Book Review: The Bitter Kingdom – Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom coverTitle: The Bitter Kingdom
Author: Rae Carson
ISBN: 9780062026545
Pages: 448
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Source: The MindHut
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Elisa, the seventeen year old queen, is about to embark on her most dangerous mission yet: to save Hector, the captain of her guard, her proposed fiance, and the man she loves, from the vicious Inviernos, the mortal enemies of her people. Somehow, she must find a way into enemy territory, using the opportunity to gather intelligence on the Inviernos and to try to understand what they want and how best to protect her people.

Snapshot Review:

The third novel in the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy finds Elisa working towards being an even better leader for her people. It can’t be said enough how great of a heroine Elisa is; she started out the trilogy being an insecure overeater who drowned her loneliness in food. She’s fought hard since then, becoming a strong and wise queen, but every achievement came with hard work and sacrifice. If you’ve been bemoaning the lack of strong female role models in YA, this is absolutely a book you should seek out. The plot moves quickly and decisively; Elisa takes risks she shouldn’t, but it’s understandable. She’s still learning how to be a leader. One of the most interesting aspects of The Bitter Kingdom is Elisa’s realization that she can’t save everyone and, sometimes, she has to make hard decisions. The ending is a little too neatly tied up, but Carson leaves room for another Elisa novel or a spin-off. Here’s hoping it happens: Elisa is, quite possibly, the best female character in any YA novel that’s being written today.

Other books by Rae Carson:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
The Crown of Embers

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