Series: Graceling Realm #3
Published by Firebird on September 17, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city streets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
Bitterblue is unforgettable—a gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance.
A young queen deals with the ramifications of her tyrannous father…or as my husband likes to say, the book about a kingdom suffering from PTSD. Review time!
I walked into this book prepared to love it. One of my all time favorite books is Fire (Graceling is just marvelous too). However, I left this book feeling very dissatisfied. The plot meandered from one point to another in a cumbersome way. The characters felt very two-dimensional, even the returning characters from previous books. The romance, such a strong element in her past books, was sub par at best.
This book dealt with a lot social issues, which I do not mind at all. However, the story (plot, characters, etc.) really needed to flesh out these issues or integrating them more fully into the story. The book had too many ingredients and not enough time to join them together as a whole.
Finally, the best part of the book was Death. Maybe I’m biased because he is a librarian, but he was the only really enjoyable new character to the Graceling realm. Can I have a book solely on him?
tl;dr A really disappointing conclusion to the Graceling Realm trilogy with depthless characters, world building issues, and a boring plot.