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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: May 2012 ISBN: 9781101563182
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 René | 1/21/2014

    " Loved it! But warning - it deals w/ some VERY disturbing/sensitive subject matters that I feel were hinted at in Graceling, but taken to the worst possible expectation & beyond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/19/2014

    " Wonderful addition to this series. As usual, I am left wanting to know more. Perhaps there will be another book set in this world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 12/15/2013

    " Not as good as Graceling and Fire. Story dragged on at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Ruth | 12/8/2013

    " While the plot was a little slow, I was pleasantly surprised by the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/2/2013

    " Probably the best sequel I've ever read. Very unique way to do a sequel too. I love this author and I loved this book and series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ampersand Canada's Book & Gift Agency Inc | 11/22/2013

    " Finally! The third book in the Graceling series was worth the wait. It was the best book so far, and features my favourite crotchety librarian ever written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 10/18/2013

    " Bitterblue is much more believable as a slightly older version of herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/29/2013

    " Surprisingly good follow up to Graceling! Bitterblue is easy to sympathize with, and the twist towards the end works well. I was anxious to get back to it when other things called my attention away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/21/2013

    " a little slow. a lot interesting. and full of mystery. lots of cruelty left over. PG-13 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bookphile | 2/28/2013

    " I was really disappointed in this book. The last 150 pages or so were good, but the bulk of the book was so much dithering that it frustrated me to no end. I felt this book spent far too much time waffling at the expense of some strong themes. More complete review to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Sampson | 12/25/2012

    " 4.5 stars. I love Kristin Cashore's prose and imagery as much as I loved this story. So much to take in; such a complex storyline and characters. Kept me gripped until the end. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah T | 12/22/2012

    " I totally stealth read this awhile ago and loved it. Almost or equal to how much I loved Graceling. This series was probably one of my top 3 discoveries for 2012. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regina | 8/15/2012

    " DISAPPOINTED IN BIG CAPS. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Coleman | 6/6/2012

    " This was my least favorite in this series. But I still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 5/6/2012

    " nice storyline "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare Costigan | 4/30/2012

    " Just read it, it's bloody good. "

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About the Author
Author Kristin CashoreKristin Cashore grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and has a master's degree from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. She lives in the Boston area. Her epic fantasy novels set in the Graceling Realm—Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue—are all New York Times bestsellers and have won many awards and much high praise, including picks as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editors Choice, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. In addition, Graceling was shortlisted for the William C. Morris Debut Award and Fire is an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner.