The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson


Title: The Bitter Kingdom
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: August 23, 2013
Overall: 5 out of 5 


The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel 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





This was just a fantastic ending to an overall fantastic series! The Bitter Kingdom just sucked me in, and I realized how much I missed these characters. I reread the first two books before reading The Bitter Kingdom, and I’m so glad I did. There was never a dull moment in this series, and even the usual second book lull didn’t happen This trilogy was jam-packed from beginning to end.


I loved that everything moved at a quick pace, but I never felt like we were being rushed through. This is something that was very noticeable as I went into reading this final installment. So much happened from the first book, and as the third book went one it’s amazing just how much happens in The Bitter Kingdom alone.


Elisa grows up so much in this book, and she had already grown by leaps and bounds through the first two. I loved that she was strong, and that her mind was always moving and thinking. She was so brilliant and I loved how she was so logical even in the face of losing her kingdom and country. It’s so interesting to see how she interacts with Cosme and Alodia in this novel. She hasn’t seen them since the first book, and I loved how she puts them in their place. Elisa’s only thoughts are for her kingdom and Hector. I enjoyed how loving Hector meant that she had to make it into a strategic decision as well. I completely understood why and I loved that Elisa was brilliant enough to come up with it.


Getting Hector’s point of view was very nice, it was the only thing in the first part of the book I found uncomfortable. At first I really enjoyed it, but as the journey went on it mostly felt awkward. I loved Hector just as much in this final installment as I did in the first two. He was so supportive of Elisa, but also not afraid to act as the devil’s advocate.


Rae Carson did a fantastic job of creating this world, and I loved how well thought out it was. From beginning to end every tiny piece of the story is laid out. There is so many fine detailed layers to this plot, but it never crossed into being tedious to read. This is something that can be difficult in fantasy novels, and I so enjoyed how easy it was to read. Rae Carson made me care about these characters, all of them.


I reread the first two books before reading The Bitter Kingdom, and I can honestly say that this is definitely a series I will read again. These are my favorite kind of stories, the ones that I never want to get away from. It’s hard for a new author to suck me in and make me want these, but Rae Carson does it. There is no question that this deserves 5 out of 5 stars. The whole series is brilliant from beginning to end, and I can’t recommend these books enough.





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