Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

Goodreads synopsis: Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck’s death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck’s reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea’s past has become shrouded in mystery, and it’s only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle – curious, disguised and alone – to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

Whatever that past holds.

Two thieves, who have sworn only to steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart…

I wrote a review for the first part of this series (Graceling) a couple of days ago and now I’m writing for the last part, I skipped the second (Fire). When I read these books last year I didn’t enjoy Fire as much as the rest of them, it was well written, of course, but just not really for me. Maybe I’ll re-read it someday, maybe I won’t.

Back to Bitterblue now, I love this book so much! It’s feels amazing to read, sometimes my heart breaks and other times I can’t help but smile. It was very fun to follow Bitterblue nearly ten years after her father was killed and see how she tries to get the kingdom on it’s feet again. I appreciate how you understand how she feels and that she wants to live instead of just sit in the castle all day.

When she met Saf I couldn’t stop reading! He was so mysterious and an amazing character to get to know. I love him! I also loved that Katsa and Po came to visit Bitterblue sometimes, it made this book even better, because they are very special to the Queen of Monsea. Like the silings she never had?

There were some things I didn’t like in the book; it was too easy for Bitterblue to lie. She didn’t seem to have any problem with it at first. Maybe that’s what happens when you get everything you want?

The more I see and hear, the more I realize how much I don’t know.

Bitterblue

Teddy grinned again. “Truths are dangerous,” he said.

“Then why are you writing them in a book?”

“To catch them between the pages,” said Teddy, “and trap them before they disappear.”

“If they’re dangerous, why not let them disappear?”

“Because when truths disappear, they leave behind blank spaces, and that is also dangerous.”

Teddy

Every configuration of people is an entirely new universe unto itself.

Bann

“You’re crying.”

“I’m not.”

“Right,” he said mildly. “I suppose you got rained on.”

Saf

Favorite character: Bitterblue and Teddy

Original title: Bitterblue

Release year: 2012

My rating: 5

Goodreads rating: 4,00


För ett par dagar sedan recenserade jag den första delen i denna serie (Graceling) och nu den sista, jag hoppade alltså över den andra (Fire). När jag läste dessa böcker förra året blev jag inte så förtjust i Fire, den var självklart välskriven precis som resten av böckerna, men passade inte riktigt mig. Det gick att hoppa över en del i serien eftersom varje bok är fristående även om man förstår händelserna bättre om man läser alla böcker.

Tillbaka till Bitterblue nu, åh vad jag älskar denna bok! Så välskriven och underbar att läsa, ibland går mitt hjärta i bitar och andra gånger jag kan inte låta bli att le. Det var väldigt kul att följa Bitterblues liv nästan tio år efter hennes far dött och se hur hon försöker få kungadömet på fötter igen efter Lecks tid som kung. Jag uppskattar hur man förstår att hon känner sig instängd och som att hon vill leva istället för att alltid sitta vid kontoret.

När hon träffade denna Saf blev jag helt trollbunden och ville inte lägga ifrån mig boken! Han var en sådan tjurig, bestämd och fantastisk karaktär att få läsa om. Något annat jag ofta uppskattar är att man fick träffa Katsa och Po igen vid ett flertal tillfällen i boken, det förgyllde allt, eftersom de har ett väldigt starkt band till drottning Bitterblue. Som de syskon hon aldrig hade?

Det fanns några saker jag inte riktigt tyckte om i boken; att det var så enkelt för Bitterblue att ljuga. Hon verkade inte tycka att det spelade så stor roll. Kanske känns det på det viset om man alltid får allt man vill ha?

2 thoughts on “Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

  1. Rishika 17 May, 2020 / 19:14

    Great review! 😄 This series sounds so interesting and I’m going to try to get the first book on Libby!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Echo 17 May, 2020 / 20:45

      YES!! It’s one of my favorites of all time! I hope you’ll like it. (:

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