Bitterblue

By Kristin Cashore
(Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803734739, 563pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“Cashore's third book is full of intrigue, conspiracies, and secrets. Queen Bitterblue's rule is shadowed by her father's legacy of pain, fear, and torture. Believing that the only way to restore her kingdom is to face the past, Bitterblue delves into forgotten histories, stories, and altered memories in her search for answers. Deliciously thrilling and full of twists and turns -- plus a little romance, of course!”
-- Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


Description

The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only 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, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.




About the Author
Kristin Cashore earned her master s degree from the Center for the Study of Children s Literature at Simmons College. She has been a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, and a freelance writer. Kristin currently resides in Florida, where her daily activities include walking along the St. Johns River.
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