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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25,413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kristin Cashore Narrator: Xanthe Elbrick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only 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, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both. Thrillingly imagined and beautifully executed, Bitterblue stands as a splendid contribution in long literary tradition.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Devastating and heartbreaking…those willing to take the risk will—like Bitterblue—achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Readers will gallop through [Bitterblue], eager to catch up on beloved characters and hopeful that the Seven Kingdoms can at last find peace. There are astonishing and sometimes heartbreaking discoveries.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “Cashore’s imagined world is brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Fans of…intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Teens
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katrina Froese | 2/17/2014

    " hated the end of this book, but the rest was fantastic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mike | 2/9/2014

    " One of the most painful books that I have read. Kristin must of set a record for the number of questions that were asked in a book. The sad part is that most of the questions were not answered. While Graceling was a mediocre read, Bitterblue was definitely a step backwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dhaivyd Hilgendorf | 1/30/2014

    " Love this young adult fantasy series. I will read any additions to it, should they be published. Great character development, themes, and depth of complexity as well as insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abigail Wen | 1/28/2014

    " I loved Bitterblue! I had read and loved Cashore's earlier books, Fire and Graceling. I have really enjoyed all the main characters - royal princesses and strong women who come into their own power as well as fall in love. "

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