Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore is the third of her Seven Kingdoms trilogy, the first being Graceling and the second being Fire. I admit it: the only reason I read Graceling was because I was assigned it for one of my youth literature classes in grad school. It’s not that I don’t like fantasy–I love Harry Potter, for example–it’s just that I didn’t think I liked this kind of fantasy. The kind that takes place in some kind of magical kingdom or whatever. Generally, I much prefer books like Harry Potter or Holly Black’s White Cat–books where magic exists alongside our everyday, modern life. Well! Graceling was excellent. It turns out that sometimes I do like magical kingdom type fantasy books, at least if they’re as well-written as Graceling. I also thoroughly enjoyed Fire, although I was a little disappointed that it didn’t have more of Katsa and Po. If you read Graceling, you probably loved Katsa and Po too. Such a funny, clever, brave couple! I wanted more!
Well, Bitterblue gave me more Katsa and Po (yay!) and also more characters to love (and a few to fear). Bitterblue takes place eight years after Graceling (and this review will contain spoilers for Graceling, so if you haven’t read that and think you might want to–stop reading now!)