Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Review - The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)Title: The Bitter Kingdom
Author: Rae Carson
Pages: 448
Published: August 27th 2013 by Greenwillow Books 
ISBN: 9780062026545
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Description: 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. 

I Give This ...

After finishing The Crown of Embers, I didn't waste any time before diving into this final installment.  So much has happened since the first book that I had to know our final ending.  This book might be perfect, or so close you can't tell the difference!

Elisa has courage to spare.  She's willing to go deep into enemy territory to get back the man she loves.  The
Invierne in turn have a deep seeded history against the humans that took over their world.  They no longer have the connection to the Zafira, and they blame humans for that.  The bearers of the godstones get most of that blame.  And because of that, they have a particularly cruel reason for wanting Elisa.  I was floored to discover what it was.  Turns out they found a way to connect to the Zafira, but they need a bearer to do it.

But, Elisa is turning into the Queen I knew she could be.  She presents herself to the leaders of the Inveirne with the help of Storm.  Turns out Storm may be an outcast among his people, but he's still a prince.   Elisa makes a deal with the Invierne, but one that's not honored by all of them.  To save her kingdom she must travel through the depths of the mines back to the edges of her country.  A horrifying journey to say the least.  Here is were Elisa truly proved her weight in gold.  She makes statements, commands loyalty, and exerts herself in ways I didn't see coming.

But, she's not done yet.  Now she must travel back to the center of her kingdom and wrestle back control from the very people that should have been helping her.  Her band of misfits seem unlikely to complete all of the impossible tasks.  Because who really thought a handmaiden, an outcast, a one-eyed man, the commander of the royal guard, and a young naive queen could bring the entire world together in peace.  Of course you have to add in the misfit they pick up along the way.  I really did love Red!

I devoured this book.  It never stopped moving forward at an insane pace. It was just the right mix of everything plus that fantasy element that I absolutely loved! It ended in just the right way as well.  The only thing that I was slightly disappointed in was Elisa's true purpose.  It wasn't what I was expecting.  And in light of all that she accomplished, it was extremely underwhelming.  

I series that I will be adding to my highly recommended books!  I will keep an eye out for what the author does next!


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