Monday, March 26, 2012

Up and Coming: Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

Through mysterious sources, Katie was able to secure a coveted ARC of Bitterblue! 
Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

There are many fantasy books about overthrowing an evil king or retaking a crown or fighting a noble war, but there are very few that look at the aftermath of these victories. What happens to a kingdom once the dictator is deposed? Does the happy ending begin immediately?

Bitterblue became Queen of Monsea when she was 10 years old and her father, the terrifying, mind-controlling King Leck was killed. In the subsequent 8 years, she has spent her time in the castle, trying to heal a broken nation with the help of her advisors by signing charter after charter. But questions and doubts begin to arise for Bitterblue as strange things begin to happen both inside and outside the castle walls. After a kidnapping attempt, Bitterblue decides to take matters in her own hands and explore Bitterblue City for herself. She is amazed to find out everything may not be as she was led to believe and the reach of Leck may not have ended with his death. As she makes friends with the townspeople, she discovers that those who seek the truth about the past are being mysteriously hunted, inspiring her own quest for the truth about her father, her mother, those who serve her, and herself.

Bitterblue is the long awaited sequel to the truly remarkable Graceling. Reading it is a bit like walking into a family reunion and a clandestine spy novel all at the same time. All the old characters we fell in love with the first time around are back, but this time instead of fighting battles with their graces and swords, they must use their minds to unlock codes, track down traitors, and begin to right the wrongs of the past. This is both a truly devastating look at the harm one person in a position of power can do to many and a redemptive tale of healing. Truly stunning, haunting, and taut with suspense, it is hopefully just a sign of what more is to come from Kristin Cashore.

Perfect for fans of Cashore’s earlier books, Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere books, or the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. 

See also:
What I Wish I Read: High Fantasy
Finnikin of the Rock, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Maps

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