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.
Kristin Cashore won me over with her detailed world building and endearing characters from her very first book. Bitterblue is equally as enthralling. I had trouble putting the book down, I just couldn't get enough. I finished the last page, turned the page and just stared in shock at the blank page. I wanted more! Though this baby was a good 500+ pages I desperately wanted more of Bitterblue and her friends. Of course our favorite pair of Graceling lovers are in this. Katsa and Po are definitely strong influences in Bitterblue's life, though we see more of Po than we do Katsa. And they're just as adorable as ever. A lot of other character's from Graceling are there as well, so it really made for a full cast. Of course there are some new character's as well. The two do-gooding thieves that Bitterblue meets by chance were absolutely lovable. Teddy was absolutely adorable. I just wanted to hug him ever time he was in a scene. And Saf was awesome as well. With his stunning slightly variated purple eyes. Oh yes, he's a Graceling. He's also a born Monsean, but has the appearance of a Leneid. And most mysterious of all, he doesn't know what his Grace is. Saf and Teddy steal back what has been stolen from Leck's reign. They make for unlikely allies for Bitterblue, and in Saf's case, an unlikely love.
Kristin did a great job of keeping the audience on their toes. As piece after piece emerges to the puzzle, more and more shit just keeps piling up. A couple of assassination attempts, secret rooms being discovered, and eventually Leck's own deep dark secrets emerge. She also did a great job of merging the Graceling world with Fire. I've always wondered what exactly she was going to do with that.
I really loved Bitterblue as a narrator as well. Both Katsa and Fire had been special with their Grace and Monster abilities, and Bitterblue is just plain old normal. I thought it might make her a bit boring in comparison, but she really was a strong character all by herself. For someone so young she has to make incredibly hard decisions that affect hundreds of people. She handled herself very well and was an amazingly determined, smart young woman. Really loved her.
So much happens in this book! It is truly a monster in thickness. I tried really hard to be as vague as possible but still give a good feel for the book. I hope I didn't accidentally let anything slip! It was truly a wonderful read. I hope this isn't the last we'll see of Bitterblue, Katsa, and Fire. I felt like the ending definitely left a lot of things open so I'm hoping for another book. *crosses fingers*