Bitterblue

Bitterblue

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The long-awaited companion to the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

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 thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and 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 possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 37mm | 395g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575097191
  • 9780575097193
  • 14,910

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The long-awaited companion to the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

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 thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and 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 possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart . . .

Praise for Kristin Cashore
'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
'There aren't enough words to describe how awesome this book is' Romantic Times
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About Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore is an award-winning author in the fantasy and YA genre. She has an M.A. in children's literature and has lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, Sydney, Cambridge, Austin, Italy and even London before settling, for the moment, in Boston.
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Rating details

92,399 ratings
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"Bitterblue" is a well written, passionate book which will draw you in, fast. From the moment you open it (when you see the illustrations) it starts pulling you back into the realm of Gracelings. Bitterblue is a young queen who tries her best as a queen, and intends to make Monsea an enlightened country. But before any of her plans can spring into action, she stumbles upon some oddities which turn eerie. "Bitterblue" is a book that talks about the importance of truth and the past, because without it you cannot progress into the future. It is a heartening read about a queen who, above all, wants to save her kingdom's people. And if none of the above makes you want to take a peak and see for yourself what a great book it is, maybe those of you who read "Graceling" and "Fire" would consider it, simply because of recurring characters such as Po and Katsa.show more
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