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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

If you really want to appreciate the fantasy book Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore I think it’s a must to read the first two books Graceling and Fire first. The fantasy series in the Graceling realm is centered on the young warrior Katsa and her journey to self-discovery. It’s a story for young adults but as usual there are many of us “not that young anymore” who loves an action/romance/magic mix with a youthful perspective.

Bitterblue is set eight years after Graveling and Katsa is now queen. But she’s only 18 years old and the endless stream of paperwork is taking a toll at her. She starts sneaking outside in disguise to be able to walk the streets of her city unnoticed. On her escapades she meets two young thieves who help her realize that the kingdom has been under a madman’s spell for too many years, and the only way to fix the wrongdoings is to visit the past.

I don’t want to say too much about what happens in the book but one thing worth mentioning (as Kristin Cashore has gotten some critic for portraying a man-hating Katsa) is that she falls in love for the first time. And as usual you’re in for a surprise or two when it comes to the way Cashore has chosen to write about sexuality. I find it refreshing and modern!

The book is very well written when it comes to the mystery and how they are uncovered and solved. Kristin Cashore gives us some unexpected twist and turns that makes it hard to put down the book. This is also true for the three books written about the Graceling realm. The books are not sequential in that they take place over a 50-year and each book sheds new light on the other two. In Bitterblue you can expect the main characters’ fate to interweave in a satisfying way. I think Kristin Cashore has managed to further construct a complicated fantasy universe that is easy to assimilate to with Bitterblue. Although I do understand if younger minds will find it a bit more complex than Graceling and not necessarily in a good way.

Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue is an exciting and truly enjoyable fantasy book about the search for truth. It offers us a rich experience with intricate characters and surroundings, and not to be forgotten, a bit of magic and romance (which in my mind is almost the same thing).

Happy reading book worms!


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