy. Graceling and Fire were much better reads. 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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