Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Dial

Goodreads Summary: Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.

But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck's reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened. Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and it's only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle - curious, disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.

Whatever that past holds.

Two thieves, who have sworn only to 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, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart . . .
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Amazing. Another epic fantasy novel. But I was a little disappointed. A lengthy novel, I expected Bitterblue to include all the characters form Graceling and Fire. It kind of dragged. And some of them barely got a mention. Bitterblue was the main focus, which I liked and didn't like. But Bitterblue in general as a great book. I just thought it would be different. I did, very much, enjoy Bitterblue. Graceling is a great series, and definitely worth reading. I also recommend reading Bitterblue. I didn't love it, but it was great I certainly hope Kristin Cashore continues the series.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition: Paperback
Buy the book: Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of mystery, and tales of queens.