Bitterblue : Graceling

  • by Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by Emma Powell
  • Series: Graceling
  • 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Rick

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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- Joshina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited