Publication date: May 2012
Series: Graceling, Book 3
Things I Liked:
I've got to hand it to Cashore for creating a complicated, difficult, detailed book filled with depth and nuance. Nothing is easy, there are no simple answers, no neat ending, and everything is questioned. This is a deeply complex fantasy world with the cultures and history and geography to back it up - it totally reminds me of the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. I love how the characters are so complete with so much depth and realistic weaknesses. Also, she has some fabulous parts filled with crazy action and exciting and disturbing things going on. She has so much skill in creating complex, real, and believable fantasy worlds. I can't wait to see what she writes next.
Things I Didn't Like:
Really, though, I was bored through about 2/3 of the book. I got really tired of the confusing half-answers, non-committal replies, and Bitterblue's inability to do anything. There were huge amounts of the book where nothing happened and I really thought it was in need of serious editing. Also, I easily saw a number of things I wish Bitterblue had figured out much earlier (though some things obviously I didn't, which was nice). Glad I read it, wish it was shorter and tighter. And I still am really impressed with her skill as a writer.
Start with Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore
Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a very small handful
mostly implied, one scene
mostly just disturbing details from Leck's past
Overall rating: ****
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