The Bitter Kingdom

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The unforgettable conclusion to The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy

Elisa is a fugitive. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. And her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight. But the champion must not waver. Elisa will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows ...

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The Bitter Kingdom (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #3)

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Overview

The unforgettable conclusion to The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy

Elisa is a fugitive. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. And her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight. But the champion must not waver. Elisa will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

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Editorial Reviews

Marie Lu
“What a conclusion to a spellbinding trilogy! The Bitter Kingdom cements Rae Carson as one of the best fantasy authors to grace the shelves. I love this series to pieces, and so should you.”
Beth Revis
“The perfect conclusion to one of the most brilliant modern YA fantasies on the market today. Readers will love this whole series, and while I didn’t want to leave Elisa’s world, The Bitter Kingdom hits all the right notes. This is YA fantasy as it should be.”
Horn Book Magazine
“This is that rare series in which each volume is better than the last. … An action-packed and thoughtful end to an ambitious series.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“This is a spell-binding book. It is not often that all three books in a series are equally enthralling. Those who love Tamora Pierce and Kristen Cashore will love the tales of Elisa.”
Publishers Weekly
The action-packed conclusion to Carson’s excellent trilogy opens hard on the heels of 2012’s The Crown of Embers: young Queen Elisa and her companions trek into enemy territory to rescue the man she loves, while a traitor back home attempts to overthrow her. Elisa’s journeys take her to the wintry lands of Invierne, where she hopes to destroy the source of the Inviernos’ magic and bargain for peace; to the Basajuan desert, where only her most audacious plans have any chance to stop the war; and home to try to regain her throne through wits and political skill. The plot takes time to gather momentum, but Carson moves the story along with terrific world-building and character development. She also tackles classic fantasy tropes, springing off into unusual and refreshing directions that reinforce her story. Elisa learns to wield the full power of the Godstone, but it’s her brains, courage, and ability to inspire people that continue to bring her success. Carson brings her series to an end with a thrilling climax, but readers will hope more adventures lie ahead. Ages 13–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega--Elisa to her friends--has lost her throne, her bodyguard/nurse and her beloved (The Crown of Embers, 2012). All she has left is the Godstone in her navel, and it's brimming with more power than ever before. Slowed by the need to protect a helpless child, trained in magic by a failed sorcerer, threatened even by the weather--she's traveled so far ice falls from the sky!--Elisa knows her first priority is to protect her country from the invading Invierno animagi. The Inviernos, tall, fair-skinned and not-quite human, believe that generations ago, Elisa's people came to this land and destroyed their magical birthright; now they want revenge. Despite the Godstone marking her as a once-in-a-century prophesied heroine, Elisa must save the day with her "only lasting power," her smarts. This well-read girl spent her childhood studying warfare and international diplomacy and has the skills to lead both a war party and a country. Her foretold destiny is resolved with a marvelous and refreshing twist on literary tropes. A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062026569
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 473,237
  • Age range: 13 years

Meet the Author

Rae Carson

Rae Carson's books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. She is the author of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling Girl of Fire and Thorns series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom. She especially loves to write about questions she doesn't know the answers to. Rae Carson is originally from California but now lives in Ohio with her husband and two teenaged stepsons.

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