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4.5 Stars: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson ARC

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson is the thrilling finale of the Fire and Thorns trilogy! There will most definitely be spoilers for the first two books, so just go read them now because this trilogy is awesome sauce. If you have read the first two (yey!), then I am happy to report that I loved The Bitter Kingdom even more than the first two books! It has more action, it has more exploration, it has more kissy times!

Note: I received The Bitter Kingdom ARC from a friend. Some things may be different in the final version.

4.5 Stars: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson ARC

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns #3)
Published by Greenwillow on August 27th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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. --Goodreads

4.5 Stars


  • I love the action-packed start of The Bitter Kingdom (remember there is a silly boy to rescue?) and it honestly never lets up. But I mean that in a good way. I sometimes get stressed when books are too action-packed, but The Bitter Kingdom was just perfect.
  • There are a lot of mysteries around the Godstone and the history of the world that we get to find out about in The Bitter Kingdom. I seriously feel like there needs to be a text book called “History of All that Awesome Stuff” just for this trilogy.
  • Elisa freaking rocks. She was pretty awesome before, but she just gets awesome-er (it’s a word! >.>) Right from the beginning I have loved having a main character who struggled with her self-confidence and wasn’t model-thin because Elisa has shown over and over again that she is freaking awesome BECAUSE of who she is. Can we be friends please now?
  • I love adorable, scrappy children; I just want to hug them.
  • We finally get some happy romance action and not just from the people you expect *wiggles eyebrows*
  • There were so many great quotes involving self-esteem and power in The Bitter Kingdom, but they are pretty spoiler-y, so I won’t include them, BUT THEY ARE THERE!


  •  There are actually about four major adventures/plotlines going on in The Bitter Kingdom. They moosh together well, but I really felt like it could have been split into two books so that my brain didn’t melt quite so much.
  • There is a lot of potential for more world-building and revelation in this world and I want it. This can’t be the last book pleeeeeeaaaaaase!
  • There were a couple of conversations in The Bitter Kingdom that I kept expecting to happen and they never did. I was looking forward to them and they were alluded to need to happen, so why didn’t they happen? D:


The Bitter Kingdom was a phenomenal finale to this trilogy. Elisa is definitely my favorite MC ever now. My complaints pretty much stem from feeling not quite finished with this story and world. I think that a prequel trilogy would be absolutely perfect though >.> Just saying ;-). But in any case, buy The Bitter Kingdom asap because it will make you happy.

4.5 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya


 The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

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  1. Yep. Totally agree with your lists of strengths and weaknesses. I really do think this book could have been twice as long (or I guess split into two books) because there was so much going on and so much that I still wanted by the time the book was over. I still loved it, though.

    I’d also add one more item to your list of strengths: the chapters told from Hector’s point of view! I really enjoyed those. :)

    • So I have this weird habit of not reading chapter titles when going through a book, mostly because usually it just says “chapter X”, but I also don’t like to get any hints if there is an actual title. This means that I frequently got to a Hector chapter and didn’t realize that it was him >.> Those chapters were totally necessary to tell the story well, but my weirdness got me confused D:

  2. Jenny Jensen says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this…but I’m a little devastated for it to end! So I’ll probably put it off for a while, just because I do that. Thanks for your review! I’m interested in what conversations didn’t happen, and I wonder if I have similar expectations that won’t be fulfilled…hmm…we’ll see! :)

    • Haha, but you can always re-read if you want :D I’m really hoping that she comes back to this world someday, there is so much to explore still :D


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