Rae Carson – The Bitter Kingdom

The Bitter Kingdom

publisher: Greenwillow Books
published 2014
pages: 448


In the deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen Elisa travels 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. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy. (Amazon)

In (Very) Short:

+ the final installment and conclusion to the trilogy
+ reuniting with old friends and foes
+ fast-paced story

My Opinion:

Since this is the conclusion to a trilogy, I don’t want to go into too much detail since I don’t want to spoiler the previous books if you haven’t read them yet. Yet I might not be able to avoid them – so beware.

Elisa is now on her way into enemy territory with her trusted and some not so trusted friends. She not only uncovers truths about herself, the countries’ history and her enemies, but she finally becomes the Queen that some people never thought she could become.

This book was as riveting as the previous ones. I adored the dynamic between the little travel group, I also enjoyed the insecurity whether to trust a character or not, I also loved the story and surely the end.

The novel was fast-paced and kept that pace pretty good. The story world became even more complex and wider and I thoroughly reveled in the world creation, the magic system, and the queen’s council.

I was happy to be reunited with characters which I genuinely liked and I was also a little sad to let them go for good.

Bottom Line:

All in all, this was wonderful and satisfying conclusion to an exiting series with a great story world and likeable characters.


rating 5


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