Friday, September 6, 2013

The Bitter Kingdom: Review


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.


In the conclusion of Fire and Thorns trilogy, Elisa travels into the unknown to save everything that she holds dear. Not knowing what is awaiting of her, she stays brave and determined, ready to do whatever it takes to save those she loves. She's not the uncertain girl in The Girl of Fire and Thorns anymore, and is ready to face her enemies. Fire and Thorns is about a girl going on a series of self-discovering journey, and it's quite satisfying.

The excitement is in every part of Elisa's journey, which is one of my favorite parts in this book. There's no boredom in her journey this time. It's finally safe to say The Bitter Kingdom is way more fast-paced than the previous two books because it starts right where The Crown of Embers has left off. It's hard not to like this book when it has a good start and a truly unforgettable journey.

I have mixed feelings about the ending though. It doesn't end with a bang like other series. On one hand I'm relieved that the excitement is spread everywhere in the book instead of concentrating on a scene or two. On the other I really want to see some real fights that we won't know if our heroine wins until the end. And honestly I really like a book ending with a ka-boom. But I admit that the ending ties all the loose ends indeed. Which is good enough, because I don't think I can handle an open ending these days.

Fire and Thorns is about a girl going on a unique journey to fulfill her prophecy and discover who she really is. It's a breathtaking journey if you look back. Although the whole story has obvious flaws, I think it's a series that fans of Throne of Glass will like to give it a try.

Rating: 8.5/10

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