Book Review: Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

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In a world where a small percentage of people have an extreme skill called a Grace, King Leck's Grace allowed him to tell lies that everyone believed.

When Bitterblue became queen at ten years old, she thought her father's murder meant the end of his violent, sociopathic influence.

She was wrong.

Now eighteen and believing her advisers are overprotecting her, Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle at night to walk the streets of her own city, disguised and alone - risking her life as well as her heart.

It's been a while since I've read Graceling and Fire, the first two books in this series-like thingy (I say that because Bitterblue is the sequel to Graceling and the companion to Fire, but both books come together in Bitterblue.). Almost... two years now? So my initial confusion is understandable. Most of what I remembered was Katsa loves Po, Leck is evil, Bitterblue is queen. Yeah.

It was still great, because you don't really need any background information from the first two to read Bitterblue. It was a fascinating story of recovery from a monster so terrible that people don't want to remember.

Bitterblue's curiosity about her city was natural, and therefore I could sympathize with her. Kristin Cashore portrayed her insecurity so well - it was amazing. Although Bitterblue didn't have much personality as a character, her need for reassurance made her such a believable character that I immediately cared about her, which made the story so much more compelling.

Kristin Cashore is an awesome fantasy writer. Her description is sweeping and vivid, her prose elegant. About the settings, and fictional languages, and maps, and other various things - need I say more?

Bitterblue was a beautiful fantasy novel that I encourage you to read - just read the first two first :)
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