It was a fun read for the most part and certainly kept my attention; I found myself making excuses to my visiting relatives in the evening so I could hole up in my bedroom and finish this novel in peace in my defense, it was Is this wrong and women are not more emotional? And so, without knowing it, I was planting the seeds. I was completely in awe of Graceling and Fire and can honestly say that there isn’t anything I’d change about them. Each book wraps up rather nicely, with just the promise of a new, fantastic adventure in the future. When she demands the truth it should be given. I found Bitterblue’s possible love interest, Saf, unlikable and petulant and his part in the plot’s trajectory irritated me. It started out really good, but half-way through I was ready for this book to start rapping up.

Bitterblue has that, it strives to be something akin to Megan Whalen Turner ‘s and Melina Marchetta ‘s fantasy novels these three authors appear to draw inspiration from each other’s works. On that note, I love reading fiction by feminist writers, Atwood never fails to deliver and The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favou First thing I need to point out is that I consider myself a feminist, even as far as to take an active role is such matters. View all 12 comments. Their only dislike comes from border squabbles. Anyways, reading Graceling was an underwhelming experience. The book really could have just been a novel 8 years after the story of Graceling, Bitterblue is queen and things are just not adding up in her kingdom and she is determined to understand would make her a better ruler. Katsa sat in the darkness of the Sunderan forest and understood three truths.

Those of you not familiar with the Teletubbies theme song, this might seem weird. It’s kind of incredible how human all of these characters are, how they never feel like plot devices. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. It’s a dream job, which is another way of saying that when I shop for work clothes, I go straight to the pajamas section.


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Then they have this council that is going to go around and take out some miserable kings. But then not only are we giving a sad view of a “strong” woman, as if that is the only way to portray a vibrant and intelligent female, we are also touting a weak and ineffective masculine image that indicates that no male can be resourceful or a leader or else he is preventing the girl from being who she ought to be free to be The book follows the story of a young girl Katsa who is graced with fighting and killing – or so it seems – and a young Prince named Po who is graced with fighting.

A hundred pages could have been shaved off and we wouldn’t be any the wiser. I completely agree with the idea that the girls should have been taught self-defence and self-sufficiency. Read more Read less. Is there a novella.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. I felt she did love him and show it, but I also felt she was holding a large part of her essential self back.

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Want lots of action in your fantasy 4. It’s a shitty trope in YA that “if you have sex you will get pregnant and die”. Po softens Katsa, and yet he understands and respects her.


Alas, Bitterblue is a princess, privileged in status, and again I find myself wishing Katsa’s power had reached out and perhaps seres the lives of others less fortunate for the better.

Being graeling and capable of making your own decisions is one thing Are you going to write more books for me, Kristin Cashore? And later on, she pulls her hood down over her eyes.

I think the book works because of the pace. Giddon, Skye, and some others as well.

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Overall, I have no idea of what i just read and I’m tired as fuck right now. And with all these different interlocking plots, the book still feels tied together and coherent. I don’t know how to explain it. I really wanted to love this book.

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The story is well written, with engaging, fun characters. View all 34 comments. As a fantasy and a book overall, there is no question that this book is a five star book.

Dec 07, Kellyflower rated it it was ok Shelves: It is original and inventive. If you’re an ardent fan of the first two books, maybe you’ll enjoy seeing Po, Katsa, and Fire again, but, besides that, this book’s too needlessly complex, too poorly developed, and just too long. The love story was just like wow. I really hated this author’s gracelinb style.