I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
on August 27, 2013
Also by this author: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious
Series: Fire and Thorns #3
Also in this series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“Rae Carson has proved she’s a master and has shaken up the YA genre.”-USAToday.com
The epic and deeply satisfying conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.
“Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA’s best writers of high fantasy.”-Locus magazine
Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy.
I’m always sad to see one of my favorite series come to an end. I’m also usually scared they won’t end the way I want. That seems to happen often. The Bitter Kingdom was nothing short of an incredible ending to an incredible series.
The Crown of Embers left us all with our hearts in our throats. I didn’t know if I could survive the wait for The Bitter Kingdom! But survive I did, thankfully, because I had to see how Elisa and Hector’s story ended.
It was action packed from page one. It’s a testament to Rae Carson’s writing that I had a baby about 30% into the book and I was able to pick it back up about 2.5 weeks later and never lose an ounce of interest. I probably never would have picked any other book back up.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot since this is the 3rd and final installment in the series. I was just as swept away and in awe of Carson’s skills as I was with the other books, if not more. The whole book was just incredible. I know that’s not a very original statement, but that’s all I’ve got. There were so many story lines entwined. Just when I thought things couldn’t get more exciting they did.
To sum it up, The Bitter Kingdom was everything I wanted. This series is intelligent and utterly unique. Even if you aren’t a fan of fantasy you would find something to love on this trilogy. I’m sad to see its end, but I’m beyond thrill with how things turned out.