Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling|Fire|Bitterblue (you are here)
Review Summary: Unlike Fire, this is definitely it’s own, very enjoyable story with unique new characters. I loved the first half at least as much as Graceling but the ending was very anti-climatic.
Although Bitterblue follows Fire in publication order, this book is actually a direct sequel to Graceling. Young Princess Bitterblue has taken over as ruler of Monsea following the defeat of her evil of father. Despite her advisers’ desire to forget her father ever existed, Bitterblue is doing her best to help her kingdom recover from his crimes. She eventually begins to sneak out of the castle on her own to learn more about the state of the kingdom. As she does, it becomes clear that her advisers’ have not been telling her the whole truth and may have ulterior motives for burying the crimes of her father’s reign.