THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
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THE BITTER KINGDOM

From the "Girl of Fire and Thorns" series, volume 3
Age Range: 13 - 16

KIRKUS REVIEW

A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders.

Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega—Elisa to her friends—has lost her throne, her bodyguard/nurse and her beloved (The Crown of Embers, 2012). All she has left is the Godstone in her navel, and it’s brimming with more power than ever before. Slowed by the need to protect a helpless child, trained in magic by a failed sorcerer, threatened even by the weather—she’s traveled so far ice falls from the sky!—Elisa knows her first priority is to protect her country from the invading Invierno animagi. The Inviernos, tall, fair-skinned and not-quite human, believe that generations ago, Elisa’s people came to this land and destroyed their magical birthright; now they want revenge. Despite the Godstone marking her as a once-in-a-century prophesied heroine, Elisa must save the day with her “only lasting power,” her smarts. This well-read girl spent her childhood studying warfare and international diplomacy and has the skills to lead both a war party and a country. Her foretold destiny is resolved with a marvelous and refreshing twist on literary tropes.

A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)

Pub Date: Aug. 27th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-202654-5
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2013




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