Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

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Kristin Cashore’s tight narrative style doesn’t mess around. Mystery, danger, and romance keep you engaged from the beginning.
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Enter the Graceling Realm and let it work its magic . . .

When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kngdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Bitterblue is unforgettable—a gateway to the Graceling Realm that braids together magic, memory, and romance.

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About Kristin Cashore

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KRISTIN CASHORE is a freelance educational writer who writes content for textbooks and teacher editions. She has written book reviews for "The Horn Book Guide, " and she has had articles published in "The Looking Glass: An Online Children's Literature Journal" and "Children's Literature in Education". Kristin received her master's degree in children's literature in 2003 from Simmons College, where she worked with Liza Ketchum and was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
Published May 1, 2012 by Firebird. 575 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by GRETCHEN RUBIN on May 11 2012

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 a long literary tradition.

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SciFi Mafia

May 29 2012

Kristin Cashore’s tight narrative style doesn’t mess around. Mystery, danger, and romance keep you engaged from the beginning.

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Book Harbinger

on May 30 2012

...there wasn’t a page of Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue that I had any complaints about; on the contrary, I loved every minute of it.  As its 576 pages warrant, Bitterblue is ambitious and epic – a worthy glimpse into what is only the beginning of a new chapter for Monsea.

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