Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
The Bitter Kingdom is a stunning conclusion to an amazing series. The ending was really unique and left the reader with more information than most authors give. Everything is resolved in a perfect, non-predictable way that leaves the reader extremely satisfied!
Series: Fire and Thorns Trilogy, Book 3
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
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.
The Bitter Kingdom is a stunning conclusion to an amazing series. The ending was really unique and left the reader with more information than most authors give. Everything is resolved in a perfect, non-predicable way that leaves the reader extremely satisfied!
In addition, Rae Carson finally included a map of Joya d’Arena and the surrounding countries in her book! All of Elisa’s complicated journeys are now clear and easily to follow.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quotation should be the motto of this book. Elisa spends the most time traveling to and from various places the first two books in the series, and The Bitter Kingdom is no different. The book opens with Elisa and her most trusted companions on the dangerous journey revealed at the end of The Crown of Embers. They travel deep into territories that take her closer and closer to the gate of the enemy and to completing her act of service once and for all. However, Elisa does a lot more than what God’s hand leads her toward, and becomes a better leader than anyone could have ever imagined she was capable of. Anyone besides her betrothed, Lord-Commander Hector, that is.
I also really enjoyed how Rae Carson changed her method of writing a little bit to give Hector a bit of time in the spotlight. A few of the chapters were written from his perspective, when he and Elisa were apart. This really helped strengthen his character and the reader’s understanding of their mutual love.
One of the few things I had a problem with was that Elisa seemed a bit too confident in herself in comparison to the other books, and invented many battle plans and ingenious strategies a little too quickly. However, my love of the developed characters and well-paced plot allowed me to quickly forget my slight discontent.
The Bitter Kingdom is my favorite book in this series, with an action-packed plot, many astonishing surprises, perfect romance, a great deal more magic, and the perfect amount of humor. I absolutely loved it!