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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited companion to the New York Times best sellers Graceling and Fire is finally here!
Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue and her country were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen 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 35-year long spell of a madman.
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. And one of them, who possess an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart.
©2012 Kristin Cashore (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"This is gorgeous storytelling: exciting, stirring, and accessible." (School Journal)
"A WOW of a book. I HAD to know how it ended" (Tamora Pierce)
"Fresh, hopeful, tragic and glorious" (Kirkus Reviews)
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By Rick on 06-12-13

Best of the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy

What did you love best about Bitterblue?

The plot

Any additional comments?

This is easily my favourite of the trilogy. The first was action and a love story, the second was a love story with a bit of action, but this - this is adventure, intrigue, mystery, a love story (lets face it, it wouldn't be Kristen Cashore without a love story), and includes the most realistic response by fictional characters to trauma that I have read. It also has the longest denouement of any book I've ever read, with the story going on long after the climax. Overall the voice acting of the reader was terrific also, adding greatly to the experience. If you liked either of the first two books, you'll love this one.

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By Joshina on 09-04-14

Good for insomniacs

What did you like best about Bitterblue? What did you like least?

The start of the book was pretty good, I felt like I kept reading this book to find out more about Bitterblue's father and just to read about Katsa and Po too. It just seemed that the answers to questions were not given away easily and the ending was a bit odd and unexpected.

Did Emma Powell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did voices for different characters

Did Bitterblue inspire you to do anything?

Not really... Bitterblue, the main character just didn't really do much other than wonder around the castle towards the second half of the book

Any additional comments?

The first half of the book was great, afterwards it just went downhill and took me a very long time to finish

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By Annette on 07-08-13


What made the experience of listening to Bitterblue the most enjoyable?

It was great to see characters from the two previous novels once more, especially Katsa and Po. How do I feel about Cashore’s characters? Attached, as in I seriously hope she reconsiders the ‘trilogy’ idea and produces a fourth book, attached.
I really liked Bitterblue; she’s smart, kind, queenly and brave. I kept pausing to underline passages while reading. Saf was a wonderful ‘hero’ (he was PERFECT) and I am praying for a ‘five years later’ novella to appear one day.

Each book was better than the last… The fact that all three novels had endings to suit their characters, not characters to suit their endings, was a both a source of satisfaction and disappointment.

What does Emma Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Po's accent, omg, she made me melt! I wish this was a REAL accent!

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By Rebecca Rubens on 05-28-13

Seriously good...

I cannot say strongly enough how much I enjoyed reading this book, and what a relief. I'd just completed the Hunger Games series and needed another to stem the disappointment I'd completed them. Bitterblue was just what I needed, when I needed it. Within two week I'd listened to all three books in the series. This is defiantly my favourite of the three, I found the twists surprising and at no point did I guess what was coming. Well done Kristin Cashore. Are we likely to get a fourth book?

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By Lindie on 01-17-17

Beautifully Written Story

If you liked Kristin Cashores other books, you will love this one. A bit longer than the others, but it's needed for the amount of stories it tells. A bit slow to start, but once it gets going you wont be able to stop listening, and trying to figure out what's really going on. I absolutely loved it!

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By Stephanie on 01-29-16

Good book hard to download

What disappointed you about Bitterblue?

It was a good book. A bit long though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Either Teddy because he was so friendly and encouraging or Saff because ge was interesting and had a lot of depth although he was quite annoying he was very sensitive.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It had good story.

Any additional comments?

Audible made this a very difficult process because i had already bought the book with 1 credit but it did not download onto my books even after I refreshed it. I would suggest making books easier/possible to purchase in the audible app on IPhones. This happened to me with another book as well. Please make it easier to download and purchase the book.

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