Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore
This is a captivating and disturbing story. Bitterblue is now 18 years old and is the Queen of Monsea and her advisors have her occupied with useless paperwork so that she does not know the real state of things in her kingdom. Still suffering the repercussions of her father, the evil, sadistic King Leck, who had the Grace (ability) of influencing others to feel and believe whatever he wanted them to, her kingdom is in a shambles and Bitterblue herself is in danger. When she sneaks out into her city in disguise, she begins to discover the disturbing reality of what is going on, although there are so many puzzles, she finds it difficult to sort out what the truth really is.
The book is wonderfully well-written and spell-binding, but the descriptions of the cruel acts of King Leck are rather gruesome.
I enjoyed the book and it is a good sequel to her other two books in this series.