Today I finished Bitterblue, the last last book in Kristin Cashore’s Graceling Realm Series. I started on book one and read straight through. The series was great. Author Cashore managed to start a series very much like Tamora Pierce where every book is about the same land yet stars a new character.
In the first book, Graceling, Katsa rebels against being a tool. Graced with the ability to kill or maim anyone Katsa feels like that isn’t all she is good for. True to her feelings she finds that the world holds more for her. On her journey she meets people who are to be intertwined into the next two books.
The second book focuses on a kingdom Katsa only thought was a dream. The Dells is a kingdom of Monsters, creatures we know with abnormal colors and mind control. During the time period of the book the kingdom is on the breach of war, and the last human monster is the only one who can save it.
Bitterblue, the last book features a Queen that Katsa once helped aptly named, Queen Bitterblue. The Queen is taking over a kingdom that was previously ruled by a mind reader and is in shambles. It takes help from all of the characters from past books to get this kingdom where it needs to be.
The series is full of ever evolving secrets that keep the reader moving. It isn’t a book for the youngest teens but anyone old enough to know about sex who enjoys fantasy will enjoy this series. My one criticism being that at times Cashore seams to bring in modern day terminology and few things that just don’t fit with the time period but this goes mostly unnoticed.
Pick it up, read it, enjoy it.