Young Adult Fiction
VG/A Cashore, Kristin. Bitterblue. Dial, 2012. 576p. 978-0803734739. 19.99.
Picking up 8 years after the events of Graceling, the sequel revolves around Bitterblue’s struggles as the Queen of Monsea. When Bitterblue starts sneaking out of the castle at night and meeting other young people, she discovers that she has been very sheltered and is not sure whom she can trust anymore. Her people are still recovering from Leck’s reign of terror and some people are determined to keep what happened in the past a secret. Katsa, Po, Raffin and others make appearances and there are some great new characters, including Bitterblue’s graceling librarian, Death (pronounced Dee-th). Readers should read Graceling and Fire first to really appreciate Bitterblue. The whole series is highly recommended. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve