Review: The Bitter Kingdom

Aug •  1 •  2013

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Review: The Bitter Kingdom The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Published by Greenwillow Books on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Paragraphs Books
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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.

I can’t believe it. I can’t believe that it is actually over. After all this time of living in such a beautiful, fantasy world, the story is over. Did I like it? Heck yeah! It was awesome and gave me just what I needed.

Plot: The leaves off from where the last book  ended, so be sure you are caught up in the series. I really enjoyed the adventure of pursuing her kingdom, taking down evil people and of course saving the one that she loves. Every chapter is over filled with great plot twists and turns. No page is left undone. This story is very fulfilling in every way. Even when I got to the end, I made a sad face cause I did not want it to be over.

Love: I love this love. It’s definitely a love that is well fought for and well written.  The story did switch between Elisa and Hector point of views. I really love this. The reader got to see what both Elisa and Hector are feeling. To watch them fall in love and fight till their very last breath leaves me breathless. I adore their few stolen moments of clarity and peace. And despite all the things they do for each other, they still go out of their way to help others. These two are wonderful people who I was very happy to finally see happy.

Family: Things even work out for Elisa and her family. I’m glad that she met with her sister and got things back on track. Elisa in the end, created her own family by the friends that she cared for. Elisa has never failed to amaze me. She is a person I would want to be my friend.

Awesome and amazing, The Bitter Kingdom is a solid adventure. Riveting and exciting, The Bitter Kingdom is a diamond in a rough. Rare and momentous, The Bitter Kingdom is excellent.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Candace
    Aug 1, 2013

    I’m SO excited to read this! This is one my most favorite fantasy series. I know I’m going to be so sad when it’s over, but I’m anxious to see where things go. I’m glad you loved it!

  2. #3??? How did that happen? I’m still waiting to dive into #1! Gah! I’m going to have to move it all (all 3 now) up my wishlist! Fab review!

  3. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Aug 2, 2013

    I really loved this one too. I agree that there is almost no recap, and it took me a bit to get back into the story. But it was a great ending to a great series.

  4. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Aug 2, 2013

    Is it sad that I’m putting off reading this because I don’t want it to end?? I love this series so much!