Author: Kristin Cashore
Series or Stand alone: Bitterblue is a Graceling Realm book , its a companion to Fire and Graceling
Suggestion: before you read Bitterblue read Graceling
Bitterblue takes place 8 years after Graceling (thats why I suggest reading Graceling before you read Bitterblue). Bitterblue is the Queen of Monsea so she’s supposed to know what happens in her kingdom right? Wrong. Bitterblue often finds that she doesn’t actually know what goes on in Monsea, she doesn’t know the hardships that her people have gone through. Bitterblue’s only source of what goes on in her kingdom is her advisers, who Bitterblue becomes less and less sure of everyday. You see Bitterblue starts sneaking out of the castle at night. She discovers story rooms, rooms in which people tell stories of Monsea’s dark past. Through the story rooms, Bitterblue meets Saf and Teddy, two printers. Saf has two different colored eyes which means he’s a graceling, someone gifted with a special skill. The only thing is that Saf doesn’t know what his grace is. The more Bitterblue goes out at night the more she finds herself drawn Saf. Bitterblue must uncover truths that others want to be left behind, and more importantly, she needs to be there for her people more than ever.
I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend this book to you if you like action, adventure, fantasy, and romance. To be honest I liked Bitterblue a lot better then Graceling. However, if you have not read Graceling then you can not read Bitterblue. Not only will you be slightly confused about the characters but Bitterblue spoils Graceling. Bitterblue is pretty much a giant epilogue of Graceling, with the main character being Bitterblue instead of Katsa.
*note this review is spoiler free, but if you want me to I will make a review with spoilers. If you read this book then you know we find out some things at the end*