Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

Cashore, Kristin
2012

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Reviewed: 2020-11-07
This novel takes place nine years after we last saw Bitterblue in Graceling. She’s now the queen of Monsea and wants to be a good leader, but she struggles to find her place and is overshadowed by the memory of her father who was the previous ruler. The conflict in this novel is more subtle and deals more with the politics of court. A lot of time was spent following Bitterblue’s internal conflict as she struggled between following her own instincts and whether she could trust her own advisors. I really enjoyed seeing the change in Bitterblue as she came into her own and began to trust her own mind and there was more character development with her than there were with the other two previous heroines in this series.

My only problem with the story was the love interest which felt forced. Although Bitterblue meets him early in the novel, most of their interactions concern Bitterblue’s discovery of how much she doesn’t know about her own kingdom. He helps her realize how much her advisors have kept from her, but none of this really connects with why, suddenly, feelings develop between the two. The novel would’ve been just as good without the love story between them.
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