Synopsis: In a world where a small percentage of people have an extreme skill called a Grace, King Leek's Grace allowed him to tell lies that everyone believed. When Bitterblue become queen at ten years old, she thought her father's murder meant the end of his violent, sociopath influence. She was wrong. Now eighteen and believing her advisers are overprotecting her, Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle at night to walk the streets of her own city, disguised and alone - risking her life as well as her heart. (from the back of the book)
Review: I was eager to read this, to return to this world, to these characters. Bitterblue is first introduced in Graceling - and many of those characters return. This didn't feel like another story in the world, merely a continuation of the same story begun in Graceling and continued in Fire. Bitterblue, as a character, felt real. She began the story unsure and lost, but grew into a confident woman, sure of herself. It was lovely to see characters from the other stories play pivotal roles and the new secondary characters were dynamic and flesh-out. While it is not necessary to read Graceling and Fire to read this book, I would highly recommend that you do.
Bookmarks: 8 of 10
Date Finished: 7/18/2013