by Kristin Cashore
I did not enjoy Bitterblue as much as I enjoyed Fire and Graceling. Bitterblue was not quite as action-packed as the other two novels and focused more on the psychological and political aspects of running a kingdom. I also thought they could have gotten to some of the action a little sooner, but the pacing was okay. I was disappointed that Bitterblue did not have romantic closure like Fire and Katsa did. I feel like the trilogy would have had more continuity if Cashore had chosen a different love interest for Bitterblue and allowed that romance to develop more fully. Don't get me wrong---strong women don't have to have a man...but the romance factor was something I really liked about the other two books in this trilogy.