The Bitter Kingdom (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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The New York Times‒best-selling series!

"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

In the deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen Elisa travels into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and ...

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

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Overview

The New York Times‒best-selling series!

"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

In the deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen Elisa travels into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—Elisa, teenaged Queen of Joya d'Arena and Godstone bearer, leads her small but fiercely loyal group of friends and protectors in pursuit of her enemies, who have taken Hector, the man whom she's finally admitted she loves. The journey takes her into the heart of the Invierno lands, where she discovers their terrible secrets. She also experiences loss, betrayal, and the pain of making impossible decisions, and she learns to trust her instincts, intellect, and magic. Elisa continues to be a heroine worth rooting for as she grows in both physical and emotional strength, and by the fairy-tale ending, readers will have no doubt that her newly formed empire will thrive. Supporting characters and setting are equally compelling. The fast-paced story is filled with action and violence, as well as a few sexual situations that take place mostly offstage. An altogether satisfying conclusion to an entertaining trilogy.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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.)
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.”
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.”
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.”
VOYA - Susan Allen
The final book in the Fire and Thorns series, The Bitter Kingdom picks up where The Crown Of Embers (HarperCollins, 2012/Voya October 2012) ends, with Elisa and her small band of allies chasing the Inviernos who captured Hector, Elisa's love. Bitter Kingdom is located in a cold, snowy world that sets it apart from previous settings and it is in this environment that the long journey to locate those that have taken Hector takes place. After the Inviernos are located, there are adventures that include cave scorpions, mines, and magic. Elisa has grown and changed tremendously by this point in the story, but her character continues to be pushed and tested. Readers will no longer recognize the chubby, self-loathing princess of the Girl Of Fire And Thorns (HarperCollins, 2011/Voya December 2011). As her outer body transforms into a strong, fire-tested queen, her inner person opens up to trust and love. Instead of the story being entirely from Elisa's point of view, a few chapters are told from Hector's and this helps with the character development of Hector and Elisa. The series' themes of acceptance, growth, and being true to oneself are solidly portrayed. 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. This title also can be read as a stand-alone. Reviewer: Susan Allen
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
In this final book of “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” trilogy, our young heroine, Queen Elisa must continue her trek through unforgiving terrain to save her beloved Hector and her homeland from multiple threats. Along the way, she learns more about herself and her magic through the help of her comrades. Every time the travelers accomplish one goal, at least two more arise, ensuring there is ample action to keep this plot-driven story going through each twist and turn. Rae Carson effectively uses both Elisa and Hector’s different viewpoints at the beginning, showing readers occurrences in both places before merging them into one. There is little character development in this title and it is recommended that books in the series are read in order. A young adult fantasy, the storyline and setting take the reader to a world where anything is possible. Fans of the series will enjoy this action-packed conclusion. Reviewer: Julia Beiker AGERANGE: Ages 8 up.
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: 9780062239181
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns Series , #3
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 14,507
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Rae Carson

Rae Carson is the author of the award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns and its sequel The Crown of Embers. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    I read both The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers

    I read both The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers earlier this year and I would have done pretty much ANYTHING to get my hands on a copy of The Bitter Kingdom. I was desperate to find out how Carson would wrap the series up and whether or not Elisa would fulfill her destiny as the bearer of the Godstone. The Bitter Kingdom picks up right where The Crown of Embers left off, and we are instantly thrust back into Elisa's world. This time, however, we do get a few chapters in Hector's POV! I think this was such an awesome addition (and not because I am a Hector fangirl) but because I think it's important that Carson details his captivity for us readers. Hector is such an important character to Elisa and I loved watching them cope with being apart and be able to jump right into his thoughts and see how he was faring while she was on her way to rescue him.

    When we first meet Elisa in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, she wasn't a very likeable protagonist. She lacked confidence in herself, felt inferior to her older sister, and felt the need to gorge on food to make herself feel better. However, after being married off and kidnapped, Elisa slowly starts to transform. After returning to the palace, Elisa is far from the same girl who was kidnapped. She has faced hardships she never dreamed of. She had to learn to survive on her own and not depend on someone else to take care of her. In The Crown of Embers, Elisa is still transforming into the woman she's meant to be. She now has a kingdom to run and has to face betrayal at every turn, not knowing who she can truly trust. She also sets out on quest to discover the true nature of the Godstone she carries. I love how unyielding Elisa becomes in The Bitter Kingdom. She vows to rescue Hector and makes decisions for the good of her kingdom and her people. Yet, she also manages to secure her happiness as well- which let's face it- she deserves! What I absolutely loved the most about Elisa was the fact that she learned to feel beautiful in her own skin. It doesn't matter what anyone else but her thinks and I think that really shows maturity on her part. Sure, Hector finds her beautiful, but what's important is that she finds herself beautiful.

    I also really enjoyed the friendships in this book. Elisa has such loyal friends who would do anything to assist her. They offer her counsel, but do not try to usurp her authority or try to take over. They are bound by their loyalty to one another and I was on the edge of my seat because I wanted everyone to survive and make it through. We do have a new addition in this book, a half-Invierno girl who Elisa and Mara rescue from an outlying village. She names herself Red Sparkle Stone and she really has personality. She is around the same age as the young Prince Rosario and her courage and bravery were really inspiring. She wanted to do whatever she could to help, no matter the danger.

    Once Hector has been rescued, Elisa makes the decision to go to the Invierne capital to see what she can discover there. Walking directly into enemy territory is no simple feat. But I've got to say, Storm really does shine in this book. Up until now, we always questioned his loyalty and there were certainly times in this novel where we wondered where his true allegiance lay. Storm has been shunned by his family, so he is not exactly welcome in the capital. However, Elisa realizes their best chance at peace is to come to some kind of a compromise with the Inviernos. Watching how she does this is absolutely brilliant. She eventually finds herself back in Basajuan where she meets with both Queens Cosmé and Alodia to discuss the fate of their country and their status with Invierne. Again, we see Elisa stand up and do what she must in order to obtain peace and I think her sister is quite surprised (and pleased) at the woman Elisa has become.

    Let's talk romance for a minute. Holy Hector and Elisa! I absolutely think they are the ultimate power couple. They complement each other so well and both would sacrifice themselves for one another. Elisa trusts Hector's judgment implicitly and she knows he would never withhold the truth from her or be afraid to question her decisions. She is certainly a little nervous about how Hector will handle the news that they are betrothed, and at first I really want to smack some sense into him! Crazy man. He got his act together though and I love their scenes together. Carson shows how a simple touch between these two means so much and how much they admire and respect one another. And I really appreciate that she doesn't glaze over the intimacy between Hector and Elisa- she handles it appropriately for the age group of readers and I'm happy she stayed true to herself and her characters and the choices they made.

    Overall, I think Carson did an excellent job of wrapping up such an epic trilogy and I loved watching Elisa evolve such a strong, self-assured woman.

    *Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

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    From desert to snow, Rae Carson has delivered an epic fantasy se

    From desert to snow, Rae Carson has delivered an epic fantasy series that encompasses dangerous terrain and is fully satisfying, gripping, and thrilling. Appropriately named THE BITTER KINGDOM on many levels, picking up the final novel for the first time left a bitter taste in my mouth. This book broke my heart--in all the best ways. Over the course of the series, Rae Carson has gotten better and better. Each book exceeds the last. Even her e-novellas have depth and merit, well worth your $2.99. Carson has become one of my favorite high fantasy authors, and I'm already anticipating a new series by her. I'm devastated that the series has ended; it's like I've lost a cherished best friend. The series ends on a high note, and if you haven't yet made the leap, I envy you. Seriously, I envy you. You get to read these amazing books for the first time. One of my friends is reading the first book now on my suggestion, and it makes me so envious. I seriously want to cry every time I think about the fact that I'm finished this series. I feel so barren without it in my life! Thank goodness for the ability to re-read!




    ****There are spoilers from the end of THE CROWN OF EMBERS in this summary, so if you haven't read it yet, please check out this review instead or of the first book, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS.****




    Elisa has come so far and changed  a great deal over the course of the series. She's gone from being a whiny princess who sits around and eats non-stop without a care in the world to a young queen willing to risk everything in order to protect her loved ones and an entire kingdom. With the way THE CROWN OF EMBERS ended, I thought THE BITTER KINGDOM would revolve around the rescue of Hector, and while it begins that way, it's not the true purpose of the novel. Characters continue to work together and aid one another in ways that make me admire Carson even more, and the plot is richer and fuller than I imagined it could be. Everything comes full circle, and while new questions are raised in unexpected ways (I would love a companion series centuries in the future that pick up on the fruition of Elisa's Purpose), nothing is left hanging. The resolutions are satisfying and make me both happy and sad--happy because the book is just so good, and sad because...this journey is over. I still can't quite comprehend that; I'm pretty sure I'm in withdrawal. I already need to re-read this series and have been sitting on the final novella!




    I don't want to give anything about the plot away, but it amazes me to see the way Carson opens up new characters. We explore villains and their motivations. We learn a bit about their culture. We have gone from steaming hot deserts to frigid, snow-capped mountains. The journey is more sparse this time around; you can tell in the lack of food description alone! Elisa and company have endured so much over the course of the series, and will suffer through even more before encountering destiny.




    Carson is incredibly gifted at writing. Small decisions become monumental and make you stop and savor/reflect, only to be followed by moments of humor to make the emotions dissipate. She is queen at playing with reader emotions. Elisa is such a strong female role model, and it's great to see a girl kicking butt and saving the guy for once--especially when he's okay with that! So refreshing. And Hector...how I adore Hector. He has to be a favorite of mine. When I re-read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS before reading THE CROWN OF EMBERS for the first time, I saw a hint of something, but I wasn't sure until later in TCOE...much as I was rooting for it to be the case. After everything Elisa has endured, she deserves happiness and true love, and Hector is just right for her. I've even fallen in love with secondary characters from the series, however, and it's like they've all become close friends. You understand what makes them tick and what they care about. This deepens upon reading the e-novellas, though they're not necessary to the main plot. I can't say it enough: Carson is superb at character development.




    There's a lot of gushing in this review, and little summary, since there are so many spoilers by now. I apologize. I love this series so much, though, and if you haven't read it or finished (Hey, I wasn't in True Love on my first go-round, either! Just in Serious Like) yet, you owe it to yourself to give the Fire and Thorns Trilogy a genuine chance...especially since you have a chance to win the whole series below!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Excellent Ending to a great Series! Thank you Rae Carson!

    Excellent Ending to a great Series! Thank you Rae Carson!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    FireWing nursery

    FireWing eggs are orange.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    This book rocked!

    I was please with it. It answered all my questions. Then, when i thought it could not get any better, some of it was in hector's pov!!!!
    I felt all the female charater were amazing. This is a great book for ya!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Warning to all young readers!!!

    This book has some sexual content and is highly dissapointing! :(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    great conclusion

    got everything I wanted all my questions answered and everyone got their happy ending definitely pleased with the entire series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Hated

    The first two books rocked, but this was disapointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Fab

    A wonderful ending to a brilliant YA trilogy.

    As a former high school English teacher, I highly recommend this trilogy. By far it is one of the best currently in print.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    The Great Adventure

    After almost being assassinsted by someone in her own court, Elisa has to go on the hardest and most dangerous journey in her life. When she trys to find the Zafira the gate of life and the lan of power she has to save the one man tha she loves with all her heart after he was taken by a traitor.
    Will Elisa find th land of power and gate of life and be able to save her one true love? Or will h die trying to get ti th gate of life? Or will sbe die by trying to save her true love?
    I recommend thus book to everyone! This is an amazing book and series and the ending of all three is amazing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    ...Reenelle

    Name; Princess Reenelle.. ;p


    Rl;13 almost 14. Rp; 17

    Looks; tall n slim.light brown skinned. Brownish black long hair down to my elbows. Big dark pretty eyes and smile.

    Personality; fun..(a bit cra cra...o.O...not even a little bit..o.o) xP sweet(haha. Sometimes xD) but I'm nice...I'm smart,tough,and don't take sh<_>it.

    Loves; jb,gummybears,fun ppl,boys,my mom and my friends :p

    Hates; Ross Lynch(wooh that boy know he ugly...o.o..) cake,boring ppl,sl<_>uts ..and @$$holes...

    Status;single..>.>

    Crush;...don't have one...yet ;p

    Anything else just ask me. I'm tired of typing so bloop...

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Amber

    I wanna b a princess. What do i do?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Princess kasiana

    We r at res 5 and there are only 2 princesses in this kingdom in which are alliyah and i

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Princescarsons

    Im 15 turnig 16. Im suppose to be the ext heir to the throne. Im about 5'2 long brown hair with blond highlights. Tan skinny by. Blue eyes. Ery pretty. Else. Ask

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Queen kiki

    Name:queen kikiana luna•••Age:27(i know im young arent i),rl:16•••Gender:female oviously•••Looks:long curly brown hair,and bright blue eyes•••Personality:i am kind and polite most of the time but i do have my cra cra moments espessially if someone messes with my children and friends••Clothes:im usuall always in pretty dresse with my crown•••Crush:i dont have one yet•••Boyfriend/husband:nope im single and ready to mingle•••Other:i have three beautiful children,if you want to know more just ask

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Good ending

    The ending was fullfilling, but at times long. I think the author built in too many different obstacles. I would have rather she spent more time building the suspense and had the characters face less rather than rush them through so many "adventures"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    very good story very addicting i read it all the time in school

    very good story very addicting i read it all the time in school my friends were practically yelling at me to put the book down
    it's very heart wrenching , and full of adventure , this story is not just about love but about how a girl finds a way to find her self through
    everything. and in the end sh comes out stronger than she was before.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

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    As series finales go, Rae Carson rocked it with The Bitter Kingd

    As series finales go, Rae Carson rocked it with The Bitter Kingdom. As heartbroken as I am that the trilogy has come to an end, I could not have asked for a more exciting, swoon-worthy, satisfying conclusion for these beloved characters.

    Admittedly, there were a couple things I didn’t love about the book and I’ll get those out of the way so the squeeing can commence. The first was the pacing. I just felt like the book should have been a bit longer. Carson is trying to accomplish a lot in the book, with three seemingly impossible conflicts that our heroine and her trusted band of allies need to overcome, and the resolutions to each seemed to be just a bit too easy and rushed. While I understood on an intellectual level that Elisa needs to accomplish these things quickly or lose everything, I just didn’t feel that sense of urgency or even the danger.  I would have liked things to have felt a little more tense and risky, as if there could have been a real loss, but that never happened, at least for me.  The second thing I just didn’t love was the inclusion of chapters from Hectors POV. Don’t get me wrong-I loved being in his head, but I did not like the inconsistency of the POV switch. Every time it happened I ended up disconnecting from the story for a minute because I wasn’t expecting it.

    What I did love about the writing was everything else. Carson has a talent for painting visually stunning scenes, using humor to lighten otherwise emotionally brutal scenes, and character building. One of the best things about reading this series has been watching her writing improve with each installment and seeing all the loose threads that were introduced in the first two books tied together in glorious ,and at times, shocking ways. The world-building is so complex, especially when it comes to things involving the Invierno’s, that I really did not want to leave it behind. There were also a few plot twists that I did not see coming and absolutely loved. My only complaint plot-wise was how anticlimactic a certain scene involving Elisa’s Godstone felt but really that’s an insignificant complaint when you consider how exciting and engaging the rest of the story is.

    The characters. OH THE CHARACTERS. I am incredibly attached to Elisa and her companions. Fully fleshed out, three-dimensional, and 100% lovable, they feel like old friends and saying goodbye to them was bittersweet.  I will miss them but I loved seeing their story come to a close with plenty left to wonder about. Elisa is one of my favorite heroines of all time and I cannot gush enough about her character arc. She grew so much over the course of this series, from being downright unlikable in the first book to the fierce, take no prisoners, utterly brilliant glorious queen she is in The Bitter Kingdom. I love her strength and determination and the fact that she is always willing to make the hard choices, to sacrifice if sacrifice is needed. SHE’S WHO I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP. Mara and Belen continued to make me squee and have all sorts of feelings that I normally wouldn’t have for a secondary couple if the characters weren’t as well developed as these two are. And STORM. Storm is such a surprise favorite character of mine. He had so many wonderful moments in this book, and I wish that we could follow him on his coming journey. Carson also introduces a new character in this book, Mula, who is instantly lovable and added so much to the story that I didn’t even realize was missing until her special brand of sweet, fierce, hilarious, loyal, adorableness was brought in.

    Of course, the crowing glory of the book, and really the series in general, is Hector. As one of my favorite bloggers, Gillian from Writer of Wrongs put it, when I was whining on Twitter about trying to put my The Bitter Kingdom feels into a coherent review, “The Hector in the book is well-executed and Hector-y. The plot is Hectorful, overflowing with Hector, Hector, and even Hector.” While that is a totally legitimate review in itself, I just have to say that his and Elisa’s relationship is one of my favorites ever because their relationship development is so freaking realistic and believable and lovely. I swooned over every one of their moments together, and laughed. I adored the way there first sex scene was handled. I just want a Hector. That’s all.

    In conclusion read this book because it was full of adventure, fun, fierce women and Hectoryness.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    You won't be disappointed

    Amazing. I love this series, all 3 books are great. It transports you to a different wonderful world. And best of all, the love story...Great. Perfect. Rae Carson is a great author.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Great ending to the trilogy

    I couldn't put it down

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