Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review for The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom is the final book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy written by Rae Carson.

so this is it, the end of the Fire and Thorns trilogy. i really didn't think i would like it. the first book was shaky at first but i grew to like it. the same thing happened with the second book. the series finally hit an all time high with the last one. i liked this book from beginning to end. i was rooting for Elisa the whole time, never once finding her character boring or annoying. her group of loyal friends and subjects were entertaining to read as well. the action wasn't overwhelming but it kept a steady pace. the ending was amazing, not exactly how i pictured it but still very well done.

this go around, Elisa has to save her kingdom and Hector, her royal guard and the man she loves. her god stone is more powerful than ever and it helps her every step of the way. again, i like the presence of the god stone. it helps this adventure book have a bit of celestial mystery than i never completely understand. i was totally taken by surprise when SPOILER Elisa completed her destiny and her god stone fell out. i like that we don't know what the lost oasis she found will be used for in God's will SPOILER you learn to love Elisa for herself, not her connection with God or her powers.

the romance in this book was so good. Hector was such a great character. i enjoyed the chapters told from his point of view. i wasn't expecting that since the other two books were only told from Elisa's POV. it was a happy development because it let me in on Elisa's guy how is very likable. i thought he'd be kinda stiff but his words read just as fluid as Elisa's. i was satisfied how the story ended. i don't feel like there needs to be another book added on. the characters have grown from the mostly uninteresting characters they were into fully engaging ones. i am glad that i read this series and would quickly recommend it for anyone looking for a quick fantasy read.