Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

 Katie has been in love with Rae Carson's Fire & Thorns trilogy since book one, what does she think of the finale?
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Over the last few years I have read a lot of Book 1s, and by the time Books 2 and 3 came along, I often had moved on to other books, content to never know how the story ends. Not so with Rae Carson's Fire & Thorns trilogy. Elisa's transformation from a royal pawn to the fearless queen proved book after book that none of these books were to be missed.
In the final book, The Bitter Kingdom, we find Elisa fleeing her country, hoping that in so doing she can save the life of man she loves and her kingdom from civil war. She is only now coming into the full powers her godstone bestows upon her, but even with this magic and the support of her loyal and brave friends, Elisa has a long and hard road ahead if she is going to succeed. There will be heartbreaking decisions to make, sacrifices to face, and danger around every corner. She has been chosen for greatness, but as everything falls apart and she is far away from her home, the nature of her fate becomes no clearer and it will be up to her--and not any prophecy--to decide the fate of her and her people.
If you read for romance, Elisa and Hector will not disappoint, but to focus on the romance alone would be doing yourself and this book a disservice. Ultimately, this trilogy is about learning to love yourself, not for your appearance or your position but for you. It also explores the complex nature of fear, sacrifice, and faith. Elisa doesn't have all the answers, but she continually asks the right questions, surrounds herself with remarkable people, and actively keeps striving even in the darkest of circumstances.
Book after book after book, Elisa never failed to remind me how much I love a strong, rockstar fantasy heroine. I'll miss having these books to look forward to every fall. Although I wouldn't mind reading a Storm/Alodia spin off someday...

 More to read:

Friday Lit Spotlight: Epic Fantasy for Fall

E-Only Spotlight: Shadow Cats by Rae Carson


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