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By The Bitter Kingdom, Elisa has no real idea what the deal is with god. She still prays and believes somewhat, but she's questioning. She no longer has that certainty that her way is right and is really seeking knowledge. Where before the series came off as dealing with religion, The Bitter Kingdom takes a much more theological angle, which I love.

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I minored in theology. So far as the cast goes, this is one of those rare books where I feel things but don't really identify with the heroine. Though I do have some commonalities with Elisa, we have never been able to bond. I respect her now and admire her, but we would never be best friends maybe because I'm plotting her death to steal Hector? Hector is everything fabulous, and other YA love interests should learn from him. He walks the line between protective and trusting perfectly.

There's a place for protecting your lady and a time to step back and let her get shit done, and he knows when to do which thing. My favorite characters are Mara and Belen, and they are both just the cutest. The Bitter Kingdom gave me a couple of new ships, and I actually would really like another book set in this world about one of them. I'm a little disappointed that Rosario basically didn't show up in this book, since the little prince is kind of important, but oh well.

I'm asking for more moppet? What has this book done to me and my values? Oh also, Red is an incredibly adorable moppet as well, and, yeah, she's the best, even if her name is straight up My Little Pony. The plot of The Bitter Kingdom meanders a little bit. There's a lot of journeying to one place and then hearing about a thing and needing to go somewhere else and OH HEY a plot point.

It's not a huge issue, but I also wasn't really all that concerned about the plot overall. You basically know what the endgame is and ride that train all the way around the theme park until it gets to the final stop. There was one part that was straight out of Lord of the Rings basically, which was a little bit ridiculous to me, but, again, not a major problem for me either.

Carson also took things a bit easily, with Lord of the Rings being a good comparison actually. The stakes are always really high, but she's not merciless to her characters, which I know some people love but I like knowing that anything could happen at any time. Only one aspect of The Bitter Kingdom seriously irked me. In The Bitter Kingdom, Carson throws in this huge world building twist, but doesn't really address it.

Anyway, Elisa and company learn that if an Invierno mates with a Joyan, their offspring will be unable to reproduce. These offspring are referred to as mules. Now, I seriously suck at science, but this immediately set off serious warning bells, because the reason mules, the product of horse and donkey sex, cannot reproduce is because they come from two disparate, if similar, species. Considering all of the racial themes in the series, this made me really uncomfortable, especially since the word mulatto, came from the same root word of mule. Now, it turns out the Joyans actually came to the planet and colonized it much like the Europeans came into the Americas, so they are actually not the same creatures, but I still feel like this is some really messy, sensitive subject matter to throw into book three.

I especially do not feel like enough world building was put into this, since apparently one or the other of them is not human but alien. This begs so many questions. It's a pretty cool twist, but leaves me feeling hyper-curious and not entirely satisfied with the world building. The audiobook versions of this series have been marvelous. Jennifer Ikeda does a fabulous job with the different characters all the way through. I'm not as thrilled with the casting of Hector, who sounds a bit too much like Kevin Spacey for any guy as sexy and hispanic as Hector is in my head.


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Still, he doesn't do a bad job. Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns series is one that I do think is well worth reading, even if it has always been varying degrees of problematic for me personally. The series gets better as it goes along, and features one of the best and healthiest romantic relationships. This last book in the series was a good book to finish it. I was surprised at where the plot went and the book kept me guessing.

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I liked the action and the larger presence the Inviernos had in this book and the additon of a few key characters. The pace was a little slow but what it lacked in pace it made up for in unpredictability in plot. Elisa was more confident in her abilities in this book and with Storm, she was able to do what she needed to do. I liked the split povs in this book and I liked how Hector played a more personal role in this third installment. I loved the ending and thought that the ending was great. This third book was my favorite out of the three and I thought The Girl of Fire and Thorns series was a good fantasy series.

This has turned into one of my fave series in the YA world. Star ratings in yellow are from our Staff Reviewers. Star ratings in green are reader reviews. Anyone can post a reader review, so post yours today! We have all sorts of YABC buttons for your website. Grab one here and link to YABC! FAQs Advertise Become a member. Editor reviews 3 reviews Overall rating. Satisfying conclusion to a fantastic trilogy The Bitter Kingdom begins with one of my favorite epic fantasy conventions: Was this review helpful to you?

Incredible What I Loved: User reviews 2 reviews Overall rating. Already have an account? Log in now or Create an account. Lizzy Spangler Top Reviewer View all my reviews Very Good This last book in the series was a good book to finish it. Duks Castro Top 50 Reviewer View all my reviews We meet up with our girl on her journey to come through on what she promised Hector, don't know? Go read the 2nd book. Is there a happy ending? Well I'm going to bust a dick move and not spoil anything or talk about anything that happened in the book. This was the perfect ending to an amazing series. She wrapped it up nicely and yes I shed a tear once or twice.

Wouldn't mind a little novella a few years down the road to see how my girl Elisa is doing. Do yourself a favor and go check this series out!!! We're featuring some of the hottest titles of the year--perfect for the book lover on your holiday list! Before we get to the reveal, here's a message from Erin: Before we get to the reveal, here's a message from Kate: November 6, Publisher: Read on for more about Isaac, plus a guest post, and giveaway!

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The second book stays my favorite , this one is on the second place. Elisa was the strongest character in this book. She almost didn't doubt herself and proved to be a true queen. But I missed the weaker Elise , the one who endured and suffered and won hard. It made her more human to me, not regal but alive. I still am proud of her and her accomplishments, but somehow power made her less interesting character. Though, most moments with her were still amazing and Elise is still one of the best female characters in YA for me. War damages different people in different ways; Hector taught me that.

King Alejandro became spineless and incapable. Perhaps this is my damage. Maybe I am numb to fear because I am broken. What I really loved about Elise, that she puts more trust in herself than in god now. Peace is such hard work. It takes way more effort to forgive than to kill. Poor Elise, imagine to be on a run almost for a year I am counting all three books in one ; it can be very tiring, especially when you always have to worry if this is a day when doom will finally catch up with you.

These are the kinds of decisions I hate. It seems my choices too often are reduced to a single question: How would I rather die? Falling to my death? He was strong and wonderful and protective. His relationship with Elise is slow-burning and intense and sensual. He brushes a strand of hair from my neck, and I shiver.

In the second half of the book Elise was way stronger than Hector. She and only she had to make hard decisions. Hector kind of dangled in the background, and I found that his personality dimmed , and there were other much more interesting characters like Storm. Oh Storm, you are my favorite. He's got a really good character development in this book. I have a serious crush on him.

Storm seems so careless on the outside but he cares and oh, how deep he cares. Let it never be said that you are not accomplished. In the afternoon, Storm suggests we make snowshoes. They glow when frightened.

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Their sting is painful and mildly poisonous but not usually serious. The problem is when they swarm. Multiple stings can be lethal. Really, every moment in Storm's company is a pleasure. If I would compare him to other fictional princes I like, it would be Nikolai from Grisha trilogy. I want a separate spin-off from Storm's POV.

I love the friendship between Storm and Elise. It started rocky but transformed into something really precious: Storm and I have gone from enemies, to uneasy allies, to grudging friends. I would never tell him so, but I am fond of him. Talking about the topic of friendship in this book , I'd say it has the best kind of friendship - the one that fought for through thorns with bloody fingernails: I look around at my companions. The gate of the enemy. None of you are required to accompany me.

I have no words, I always wanted a sister and what Mara and Elise have is precious: This book was great. Last books of the trilogies are not always fulfilling; often they are disappointing. Compared to them, The bitter kingdom is an amazing conclusion to an amazing series. But still, I can't shake the feeling that something is lost to me, something more; the ending did not make me as happy and filled with satisfaction as I'd like to be when finishing a series I really enjoyed.

Maybe it's me and everything is alright with this book, I don't know It is a highly recommended series from my side and one of the best fantasy YA I've read this year. Because it is the most painful kind of hope there is.

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3) by Rae Carson

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The champion must not waver. The champion must not fear. The gate of darkness closes. Elisa is a fugitive. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for. Even of those who hate her most. Hardcover , pages. Published August 27th by Greenwillow Books first published April 14th Fire and Thorns 3. Lucero-Elisa de Riqueza , Hector of Ventierra.

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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What was the bug that killed Waterfall? Brie It was called a Deathstalker. See 2 questions about The Bitter Kingdom…. Lists with This Book. Sep 29, Keertana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rae Carson, you are a genius. A genius among geniuses. If you only promise to write books that are this good in the future, I will raise a pedestal in your honor.

The Bitter Kingdom is damn near perfect. Hell, it probably is perfect but since I'm too blinded by the perfection that is Hector, I'm unable to call anything else perfect in comparison to him. In case you needed any convincing As if there was a better reason to read this book. The Bitter Kingdom has a few glimpses into Hector's mind and what I loved about these were that they were short, concise, and yet carried so much weight in the story. The Bitter Kingdom is not a loud, in-your-face conclusion the way Clockwork Princess is. Quite thankfully, there is no endless drama and breaking of hearts and tears and useless epilogues.

Instead, there is a slow, steady, and loyal burn of everything from trust to friendship to romance. The Bitter Kingdom is one of those conclusions to look back upon and smile; one that will induce a warmth throughout your whole body. It is simply so very sweet and true and the strength of the romance in this installment lies not with sexual tension Carson teased us enough with CoE! Furthermore, Carson doesn't try to additionally build the existing relationship between Hector and Elisa. Instead, what she does is portray them as equals and convey to us the strength of their bond.

It's beautiful and will leave you grinning like a complete fan-girl or just sighing softly as you flip through these pages. I just love this girl. From Book 1 to Book 2, we've seen her grow and change tremendously and it truly seems as if Elisa is at her peak by the end of Crown of Embers but Carson continues to push her, to test her, to see how far she can go and how strong she can become.

And I love that. And, best of all, I love that she grows into her own in this novel without the guidance of the people she's always had. Without Hector, without Ximena, without Alejandro or her father or her sister, Elisa finds herself and becomes who she truly is, stripped away of all that. And it's more than a little marvelous to witness. Honestly, the only other book I've read that features a close friendship between a man and a woman is Through the Ever Night.

I absolutely loved the tight friendship between Aria and Roar in that book and I love the bond that forms between Storm and Elisa in this one. It's more subtle and Storm doesn't have the charismatic aura that Roar possesses, but I loved these two just the same, if not more. Elisa and Mara truly grew to care for one another and become a support system for each other in Crown of Embers and while that continues, it also changes in this installment. One of the most egregious faults with this book probably lay in its subtlety of everything. From the romance to the friendships to growth, nothing is overly emphasized or stressed, rather being touched upon and intricately woven into the plot line.

While this worked out perfectly for me, mostly because it felt so much more realistic and the development I wanted between the characters already had such a strong foundation, it might affect other readers a bit more. Doubtful, but it might. On the other hand, though, I truly appreciated the skill with which Carson wrote this piece.

Seriously, I'm not even kidding, there ARE mines in this book. Admittedly, when I first saw the mention of "mines" and "snow" and "mountain" all I could think about was Lord of the Rings and I was a little worried Carson would try to pull a Tolkien. But, thankfully, she doesn't and the adventure scenes in this are riveting, well-written, and covered with plot-twists.

I love that The Bitter Kingdom finally reveals to us the extent of world-building in this realm, its past, its present, and tackles on so much more too. Very lightly, Carson touches upon more religious themes, but mostly she discusses different cultures, diplomacy, and co-existence. Like its predecessor, this novel contains a LOT of politics and political intrigue, full with Megan Whalen Turner-esque twists that will come barreling out of nowhere. And it is so, so good. If you haven't already figured out, The Bitter Kingdom is not only a must-read, it's a must-pre-order-now-and-make-a-pedestal-for-Rae-Carson-already read.

In fact, if there are any qualms I have with this book, it is only that there wasn't nearly as much making-out between Hector and Elisa as I wanted. Granted, even if this whole book was just making-out between Hector and Elisa, it STILL wouldn't be enough, which just goes to show how unbelievably amazing this novel is. Rae Carson, you have my heart.

Just don't go breaking it with your next series. Or making it weep for swoon-worthy guys like Hector. Honestly, my heart can only take so much "When will my Prince Charming Hector come? View all 22 comments. Jun 21, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it really liked it Shelves: This book, while technically perfect and a highly enjoyable readfell a bit short of my expectations. I've enjoyed the other books in the series, but I don't know I can't exactly pinpoint it, but this book just didn't leave me completely satisfied; it just feels like I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have.

I said it was technically perfect, and I meant it. The writing is great, the plot is quick-paced, and action-filled; character development was well-done. It does have its faults, but t This book, while technically perfect and a highly enjoyable readfell a bit short of my expectations. It does have its faults, but they are minor, and they did not bother me too much. Or maybe I'm just having an off-day. This is a continuation of a series, and you do need to read the previous books.

There is a lot going on in this book, guys. Right off the bat, Elisa and company are on the run. There is no explanation of what was going on, we are immediately immersed in the midst of Elisa going in pursuit of the captured Hector. There is no slow moment; they cannot afford to lose any time at all. Back in their country, there might be an imminent civil war, and they are under danger from the Inviernos, so they have to rush rush rush; there is no time to waste. I giggled when we came across that scene, because it was so reminiscent of The Fellowship of the Rings , even if it's not that similar.

Come on, traveling through terrible weather, and having no other choice but to take an alternate route through the possibly treacherous mines? Nevertheless, that was probably my favorite segment of the book New characters are introduced, but only a few, and they are all relevant. I really think the entire book was well-written, I was never bored, the party's actions and decisions are rational, the plot moved along at an easily comprehensible pace, and I really loved that the character all play a significant role in the events of the book. There are no extraneous characters here. I have one wee complaint about Elisa.

In the previous books, she is plagued with self-doubt, and I loved watching her grow. I have always wished that Elisa would become a stronger character.

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Well, um, I have to kind of eat my words, here, because I felt that in this book, she is a little bit too strong, a little bit too perfect. It seems like such a stupid grievance, but while Elisa still has her moments of doubt, her moments of silliness, they are overcome almost immediately, as she grits her teeth and powers through it. The self-doubt is still there, but it is minute, because of her determination to just get through this. She becomes a little bit too much of a martyr, for my liking. I still kind of miss her weaknesses.

What I do love about Elisa isfinally, her acceptance of her own body, her own beauty. I startle at the compliment. But I meant me. I would venture to say that Hector is the weakest character in terms of character development, and to me, he was altogether forgettable, at times. If not for his status as Elisa's love, I don't think I would remember Hector much at all within this book. Of all the characters, I think I fell a little bit in love with Storm in this book I do love my haughty, stoic characters, who nurture a warm interior, and Storm is the personification of that.

He just needs a good cuddle, really! I could have done without the addition of Mula as a side character in the book. I seriously doubt Elisa and Mara's judgment when they decided to bring her on, and I still seriously doubt their judgment after finishing the book. Given their mission, bringing Mula with them was a decision that felt incredibly unwise.

She turned out to be useful, but they didn't know that at the time. It was a decision made from the heart, not the head, and there were too many ways that this choice could have gone wrong and bite them in the ass. A child has no place on a mission of such importance, and could only have brought them down. He manages a nod as his eyes are drifting closed. Did you know that Elisa is the queen?

She has a sparkle stone. Want to see my feet? I wanted less Mula, and more of another new character, Waterfall. The plot seems too much at times. There were so much going on in this book, that at times, some things felt really rushed. The last part of the book could easily be split into a book of its own; things were glossed over and events just resolved themselves too easily, for the sake of time and space constraints within in the last section of the book.

I am glad that this series drew to a satisfying conclusion, but I can't help thinking this book would have been a lot better, split into two. For a book of this quality, I would not mind the wait. View all 14 comments. Dec 09, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: Hector has quickly become one of my favorite YA book boys. I'm not even sure what's so swoony about him, besides the fact that he's marvelous. If you've read the books, you know. Once he shaved that moustache, it was one big swoonfest every time he stepped into the scene.

I also really loved the new setting in this book! Girl of Fire and Thorns had a desert feel to it, and Crown of Embers had more of a tropical thing going on. But Bitter Kingdom is definitely set in a cold, snowy world that really sets this one apart from the other two. You could tell that Rae Carson really had a lot of fun with this setting, and I definitely loved it! I didn't really know what to feel for him in the beginning of Crown of Embers, but as the book went on, he really started growing on me.

He's even more fabulous in The Bitter Kingdom, with his brutal honesty and stoicism. After Hector and Elisa, he's my favorite character by far. Elisa can have Hector, but can I have Storm? Elisa is one of my absolute favorite heroines in YA. I've loved watching her grow and mature throughout the series, and I think she really stepped into her own in The Bitter Kingdom. She's developed so much from the self-loathing princess that we met in The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

And I love that her inner change is mirrored with her outer change, the way her body transforms from something soft and unused to something hardened by trials--it's all so metaphorical, and I heart it. All the other characters are fantastic, as well.

I loved our new addition of Mula, the slave girl. She cracked me up. On a side note: Rae Carson is a tricksy lady for sure, always getting the jump on me with the way she plots her stories And besides characters which is definitely my favorite part of this series , I also really liked the plot of this book.

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I liked that we got to see Invierno, that the romance between Elisa and Hector finally surfaces for real, and that they travel underground via tunnels a la the Mines of Moria from The Lord of the Rings. Really, this book was just awesome. Here's looking at you, Rae Carson. How am I going to get my YA high fantasy fix anymore?! But until then, I'll just be mourning the loss of one of my favorite fantasy series. Don't mind me, I'm just weeping. May 28, Jeff rated it really liked it. View all 10 comments. The characters are so wonderful,especially Elisa who develops so much as a character and Hector who shows us what an unconditional love is.

I've never been prouder of a book character before as much as I'm proud of Elisa. I only wish that we got more romantic scenes between Hector and Elisa and that Alodia was maybe portrayed a bit differently. But overall,this trilogy is really something special and delicate-even though the first book is a bit controversial,the second and third book are definitely amazing and worth all the hype. If anything else,I think this trilogy deserves more hype. It's really really good. View all 3 comments.

Sep 21, Aimee rated it it was amazing. There are few books that have left me waiting anxiously for what seems like a long time to not end in disappointment. I couldn't imagine, when I started this book, how it would all turn out. I speculated and dreamed up my own ending while waiting to get my hands on this and for once, the book was so much better than anything I could dream up on my own. Very rarely do books like these end in a way that I thought was just darn perfect. Usually there is something in the This book. Usually there is something in the ending that leaves me unsatisfied, such as story lines left unfinished or forgotten as the author weaves the story to an ending any which way she can.

I felt this was well planned, well written and superbly executed. We even get a bit more of the ending than normal. A lot is usually left to the imagination of the readers, and those who are like me who get frustrated and want to scream "How does it really end?! Rae Carson has taken the time and effort to finish her story.

Finish it she did and it was beautiful. Another thing to praise? Obviously, after reading this story, Rae Carson doesn't feel the need to draw things out as long as possible. There are several things in this book that I thought would span the book, or most of it, but it didn't. The pace is perfect and the story thrived because it wasn't polluted with story filler. I was kept on the edge of my seat with an amazing story and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

This series belongs on the keeper shelf. Jan 14, Jillian bookishandnerdy rated it really liked it. Elisa's character development was phenomenal. She started out as this character with so much self doubt and fear and ended with so much confidence and bravery. Elisa is one of my favorite female heroines of all time. It took me a little longer to reconnect with the story and the characters, but once I did I was just so engrossed.

Also, I was just freaking swooning over Elisa and Hector. Dec 16, Nastassja rated it really liked it Recommends it for: View all 20 comments. Feb 15, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, I'm going to cry in the corner for half a book, feel sorry for myself and then just do my best and try to get to you while being stupid once in a while to make the book exciting. I will first get a backup plan for my kingdom and then follow you saving lives, yours included, being totally badass, relying on the intelligence of my beloved, and acting like a true warrior.

When everything is ta Usual heroine: When everything is taken from Elisa she simply decides to take this exact everything back and to take it one step further by securing the peace between the nations, creating alliances and saving lives. Oh, and becoming champion of course. There is no hesitation, no doubt in Elisa. This girl used her brain from the very first page of the entire series, but in the final book she becomes a true monarch.

Determined, with an iron will, intelligent and wise. She stays unbowed without losing her humanity and her heart.


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  • Fortunately, she doesn't degrade to a weakling and doesn't give up. To her credit, she doesn't even think about it. I think we all noticed that in many actually most books the heroines still have some damsel-in-distress traits and very typical weaknesses. Think about it, how many books did you read where the heroine is not only a queen, has to fulfill a prophecy, is very far from being physically perfect and is presented strong-willed and assertive?

    I am sure, not many. Hector is proves that he is a real man in this book. He doesn't doubt Elisa, he is nobel and loyal as always, and he teaches a very important lesson to the reader- sometimes you have to let somebody save you. I loved him in this book.

    I don't want to ramble a lot, to be honest. Do you know the feeling when you could complain in a one-star review for ages, but don't want to write a lot in a five-star one? Secondary characters were as deep and alive as the main characters, the plot was full of interesting twits and turns and didn't lack action. The setting was new and exciting, especially the mines. The plot development and the world itself was very original, it didn't remind me on any other series I've read, which I was thankful for. Definitely going to come back to this series more than once.

    I highly recommend it to all those who love fantasy and those who love strong protagonists and something new and refreshing! Feb 14, K. The relationship is perfection. Elisa has come so far from the shrinking violet we met in the first book, and it's awesome to see an overweight character a get a happy and loving relationship with a guy who thinks she's perfect as she is, b lose weight through running all over the continent as part of her story, but still talk about how her thighs rub together when she walks and how her arms are chubby and how her legs are now muscly but not skinny, and c be totally fine with her body, just as it is.

    Like, in the first book? Elisa's all "OMG, no wonder Alejandro doesn't want me, look how skinny his mistress is". But by this book, she's all "My body can do awesome things.