Teen Review: “Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore

In the third Graceling book, the story revolves around Bitterblue eight years after she was rescued by Po and Katsa. And even though it has been eight years since her father’s horrific reign, Bitterblue is still suffering the consequences. So many things are wrong, and as the story progresses, things become apparently worse. Bitterblue is kept busy with constant loads of paperwork from her advisors and is never allowed out of the castle to see how her city is doing. Bitterblue, in an attempt to understand what is going on and what her kingdom needs, starts sneaking out at night to wander the city. She finds that it is in poor condition and that people are still illiterate from the time of her father King Leck. So many things about her father’s reign are still not understood, and Bitterblue is determined to find out what really took place and why all of these bad things are still happening. As mysterious things happen, Bitterblue’s circle of trust grows smaller and smaller. Can she work out all of the puzzle pieces? I liked this book because it combined the first two Graceling books and brought a lot of elements to a close.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 17

"Bitterblue" by Kristin Cashore book cover

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