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Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3)

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Set in the same world as her previous two novels, 'Bitterblue' picks up the story of the Seven Kingdoms six years after the events of 'Graceling'.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by Gollancz (first published May 1st 2012)
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Emily (BellaGrace) I think the important thing is that you read Graceling and Bitterblue together (they have the same characters in both books). I read them in…moreI think the important thing is that you read Graceling and Bitterblue together (they have the same characters in both books). I read them in publication order and now that I'm reading Bitterblue I can't remember how some of the Graceling people are.(less)
Mimim I had a couple of the same problems like you with Graceling, but still thought, it was a nice read. Fire was a tiny bit better, but still very similar…moreI had a couple of the same problems like you with Graceling, but still thought, it was a nice read. Fire was a tiny bit better, but still very similar (Mary-Sue-ish and so on). But my little sister had asked me to read those books, and I was in hospital and liked some light reading... I decided to read on.

Finally Bitterblue really got me. This book was so, so much better than Fire and Graceling. Here are the reasons:
1. No Mary-Sue. The mean character possesses no super powers, is not incredibly beautiful and often struggles with what to do.
2. There is a love story, but it's not a "love at first sight happily ever after most awesome love story ever". It is more what an actual teen love would be like.
3. It's not a simple fantasy action quest. The main pot is the process of overcoming a dictatorship and its cruelties some ten years after its end. I liked that a lot better and it had so much more depth.


It seems like people either like the first two books and hate Bitterblue because she has no WTF-colored hair and/or eyes. Those people say she is plain and boring and the book is too slow and lacks swordfighting (even though there is combat and action, but less). In turn, there are people who think the frist two books featured excessive clichés etc. and found Bitterblue surprisingly MUCH better.
From your question, you seem to have good chances to be in group #2. Have fun! ;)(less)
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Review (May 2012)

Five stars? Four and half? Quite possibly my favorite of the trilogy.

In running for best read of 2012.

Original Thoughts (November 2009)
I 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
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Tatiana
As seen on The Readventurer

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 norm.

After recently rereading both Kristin Cashore's earlier b
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Sebastian
Jun 03, 2013 Sebastian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, what is it with YA readers? Is it a prerequisite to be unable to understand how rating systems work? Has someone swapped your cocktail of Ritalin and Prozac for a Stephenie Meyer-flavoured drain cleaner Mojito? You rate a book once you have read it when you then have the opportunity to evaluate it. Once you have read the book you have the right to give it any damn rating you please because you have earned it. It's idiotic to give a book 5 stars before you've read it simply because it ...more
Mitch
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 more than a few more 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 long.

So the main theme's the same as Fire
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Erica (daydreamer)
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

Hades Pictures, Images and Photos

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 anxiousne
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Crowinator
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Egregious 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 warned.

First Line (outside the Prologue): “Queen Bitterblue never meant to tell so many people so many lies.”

Cover Story: I want to live in a place that requires keys like this. Classy.

I like how the covers of Graceling, Fire, and now Bitterblue tie in together. They’re very matchy-matchy while retaining a uni
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~♥*Marianna*♥~ (what stays is dry bones)
Whatever this book is about I want to read it! Kristin Cashore has won my trust.
~*~Hershey's Kisses~*~
For those who don't know. This takes place 6 years AFTER Graceling's time. And Bitterblue was 10 or 11 then, so she's date-able age now. I betcha there will be romance. And just to throw this out there, because I JUST finished Graceling and the feeling is still strong. I HATE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not really, it was fantastically written. I just wish the author would continue on with Katsa and Po, the fact she's leaving us hanging over a freaking cliff p
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Isabel
Jan 18, 2012 Isabel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I cannot wait for this book to come out! Contrary to popular feeling, I am happy Fire and Graceling ended the way they did; it leaves readers with the satisfaction that the romance wasn't for nothing and the character's feelings were real, and a sense of reality, of not know how each ended. Most of the reviews I've read that have been against Bitterblue being the main character, I have found that almost all of the readers feel this way because they want to know how Po and Katsa ended. Newsflash: ...more
Amanda
I really wanted to love this book. It started out really good, but half-way through I was ready for this book to start rapping up. When it did finally start rapping up, it just ended with ZERO resolution. There has to be another book coming or this will be a major flop.

The only thing I got from it was the extent of Leck's evil doing. We finally see how truly twisted and royally f-ed up he was. And that was pretty much the story. Bitterblue does do a little self-exploration, but we just barely s
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Sara Grochowski
I'll start by saying I'm a huge fan of Kristin Cashore's novels. I was completely in awe of Graceling and Fire and can honestly say that there isn't anything I'd change about them. I'm sure they have their flaws, but I enjoyed every last bit of each page, line, and paragraph. That said, my expectations for Bitterblue were ridiculously high. Sometimes, I'm worried to read highly anticipated novels: I don't want to be let down after all the buildup. Bitterblue, however, didn't worry me one bit... ...more
Katy
I'M SO SAD!!! I absolutely LOVED Graceling and liked Fire though not as much its predecessor, and I have been waiting for SO long for Bitterblue to come out. However, this book really dragged, and it was as mentally strange as the those whose minds are feeling the after effects of being warped by King Leck.

The biggest thing of all is NOT ENOUGH SAF. I know the book had more to do than just the romance, but it was disappointing how little he was in the book. And the end - I felt it was really unf
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Cinda
I read for an hour each morning while I work out. This was one of those books that made me forget I was exercising--and that's high praise. The author, Kristin Cashore, said she had trouble letting go of Bitterblue. I did, too.
tonya.
I should have done my reviews for Graceling and Fire right after finishing them, because now all I can think to write about them is I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, and WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO BITTERBLUE?

Bitterblue picks up (after a very creepy prologue) ten years after Graceling, when Bitterblue is 18 and fully stationed as queen of Monsea, struggling to find her place amid a kingdom just waking up from a 35-year sleep under Leck's rule. She is trapped under mountains of paper and the thumb of her adviso
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Adrienne Sandvos


I was so surprised when I started reading this book. I liked Graceling and liked Fire even more. I expected to at least like Bitterblue but I couldn't force myself. It seemed like Kristin Cashore took steps backward as a writer. It was jumbled, disorganized, and scatterbrained in the plot and I found most of the characters grossly underdeveloped. The romantic relationship should have just been left out because it was paid so little attention and it seemed so insignificant. It was not essential
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Kellyflower
Well I've finished it up and yes I'm disappointed. I think the readers that gave it the low ratings are right.
This was her weakest book.

Let me start off with things I liked:
- The drawings before each section & at the end of the book.
- The A Who's Who of the World As We Know It" section.
- Giddon
- Po

Here's what I had trouble with: **Spoilers**
- Bitterblue. In the first half of the book her actions and personality seemed very young. By the second half of the book she seemed bossy and I really w
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Sparrow
Oh, Kristin Cashore, I would trust you with my life. This series breaks my heart and patches it all back together again. This book was so different from the first two in pace, but somehow, and I say this almost reluctantly, that made the end more meaningful to me. I am all about editing in stories, and for the first half of this book, the redundancies seemed unnecessary and boring. But, I don’t actually think they are now. I think they had some purpose, though I don’t know that I could articulat ...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
I've been waiting forever!

I read Graceling and Fire before I ever started blogging. I fell in love with the world that Kristin Cashore created. Graceling and Fire are two of the very few books that I've ever read more than once. That list consists of Harry Potter, Twilight, Wicked Lovely, Graceling and Fire. That's how much I loved them. So, as you can imagine, I had high expectations for Bitterblue.

Bitterblue was a much different book than the other two. While Graceling and Fire are full of ac
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Victoria
I am lucky to have a good friend who is a bookseller who received an advance reader's copy of Bitterblue and gave it to me.

Graceling was really good. Fire was magical and still my favorite. But Bitterblue...Bitterblue is practically transcendant. I wish I could find the words to describe how it really made me feel. Cashore has developed into an author who is able to imbue so much character, feeling, and personality into her characters that I felt I was experiencing what Bitterblue was experienc
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Keertana
The first thing I am going to do after writing this review is take my copy of Bitterblue, hide it in some deep, dark recess of my attic where I will hopefully forget it exists, and pretend as if Kristin Cashore did not write a third Graceling Realm book. Perhaps I should start off by saying that I am a HUGE Kristin Cashore fan. I’ve re-read both Graceling and Fire so many times that I can give you a detailed scene-by-scene synopsis just as easily as the author herself. That being said, I’ve been ...more
Sally
May 01, 2012 Sally rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially fans of the preivous books in the series.
Recommended to Sally by: Eva was the one who recommended me Graceling!
10/10

Nothing I say here can justify how flawless and perfect this book was, and how much of an emotional impact it had on me. I literally cannot put what I'm feeling into words right now. It's like I've been waiting my entire life for this moment, for this one book that had everything I've always wanted to read about. My heart was crushed into a million pieces, and put back together again. I cannot get over how perfect the three books in this series were woven together in the end. It was literal
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Maerad
I don't get why everyone is so angry Bitterblue will be the main protagonist. I'm actually really excited, I loved Bitterblue's character in Graceling and I'm definitly excited to read about Po and Katsa from her point of view. Even though I know many of you aren't.

At first I was like most of you after reading Graceling, I wanted to know what would happen to Katsa and Po so badly. But now that I've read it again I can honestly say, I'm satisfied with the way it ended. I mean it's not like they
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Mike Mullin
Brilliant. 2012 is shaping up to be an amazing year for YA. This may be Cashore's best work yet; Green's The Fault in Our Stars is easily his best work, and BZRK is my new favorite Grant novel. I'm not sure how the year in YA could get any better unless perhaps someone unearthed a lost Cormier novel as good as The Chocolate War.
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
2.5

I gave 'Graceling' a 3.5 that I bumped up to four, so I'm knocking off a whole star for this one. (If you're wondering what I rated Fire, I didn't, 'cause I skipped it completely which I was assured I could do and I don't think I feel like I missed much by doing so.)

It's not that it was bad, per se, 'cause it wasn't. But it wasn't great, either.

Part of it, I think, is that while there are moments where Bitterblue shines as a character, and I like her personality overall, there were a lot of o
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Caitlin
I just finished Graceling minutes ago, and in a mad dash, I scrambled onto the internet to see if I could find a sequel to it. And here I end up with Bitterblue. I was fuming, absolutley furious that Katsa and Po were minor characters in this. I've always thought that the two were destined to be together, especially after they re-united in Graceling. But no! And in this sequel, they're not main characters? Their relationship isn't a main point in the story? Is Kristin Cashore TRYING to stop me f ...more
Christine Riccio
Moved pretty slow, but I enjoyed seeing how the kingdom/Katsa and Po are doing post Graceling. I think some parts could have been shortened, lengthy sections about decoding and puzzle breaking dragged on. It was at those points that I would put down the book or struggle to keep going. I loved all the new characters though, Saf was great.
Becca
There are two things I need to say before I write this review. The first thing is that I LIKED the book...I really did! The second is that I came in with high expectations.
I enjoyed Graceling enough to read Fire which I absolutely adored. I would have to say that Bitterblue is worth reading but is definitely my least favorite of the three books. I love Kristin Cashore, the world she has created, and I the effort she put into this book with the language and ciphers. However I felt like the book
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TheBookSmugglers
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

It has been eight years since the cruel reign of King Leck has ended, but the kingdom of Monsea is far from healed. Queen Bitterblue, now 18, has been ruling with the guidance of her trusted advisors and aid from her many friends - especially the Graced Survivor, Katsa, and the blind, mind-reading Po - and things in Monsea have progressed. Or so Bitterblue thinks.

While the immediate terror of Leck's madness has gone, his legacy of pain and cruelty remains
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Beth
3.5 Stars

Bitterblue takes place 9 years after Graceling, and Bitterblue is Queen of Monsea, a kingdom her father left damaged - aesthetically, structurally, emotionally. She's hemmed in by the duties of her castle, the demands of her advisors and her own inexperience, frustrated by her inability to affect change in her kingdom. Leck's particularly harrowing brand of malevolence creates a responsibility to repair the kingdom, but Bitterblue doesn't know how. If the horrifying prologue is any ind
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