The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.
Praise for Bitterblue

New York Times bestseller
YALSA, Best Fiction for Young Adults 
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year 
The Bulletin Best Books of the Year
BCCB Blue Ribbon Title
A New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year

"Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both. Thrillingly imagined and beautifully executed, Bitterblue stands as a splendid contribution in a long literarly tradition." —The New York Times Book Review

* "Brilliantly detailed and brimming with vibrant and dynamic characters." —SLJ, starred review

* “A story that transcends the genre with its emotional and philosophical weight.” —BCCB, starred review
 
* “Devastating and heartbreaking.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “Fans of . . .intricate political fantasies will relish this novel of palace intrigue.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“An exceptional book: heartbreaking, deep, and beautiful.”—wandsandworlds.com