The Bitter Kingdom

Book The Bitter Kingdom This book while technically perfect and a highly enjoyable read fell a bi

Book The Bitter Kingdom This book, while technically perfect and a highly enjoyable read---fell a bit short of my expectations. I've enjoyed the other books in the series, but I don't know...I can't exactly pinpoint it, but this book just didn't leave me completely satisfied; it just feels like I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. I said it was technically perfect, and I meant it. The writing is great, the plot is quick-paced, and action-filled; character development was well-done. It does have its faults, but they are minor, and they did not bother me too much. It just lacked...something.Or maybe I'm just having an off-day.This is a continuation of a series, and you do need to read the previous books. There is a lot going on in this book, guys. I hate to use the clichéd phrase "the action never stops," but in the case of this book, it really is true, and it is a lot of fun. Right off the bat, Elisa and company are on the run. There is no explanation of what was going on, we are immediately immersed in the midst of Elisa going in pursuit of the captured Hector. There is no slow moment; they cannot afford to lose any time at all. Back in their country, there might be an imminent civil war, and they are under danger from the Inviernos, so they have to rush rush rush; there is no time to waste.For a good 75% of the book, we are on the move, constantly traveling, through mountains and forests and bad weather, snowstorms, and---the mines of Moria!!!!! I giggled when we came across that scene, because it was so reminiscent of The Fellowship of the Rings, even if it's not that similar. Come on, traveling through terrible weather, and having no other choice but to take an alternate route through the possibly treacherous mines? Nevertheless, that was probably my favorite segment of the book...mostly because I keep drawing mental comparisons.New characters are introduced, but only a few, and they are all relevant. I really think the entire book was well-written, I was never bored, the party's actions and decisions are rational, the plot moved along at an easily comprehensible pace, and I really loved that the character all play a significant role in the events of the book. There are no extraneous characters here.I have one wee complaint about Elisa. In the previous books, she is plagued with self-doubt, and I loved watching her grow. I have always wished that Elisa would become a stronger character. Well, um, I have to kind of eat my words, here, because I felt that in this book, she is a little bit too strong, a little bit too perfect. It seems like such a stupid grievance, but while Elisa still has her moments of doubt, her moments of silliness, they are overcome almost immediately, as she grits her teeth and powers through it. The self-doubt is still there, but it is minute, because of her determination to just get through this. She becomes a little bit too much of a martyr, for my liking. And I KNOW, I KNOW that she has to make all these sacrifices because of who she is...I still kind of miss her weaknesses.What I do love about Elisa is---finally, her acceptance of her own body, her own beauty.“You look beautiful,” Alodia says.I startle at the compliment. Then I smile. “I’m beautiful to the one person who matters.”She nods. “Hector’s mouth will drop open when he sees you.”“I hope so. But I meant me. I’m beautiful to me.”The other characters, Belén, Mara, Hector, Storm, all feature promimently in this book as Elisa continues her quest, and they are truly essential to the story. I would venture to say that Hector is the weakest character in terms of character development, and to me, he was altogether forgettable, at times. If not for his status as Elisa's love, I don't think I would remember Hector much at all within this book. I love Mara and Belén's growing relationship, although I did want to bonk Mara on the head sometimes, for all her stubbornness.Of all the characters, I think I fell a little bit in love with Storm in this book...he plays a major role in the events, and his loyalty and devotion (that never crosses the line into love, no love triangle here, not even a hint of it, HALLELUJAH) to Elisa, as well as his own character development made him the most attractive character to me. I do love my haughty, stoic characters, who nurture a warm interior, and Storm is the personification of that. He just needs a good cuddle, really!I could have done without the addition of Mula as a side character in the book. I seriously doubt Elisa and Mara's judgment when they decided to bring her on, and I still seriously doubt their judgment after finishing the book. Given their mission, bringing Mula with them was a decision that felt incredibly unwise. She turned out to be useful, but they didn't know that at the time. It was a decision made from the heart, not the head, and there were too many ways that this choice could have gone wrong and bite them in the ass. A child has no place on a mission of such importance, and could only have brought them down.“Are you the commander?” Mula asks, squatting down near his head. He manages a nod as his eyes are drifting closed. “I’m Mula, but that’s just my name for now. Did you know that Elisa is the queen? She has a sparkle stone. She healed me because I’m her best slave. Want to see my feet?”I also found Mula incredibly annoying.I wanted less Mula, and more of another new character, Waterfall.The plot seems too much at times. There were so much going on in this book, that at times, some things felt really rushed. The last part of the book could easily be split into a book of its own; things were glossed over and events just resolved themselves too easily, for the sake of time and space constraints within in the last section of the book. I am glad that this series drew to a satisfying conclusion, but I can't help thinking this book would have been a lot better, split into two. For a book of this quality, I would not mind the wait.. The Bitter Kingdom am Kindle The champion must not waver.The champion must not fear.The gate of darkness closes.Elisa is a fugitive.Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero Elisa n Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will leadThe champion must not waver.The champion must not fear.The gate of darkness closes.Elisa is a fugitive.Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero Elisa n Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy s kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.But that is not all She has a larger destiny She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.Even of those who hate her most.. I write books about teens who must do brave things I m originally from California, but I now live in Arizona with my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make mostly smart choices I especially love to write about questions I don t know the answers to.. Popular Book The Bitter Kingdom Goddamn. Rae Carson, you are a genius. A genius among geniuses. If you only promise to write books that are this good in the future, I will raise a pedestal in your honor. No joke. The Bitter Kingdom is damn near perfect. Hell, it probably is perfect but since I'm too blinded by the perfection that is Hector, I'm unable to call anything else perfect in comparison to him. *swoons*Top 5 Reasons To Read The Bitter Kingdom. (In case you needed any convincing...which you HOPEFULLY don't because if you do, you are INSANE.) 1. HECTOR! As if there was a better reason to read this book. The Bitter Kingdom has a few glimpses into Hector's mind and what I loved about these were that they were short, concise, and yet carried so much weight in the story. The Bitter Kingdom is not a loud, in-your-face conclusion the way Clockwork Princess is. Quite thankfully, there is no endless drama and breaking of hearts and tears and useless epilogues. Instead, there is a slow, steady, and loyal burn of everything from trust to friendship to romance. The Bitter Kingdom is one of those conclusions to look back upon and smile; one that will induce a warmth throughout your whole body. It is simply so very sweet and true and the strength of the romance in this installment lies not with sexual tension (Carson teased us enough with CoE!), but rather with simple one-line statements that cause your stomach to flip and flutter. Furthermore, Carson doesn't try to additionally build the existing relationship between Hector and Elisa. Instead, what she does is portray them as equals and convey to us the strength of their bond. It's beautiful and will leave you grinning like a complete fan-girl or just sighing softly as you flip through these pages.2. Elisa. I just love this girl. From Book 1 to Book 2, we've seen her grow and change tremendously and it truly seems as if Elisa is at her peak by the end of Crown of Embers but Carson continues to push her, to test her, to see how far she can go and how strong she can become. And I love that. And, best of all, I love that she grows into her own in this novel without the guidance of the people she's always had. Without Hector, without Ximena, without Alejandro or her father or her sister, Elisa finds herself and becomes who she truly is, stripped away of all that. And it's more than a little marvelous to witness. 3. Storm! Honestly, the only other book I've read that features a close friendship between a man and a woman is Through the Ever Night. I absolutely loved the tight friendship between Aria and Roar in that book and I love the bond that forms between Storm and Elisa in this one. It's more subtle and Storm doesn't have the charismatic aura that Roar possesses, but I loved these two just the same, if not more. 4. Mara. Elisa and Mara truly grew to care for one another and become a support system for each other in Crown of Embers and while that continues, it also changes in this installment. One of the most egregious faults with this book probably lay in its subtlety of everything. From the romance to the friendships to growth, nothing is overly emphasized or stressed, rather being touched upon and intricately woven into the plot line. While this worked out perfectly for me, mostly because it felt so much more realistic and the development I wanted between the characters already had such a strong foundation, it might affect other readers a bit more. Doubtful, but it might. On the other hand, though, I truly appreciated the skill with which Carson wrote this piece. 5. THE MINES OF MORIA! YOU SHALL NOT PASS! Seriously, I'm not even kidding, there ARE mines in this book. Admittedly, when I first saw the mention of "mines" and "snow" and "mountain" all I could think about was Lord of the Rings and I was a little worried Carson would try to pull a Tolkien. But, thankfully, she doesn't and the adventure scenes in this are riveting, well-written, and covered with plot-twists. I love that The Bitter Kingdom finally reveals to us the extent of world-building in this realm, its past, its present, and tackles on so much more too. Very lightly, Carson touches upon more religious themes, but mostly she discusses different cultures, diplomacy, and co-existence. Like its predecessor, this novel contains a LOT of politics and political intrigue, full with Megan Whalen Turner-esque twists that will come barreling out of nowhere. And it is so, so good. If you haven't already figured out, The Bitter Kingdom is not only a must-read, it's a must-pre-order-now-and-make-a-pedestal-for-Rae-Carson-already read. In fact, if there are any qualms I have with this book, it is only that there wasn't nearly as much making-out between Hector and Elisa as I wanted. Granted, even if this whole book was just making-out between Hector and Elisa, it STILL wouldn't be enough, which just goes to show how unbelievably amazing this novel is. Rae Carson, you have my heart. Just don't go breaking it with your next series. Or making it weep for swoon-worthy guys like Hector. Honestly, my heart can only take so much "When will my Prince Charming Hector come?" longing.
The Bitter Kingdom Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson Apr , The Bitter Kingdom is not a loud, in your face conclusion the way Clockwork Princess is Quite thankfully, there is no endless drama and breaking of hearts and tears and useless epilogues. The Bitter Kingdom Girl of Fire and Thorns The Bitter Kingdom is the rd book in the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson I have really enjoyed this series The characters were dynamic and relatable and the story took interesting turns Some of The Bitter Kingdom Rae Carson The Bitter Kingdom The third book in Rae Carson s award winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns fantasy trilogy Elisa, the seventeen year old sorcerer queen, will travel into an unknown enemy s realm to The Bitter Kingdom Girl of Fire and Thorns The Bitter Kingdom is the rd book in the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson I have really enjoyed this series The characters were dynamic and relatable and the story took interesting turns Some of The Bitter Kingdom Fire Thorns Trilogy Carson, Rae The Bitter Kingdom is the rd book in the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson I have really enjoyed this series The characters were dynamic and relatable and the story took interesting turns. The Bitter Kingdom Books Magically enchanting, and wonderfully addicting, THE BITTER KINGDOM delivers an explosive conclusion that will leave you breathless and yearning for

  1. I write books about teens who must do brave things I m originally from California, but I now live in Arizona with my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make mostly smart choices I especially love to write about questions I don t know the answers to.

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  1. Goddamn Rae Carson, you are a genius A genius among geniuses If you only promise to write books that are this good in the future, I will raise a pedestal in your honor No joke The Bitter Kingdom is damn near perfect Hell, it probably is perfect but since I m too blinded by the perfection that is Hector, I m unable to call anything else perfect in comparison to him swoons Top 5 Reasons To Read The Bitter Kingdom In case you needed any convincingwhich you HOPEFULLY don t because if you do, you are [...]


  2. This book, while technically perfect and a highly enjoyable read fell a bit short of my expectations I ve enjoyed the other books in the series, but I don t knowI can t exactly pinpoint it, but this book just didn t leave me completely satisfied it just feels like I didn t enjoy it as much as I should have I said it was technically perfect, and I meant it The writing is great, the plot is quick paced, and action filled character development was well done It does have its faults, but they are min [...]


  3. HECTOR Hector has quickly become one of my favorite YA book boys I m not even sure what s so swoony about him, besides the fact that he s marvelous If you ve read the books, you know You just know Once he shaved that moustache, it was one big swoonfest every time he stepped into the scene.I also really loved the new setting in this book Girl of Fire and Thorns had a desert feel to it, and Crown of Embers had of a tropical thing going on But Bitter Kingdom is definitely set in a cold, snowy worl [...]



  4. You look beautiful, Alodia says I startle at the compliment Then I smile I m beautiful to the one person who matters She nods Hector s mouth is going to drop open when he sees you I hope so But I meant me I m beautiful to me This trilogy definitely holds a special place in my heart.The characters are so wonderful,especially Elisa who develops so much as a character and Hector who shows us what an unconditional love is.I ve never been prouder of a book character before as much as I m proud of Eli [...]


  5. This book This series Wow There are few books that have left me waiting anxiously for what seems like a long time to not end in disappointment I couldn t imagine, when I started this book, how it would all turn out I speculated and dreamed up my own ending while waiting to get my hands on this and for once, the book was so much better than anything I could dream up on my own.Very rarely do books like these end in a way that I thought was just darn perfect Usually there is something in the ending [...]


  6. Usual heroine You steal the man I love Well, I m going to cry in the corner for half a book, feel sorry for myself and then just do my best and try to get to you while being stupid once in a while to make the book exciting Elisa You steal the man I love Ha I will first get a backup plan for my kingdom and then follow you saving lives, yours included, being totally badass, relying on the intelligence of my beloved, and acting like a true warrior Seriously though When everything is taken from Elis [...]


  7. 4.5 Stars A fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy Elisa s character development was phenomenal She started out as this character with so much self doubt and fear and ended with so much confidence and bravery Elisa is one of my favorite female heroines of all time I had to take away 1 2 a star because I probably should have read this sooner It took me a little longer to reconnect with the story and the characters, but once I did I was just so engrossed.Also, I was just freaking swooning over Eli [...]


  8. I am queen of Joya d Arena and bearer of a living Godstone I kneel to no one Final books are always the hardest for me to write about It is the end, and I know that there wouldn t be any sequels and things will stay the way they ended At some point I am relieved how everything ended but some resolutions left me disappointed.The plot The crown of embers ended with Elisa and Co on the run They must save Hector, find out the truth about Godstones, and then Elisa must again prove to be the ruler of [...]


  9. 9 2 2017On reread, I m bumping this up to 5 stars The relationship is perfection Elisa has come so far from the shrinking violet we met in the first book, and it s awesome to see an overweight character a get a happy and loving relationship with a guy who thinks she s perfect as she is, b lose weight through running all over the continent as part of her story, but still talk about how her thighs rub together when she walks and how her arms are chubby and how her legs are now muscly but not skinn [...]



  10. I need this book like Bella needs Edward in a totally inappropriate, co dependent and life consuming way.2013 I want of my Hector now.After reading4.5 stars Incredible.


  11. A trilogy that started with superb worldbuilding and atypical characters in The Girl of Fire and Thorns and continued with court intrigue and an epic love story in The Crown and Embers deserved no less than a stellar conclusion It was with no small amount of trepidation that I picked up Bitter Kingdom into my shaking hands, afraid but eager to learn Elisa and Hector s fate In Crown of Embers, we left Elisa and Hector in a dreadful situation, apart and with far too many obstacles between them, wi [...]


  12. I m a good leader, but you re a great ruler I am strong enough man enough to be subject to you.I know that it took me long to finally finish this amazing trilogy but I don t regret it one bit It s always such bitter sweet sorrow for me when reading the final in a Fantastic read All the characters we great I will especially miss Storm, Elisa and Hector These three specifically made this read a roll coaster of gratifying pleasure I love Carson s style of writing and the lead heroine Elisa was amaz [...]


  13. Just finished 2 and ohGLOOOOB ___ HECTOOOOOR, OUR LOVE When everything was getting SO GOOD Oh, Rae Carson, you know how to push all of our buttons Thank you much Who s the damsel in destress now D


  14. Definitivamente uma das melhores s ries que eu j li at hoje A parte fant stica n o a melhor de todas, mas a protagonista maravilhosa Ela se desenvolve de uma forma cr vel e no final voc fica desejando ter a metade do autoconhecimento, perseveran a e intelig ncia que ela tem.O romance uma parte pequena da s rie, mas o mais equilibrado e bonito que eu j li em um livro de YA Os dois se respeitam como pessoas e amantes N o nada daquele esquema preciso te proteger , morrerei sem voc , blah blah blah [...]


  15. You look beautiful, Alodia says I startle at the compliment Then I smile I m beautiful to the one person who matters She nods Hector s mouth is going to drop open when he sees you I hope so But I meant me I m beautiful to me When I started Fire and Thorns I definitely did not expect it to become one of my favourite high fantasy series of all time, and yet here I am absolutely loving it The first book was enjoyable enough, it was the second two instalments that made me fall in love with all the c [...]


  16. After a bit of dragginess in the middle, this book redeemed itself with a worthy confrontation with the villain, and a perfect character arc and body acceptance arc for Elisa This is definitely one of my favorite trilogies.



  17. Before Reading This book can not come out any sooner can it I NEED IT LIKE A DROWINGNG MAN NEEDS AIR You all know where I got that from I ve got to wait till August After Reading I think sometimes when we find love we pretend it away or ignore it or tell ourselves we re imagining it Because it is the most painful kind of hope there is This is a very quick and horrible a review because I have procrastinated and I never want to right a review after I ve read another book said book being Anyway, he [...]


  18. 3.5 stars Spoilers Mostly enjoyed it, the action, characters and romance kept me hooked However, I was disappointed that the majority of The Bitter Kingdom was basically a long journey I hate it when a story mainly consists of a journey, I don t find it imaginative or particularly entertaining One of the best aspects of the series was the character growth of the heroine, Elisa She started off fat and useless and transformed into a confident leader It was refreshing to read a YA heroine who was a [...]


  19. This book was so good I think this was my favorite out of the whole series maybe I loved Elisa throughout the whole book and how she just grew into her own character I loved all of the friends she made along the journey too Honestly, they were hilarious and I couldn t stop laughing so much that I was starting to cry I seriously loved Storm throughout this book too and I was just wanting him and Elisa to get together throughout the entire book screw Hector Ugh Speaking of Hector, he was just so [...]


  20. 4 STARSI think sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we re imagining it Because it s the most painful kind of hope there is It can be ripped away so easily By indifference By death.Well that was certainly exhausting.Two things that this book is not but should be a videogame in the Final Fantasy tradition and the finale of a six or seven book series Unlike in Crown of Embers where I found the climax a bit of a head scratcher and the build up to it too int [...]


  21. 5 Stars Magically enchanting, and wonderfully addicting, THE BITTER KINGDOM delivers an explosive conclusion that will leave you breathless and yearning for From it s rich lure of fantasy blend, and it s thickened plot, to it s breathtakingly hypnotic romance, and non stop action and adventure, and magical background that solidifies this series to it s fullest THE BITTER KINGDOM was one hell of a finale that I am utterly satisfied with, but drastically needing I am speechless after reading THE [...]


  22. What a great seriesI honestly didn t think I would this in the beginning but I was pleasantly surprised with how this series turned out Even though it is tagged as YA this book is great for all age groups





  23. There s so much I want to say about this series because for two weeks it s all I lived and breathed, and honestly, my review is not going to do it any justice It s been a while since I ve been so thoroughly enthralled with a series, and I m so happy I gave the Fire Thorns books a try because this series is going down as one of my top 5 favorite trilogies Everything about these books was pure perfection from start to finish In fact, I thought these books only got better and better as the story pr [...]


  24. SERIES RATING AND SPOILER FREE REVIEW Book 1 The Girl of Fire and Thorns 4 STARSBook 2 The Crown of Embers 5 STARSBook 3 The Bitter Kingdom 5 STARS How to sum up this trilogy The Girl of Fire and Thorn has rich world building, adventurous atmosphere and remarkable character development Author also has great storytelling skills It is so nice to have in detail planned out plot without any plot holes or disruptions of the flow of the story To be honest, writing and story wise I have nothing to rebu [...]


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