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"Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both. Thrillingly imagined and beautifully executed, "Bitterblue" stands as a splendid contribution in long literary tradition."
(New York Times Book Review )

"A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight."
(BCCB (starred review) )

"Devastating and heartbreaking...those willing to take the risk will--like Bitterblue--achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning."
(Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

"Readers will gallop through [Bitterblue], eager to catch up on beloved characters and hopeful that the Seven Kingdoms can at last find peace. There are astonishing and sometimes heartbreaking discoveries...Buy all three volumes, in multiple copies."
(VOYA (starred review) )

"Cashore's imagined world is brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters."
(School Library Journal (starred review) )

"Fans of...intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue."
(Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
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review by . November 19, 2012
King Leck has been dead and gone for eight years. His deadly Grace--the preternatural ability that allowed him to influence people and control an entire kingdom--will never hurt anyone in Monsea ever again.      Crowned queen at just ten years old, Bitterblue is still haunted at eighteen by the ghastly legacy Leck left in his kingdom. Monsea is now filled with broken people and more secrets than she can begin to fathom. Trapped by the bureaucracy of running a kingdom, Bitterblue …
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