‘Bitterblue’ lives up to its prequel

By: Mercede Kraabel

“Bitterblue,” a book by Kristin Cashore, is the sequel to “Graceling.” The book takes place eight years after King Leck’s death and Bitterblue becomes queen.  She tries to find a way to rule her kingdom, but she can’t. At night she sneaks out to the East City. While she is out, she meets two guys in the story rooms, and they start a friendship. Bitterblue meets a graceling who doesn’t know what his Grace is, but she finds it out later in the book. He becomes an important friend to her, but to them they think her name is Sparks and that she work in the castle kitchen.

She tries to rule her kingdom after her father’s death. Her father was a madman of a king. King Leck had a Grace and with his Grace, he could make anyone believe what he said. Even after his death, he still rules the kingdom. There are people close to Bitterblue that were close to her father that try to let go of Leck, but they just create more trouble.

I love this book! There is something about it. I think it’s that it’s a fantasy and an adventure book. I don’t know if I like this sequel more than “Graceling” or like it less. I guess I like both of them equally. Fantasy books are my favorite genre to read. I like other genres too. I don’t know why. I guess it because I love the idea of kings, queens and everything about kingdoms. I think it is because when I was little, I wanted to live in a kingdom.

Like “Graceling,” there are people who have special powers called Grace, and in “Bitterblue,” her friends Katsa, Raffin, Bann, Giddon, plus her cousin Prince Po, are in the book and also in “Graceling.”

There is also another book called “Fire,”  and it is connected to these two books: “Graceling” and “Bitterblue.” I think you should read “Graceling” first because if I haven’t then I won’t know about some of the people in the book, but you don’t need to read them in order to understand and like the books.

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