Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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.
Oh, how I have enjoyed this series! Bitterblue was no exception. While it might not be as action-packed as its predecessors, Bitterblue offers its own blend of magic, intrigue, and allure. Bitterblue is a young queen coming to terms with her past, while discovering that all she has come to know is a deception of the truth. I enjoyed the story arc of Bitterblue herself. She starts off as a coddled teen full of self-pity, then grows into a mature young lady who is willing to fight for her queendom, and right the wrongs from the past. Her quest for truth is a rocky one, filled with splendid characters...some well-known to us, such as Katsa and Po, and other's new such as Teddy and Saph. All I can say is that Cashore know how to weave on hell of a good story. I searched high and low, but couldn't find any mention of furthering the series. However, I also did not find a definitive statement claiming the series has come to an end. I do hope that Cashore keeps writing! It's worth the wait for the quality that she produces. If you haven't read this series, please so immediately! It is one of my highest recommend series of books!
“Only a person with the true heart of a dictionary-writer would be lying in bed, three days after being stabbed in the gut, worrying about his P's.”
Cover Art Commentary:
I love the cover of this book. The color is gorgeous. It goes along nicely with the rest of the series as well.