Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm, #3
Past Review from Goodreads:
I was torn between giving this book three stars or four stars. I settled on four stars because although the storyline was less than compelling to me, the care that was taken in telling Bitterblue’s story was commendable. Being the third book in the series following Graceling and Fire you expect a certain level of action that just isn’t there. But knowing Bitterblue’s station and where she is in her life, I understand that. The greatest triumph of her reign may never be defeating a great foe with a kingdom behind him or her, but overcoming her own fear of what her father did and pressing forward for her people.
Considering what we discover and that which is left undiscovered about Leck makes this read even better in my opinion. How can you explain what it’s like for each of these characters who’ve lived through the torture and mental brutality of this king? For most, locking these truths inside, is the only way to live with themselves today. And like Bitterblue, we as readers are locked out as well, perhaps wanting to know but knowing that sort of pain is not easily shared and when it is, it isn’t relief you feel but despair.
For Bitterblue’s sake I gave the book an extra 1/2 star because I followed her struggles, learned to care for her and genuinely liked her. But in certain places it didn’t quite feel like it fit into the previous books. Notably, Katsa and Po’s…behavior. I’m just not so sure these two would ever grow to act like they did. But in the end the book wasn’t really about them and I really liked hearing about what happened to Bitterblue.