Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson - Paul's Review

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Title: The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3)
Author: Rae Carson
Year Published: 2013

My The Bitter Kingdom (#3) PRE-READING
My Girl of Fire and Thorns (#1) REVIEW
My The Shadow Cats (#0.5) REVIEW
My Crown of Embers (#2) REVIEW

Ashley's Girl of Fire and Thorns (#1) REVIEW
Ashley's Crown of Embers (#2) REVIEW

Synopsis: 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.


Review: Rae Carson is at the top of my list of favorite authors right now. She not only creates an amazing and interesting world inhabited with complex characters, but she does it in beautifully written prose. 
Romance plays a big part of this trilogy, but there is so much more that is bigger. Elisa is such a bigger person than just her love life. And she knows it. The evolution of her relationships from the first book to this one is done so well. 

There are so many great minor characters, some that we have known since the beginning and some that we don't meet until this book. And characters we know more about from the excellent novellas. Some of my favorite were Mara, Belen, and Red. 

Another whole subset of characters that I love are the locations. Carson did an excellent job making so many of the locations have as much depth as the minor characters. 

There were so many callbacks to the earlier two books. It made this book really feel like a conclusion to a trilogy. It was one story spread between three books instead if three stories back to back. 

It was so nice to see Elisa's growth from the start if the series. I loved where all the characters ended. You can really tell Carson put a lot if thought into each character's path. 

The godstones play their own part in this book. And we get to learn more about the Inviernos. We get to see them in their native lands with snowy mountains and the caves within.

One of my favorite scenes was when Elisa fulfilled her godstone's calling. It was done so well and I loved the implications of it. 

This trilogy is my favorite YA fantasy series. Everything about it gives me chills. You should definitely read this trilogy if you have not! I can not wait for Rae Carson's next book!!! I give this book a 5/5!!!


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