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(Graceling Realm #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,744 ratings  ·  857 reviews
Something is rotten in the heart of Winterkeep...

Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the
Paperback, 528 pages
Published January 21st 2021 by Gollancz (first published January 19th 2021)
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Donna Yes, there are references to other characters, but the story does stand alone.
Maggie There won't be a sequel, per se, but Kristin Cashore has mentioned that she's writing another Graceling Realm book from Hava's perspective.…moreThere won't be a sequel, per se, but Kristin Cashore has mentioned that she's writing another Graceling Realm book from Hava's perspective.(less)
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Lea (drumsofautumn)

1.) Graceling ★★★★★
2.) Fire ★★★★★
3.) Bitterblue ★★★★★

“It had taken her so long to give up that key, the key to her cage. But it was a cage that no longer existed, because she’d destroyed it, by herself.”

I have been a huge fan of the Graceling Realm Trilogy ever since I first read it after Bitterblue's release. The series means a lot to me because I discovered it right when I started becoming the reader that I am today and the series was something that so perfectly encapsuled all t
may ➹
immediately after I finished this book, I wrote in my notes, “god im. why am i literally about to cry I CANT DO THIS AGAIN i refuse to shed tears over the work of a white woman yet again NO” so that’s how it’s going

this was very good :’) rtc, 4.5 probably
30% DNF

Me and Kristin Cashore are through, going our separate ways, bye.

I didn't care for many things in this book: telepathic foxes, weird sea creatures, airships, sudden shift in worldbuilding from medieval kingdoms to industrial democratic countries, all simplistic and dull, characters described by how many partners they've slept with - these things maybe turn out to serve some valuable role in the story (although Cashore's "free love" message surely has been hammered well enough the last hun
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

I'll admit that I'm a bit hesitant about this...

Following along this trend of continuing older 2010's-era YA series: Shatter Me, Darkest Minds, Fire and Thorns, Hunger Games, Twilight and now Graceling ... I hope that this doesn’t ruin the love that I have for this series.
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Well, that was a huge surprise.

One thing I think I needed to say from the get go here is, well, this book should come with trigger warnings. It's heavy and dark and sad and devastating. It treats very difficult topics and the kind of things that are just a little too much and should never happen.

That being said, I think it did a magnificent job at showing Lovisa's journey and how all of that would, very realistically, be processed. Even if it's not pretty.

I was down right bawling my eyes out
h o l l i s
Woe, for I am bummed.

Lets start with the good : where this book really shines is the worldbuilding. While the world had expanned a time or two in the first three books of the Graceling Realm series, it goes even further in WINTERKEEP. That plus the in-book passage of time, and new problems, is what keeps this series feeling fresh and, particularly in the case of coming back to a series so many years after publishing what seemed to be the final book, makes it feel less like the cash grab we so of
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
shre ♡
Jun 06, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
2010 era authors are really keeping us going in 2020.
Lauren Don’tGoBrekkerMyHeart
*cries eternally*
This was soooooo good!

Okay something that I need to get off my chest immediately is that I'm tired of seeing people in this review section saying this is just another Midnight Sun or Ballad of Snakes and Songbirds (idk if that is even the correct title) because this is not like those books at all. I've never been given the impression that Cashore is writing this continuation as a means for more money because each book has only added to the lore in a bigger and better form. She's
Jan 17, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2021, tbr-2021
how... how did i not know this was HAPPENING until now???

first graceling reread in almost a decade, here i come!
Jul 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
authors need to know when to let their series end.
It's like all the authors of the previous decade have decided that this was the perfect time to come back into the spotlight.

First The Hunger Games, Twilight, Shatter Me, The Iron Fey, and now this?????
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Dial Books for this ARC chapter sample in exchange for an honest review

The Graceling Realm series is one of my all time favorites. I prayed & hoped Kristin would continue to write another book/series in this world, and I was elated when I saw Winterkeep was finally announced.

What I’ve loved most about this series so far, besides its characters, is it’s incredible world building. It’s been years since I’ve read Butterblue, yet when I read this chapter sampler i
The Nerd Daily
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

The Graceling Realm series came out when I had started high school (once upon a time), and I devoured each book as it came out. It’s unforgettable worldbuilding and riveting characters just hold you in place, and you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen next. Bitterblue, I thought, marked the end of the series until Kristin announced the arrival of Winterkeep, along with a whole new re-envisioning of the series covers. T
Sara the dreamer
This was, without any shadow of a doubt, everything I wanted.

How do I start talking about this book? It was complete perfection. Being reunited with some of my favorite characters was just so wonderful, and I couldn't believe that I could read more about them. Giddon, in this book, is absolutely delightful. His growth throughout the entire series is one of the most amazing thing I've ever read, and Kristin Cashore deserves all the praise for how well she turned a selfish, privileged male charact

You're gonna love it. I can't wait to read the final.
J.A. Ironside
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

There seems to have been a lot of doubt about this book in terms of why is it being added to the series now or at all? No doubt this is in the wake of Suzanne Collin new Hunger Games prequel and the Twilight Companion novel, Midnight Sun. I'm struggling to understand the negativity because unless the author seriously retcons everything, why wouldn't you want more of what you love? And if it did just encapsulate a moment you would
Nov 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review is ALL spoilers, so if you are a fan of the series and plan to read it, go to another review.

I had the opportunity to review this book from an e-galley, thanks #NetGalley, #LibraryJournal #SchoolLibraryJournal, #DayofDialogue, #DialBooksforYoungReaders

This book left me with the same questions I had about the earlier books in the series, but more so. Who is the audience for this book? The world building is ok, but the elements, especially the political elements that drive the plot, a
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the Gracing Realm series by Kristin Cashore.  Bitterblue in particular is a favorite character of mine throughout the series and so I was so happy to see that Winterkeep is another story that involves Bitterblue, years after she became the Queen.

It is time to explore an entire new land in the Gracing world, one with telepathic sea animals and blue foxes that bond with humans.  A place where the politi
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ya
Kristin Cashore writes fantasy at exactly the level that I prefer--where there's a note at the beginning saying that she's using days and months of the Gregorian calendar as a shorthand and we should just assume they're "translations" from whatever calendar they use in these fantasy countries. You know what? THANK YOU Kristin, I absolutely have no interest in learning fake fantasy months. (I'm aware that other fantasy readers are extremely interested in that level of fantasy, and to you I say: y ...more
Maris Bave
Full review on my blog: The Sea Writes

This one was well worth the wait. And it was so refreshingly easy to follow after struggling through To Sleep in a Sea of Stars for the past month.

Cashore’s original, brilliant magic is on full display in this one. As always, the setting is so real you could reach out and touch it. It has magical creatures (talking foxes and seals! Icosetrapus cyclops!), but it is also far more industrialized than the Dells or Monsea, ultimately feeling more like our own wo
Heather M
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
michelle (magical reads)
4.25 stars

rep: bisexual brown protagonist, brown side characters
cw: parental abuse (emotional, physical, gaslighting)

this was so good omg

original review:

i am LOOKING directly at it !
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 16, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
ayyy this cover is doing good things to my eyes
Though Winterkeep was not without its merits, maybe we didn’t need a fourth Graceling Realms book after all.

Going in, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Cahsore’s return to this series. It’s been a long time since the original trilogy concluded and I admittedly don’t remember it well (aside from the fact that I liked it very much). This one? I liked...less.

Though I don’t believe it to be notably longer than the other books in the series, it *felt* hugely overlong. It’s a slow slog punctua
Cori McCarthy
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
First of all, I want to thank Penguinteen for sending me this ARC through Netgalley! This was one of my most anticipated books of next year, and I am so excited I got to read it a little early!

Magical World-Building. Fierce Characters. Epic Romance. This book gives you all this and more! Winterkeep was such a magical read, and probably my favorite out of all four books in the Graceling Realm series! It was fast-paced with so many new characters that I found it hard to put this book down. I will
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Graceling series is my favorite series so you can imagine how excited I was about this book. Seeing familiar faces, meeting new characters and exploring more of the world is all so exciting.

Winterkeep takes place five years after Bitterblue. There has already been contact between the Royal Continent (aka Seven Kingdoms) and Torla where our main setting of Winterkeep is located. Torla is east of The Dells so the world has been expanded even more since Bitterblue. We have five perspe
Before reading: Omfg I can’t believe I’m alive to read the continuation of Bitterblue/Giddon in canon. 😱

After reading: Top tier pining. I made so many highlights it's actually embarrassing lolol.

We stan a healthy relationship built on trust, respect, open communication, and friendship. How lovely that my babies found such amazing partners who make them want to be their best self.

Other jumbled thoughts:
- Parental abuse and 'sins of the father' is such a recurring theme throughout the series.
Nope. Not part of the series. It is disgraceful for an author to try and pick up a series a decade later. Stop piggybacking on your old characters of which there was ONE graceling that made a brief appearance. There are telepathic foxes in this part of the world and that was about the only redeeming quality to this book. This book had tons of sex. An unnecessary and distracting amount. I think all but one of the female characters uses sex to drive the narrative. Have sex with this person that yo ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kidnapped queens and lonely girls; brave, sad men and stressed out foxes; airships and glaciers and a sad and lonely sea creature wrapped up in political intrigue. Gorgeous and compelling and my favourite read this year. Thank you to the publisher for copy in return for an honest review.
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
HOW AM I ONLY JUST NOW SEEING THIS??!!??!?! Bitterblue shook me to my very core. I need to immediately re-read.
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Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor's degree from Williams College and a master's from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. She currently lives in the Boston area. ...more

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Graceling Realm (5 books)
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  • Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
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