Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms #3)
by Kristin Cashore
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
How did I not have THIS as my very first Waiting on Wednesday?! I have been drooling with anticipation for this book since FIRE, book 2 in this trilogy, came out waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2009 (us YA folks are spoiled with those “book a year” schedules lots of series are on, huh?). In all seriousness, though, GRACELING was one of the very first YA books I ever read and is largely responsible for sucking me into this wonderful world, so I have a particular soft spot for that book, and this series, and Kristin Cashore. I’m so excited for this book I could…I don’t know. Do something super-crazy! Plus, did you see that synopsis from the publisher? Oh baby! It sounds GREAT! I will read every word Kristin Cashore writes, and BITTERBLUE is up next!
BITTERBLUE is coming out May 1, 2012 from Dial.