Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Read This: The Bitter Kingdom

The Bitter Kingdom
by Rae Carson

The Short Story
Elisa and friends are back for a final time to fight for her country, unite the people, and save someone very important to her. Along the way she learns more about the Inviernos, her godstone, and the prophecy that has been overshadowing her life. Also, adventures, travel (of course), and resolution.
This is the way to end a YA trilogy; authors take note.

Come for the....
example of how a series should end. I was in awe of how Rae Carson managed to include character growth, a complex world, perfect pacing, and believable resolution for everything that has built up over the course of the series. Elisa just gets better and better here. I loved that she became comfortable in her own skin, as a ruler, as the bearer of the Godstone, and as an individual. It was so rewarding to see how far she's come in the series. She's a great role model and a very interesting heroine. And the other characters grow right along with her. There's also a great balance between action and breathers, serious and silly, romance and scheming. There were new characters, and big reveals, and all the kissing you could hope for. But never too much of any one thing at a time.

And, there's actual resolution! I don't mind an open ending, but so many series lately have ended with basically nothing sorted out. That's not the case here, as people and problems from all three books come together and are dealt with. No one from the series is forgotten, and it was nice to see some familiar characters again. While there are a few threads that could easily turn into novellas (I would read a whole book about Red Sparkle Stone), there are no gaping plot holes from the story. I just enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish

 Don't Think About This Too Hard

  • Honestly, I've got nothing. This is how you write a book.

The Big Three:
Language: not an issue
Sex and Stuff: some kissing and more than kissing
Violence: people, magic, and creature violence, at a slightly higher level than the first two books
Just So You Know:
I received an advanced copy of The Bitter Kingdom from the publisher via Edelweiss. The Bitter Kingdom is available today!