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Add this book to the list of books that don't get the fame and fanfare that they deserve! Cashore's brilliance is sadly underrepresented in the world of teen fiction as she comes out with another fantastic tale, Bitterblue. The Seven Kingdoms trilogy begins with Graceling, where the stage is set in a beautifully written world. We are introduced to the concept of Gracelings, or people who have two different colored eyes and even more interesting talents, which with they are "graced". Next released is Fire, the prequel to Graceling, in which we see a slightly different world yet with just as amazing creatures. And finally comes Bitterblue, sequel to the first book, Graceling. In Bitterblue, worlds collide in the best possible way, and in more than one sense. Bitterblue became queen of her kingdom at a quite young age, succeeding her cruel father, whose horrendous deeds have scarred her kingdom for years past his death. She is now a curious teenager who discovers how much she really doesn't know about her own kingdom. Strange and dark events occur, usually involving a mysterious Graceling boy that Bitterblue meets during her late night adventures of sneaking out of the castle. And why are her advisers trying to cover it up? This mysterious, adventurous, romantic novel, though at times dark, seriously does not get the credit it deserves. Cashore is not necessarily known for writing blissfully happy endings, but she sure does know how to tell a story.
posted Aug 9, 2012 at 10:04PM
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Father dies; becomes Queen of Monsea.