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Product Details

  • Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062026542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062026545
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carson brings her well-wrought trilogy (The Girl of Fire and Thorns, 2011, and The Crown of Embers, 2012) to a satisfying conclusion as Elisa, bearer of the godstone that brings her both power and extreme danger, searches for her true love, Hector, captive of Franco’s troops. Traveling with her trusted new maidservant as well as their prisoner, Storm, and the besotted Belen, Elisa must practice duplicity without falling victim to that of others. Romance, bravery, and suspenseful political wranglings drive and inform the characters on all sides. Readers new to the series should begin at its start, but, luckily, they’ll have the whole series ahead of them as Elisa races to free Hector and take her rightful place of power. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith


"A marvelous and refreshing twist on literary tropes... A smashing ending." - Kirkus (starred review)

"Tackles classic fantasy tropes, springing off into unusual and refreshing directions... A thrilling climax." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“What a conclusion to a spellbinding trilogy! The Bitter Kingdom cements Rae Carson as one of the best fantasy authors to grace the shelves. I love this series to pieces, and so should you.” (Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy)

“The perfect conclusion to one of the most brilliant modern YA fantasies on the market today. Readers will love this whole series, and while I didn’t want to leave Elisa’s world, The Bitter Kingdom hits all the right notes. This is YA fantasy as it should be.” (Beth Revis, author of the nationally best-selling Across the Universe)

“Action-packed … excellent … with terrific world-building and character development. … Also tackles classic fantasy tropes, springing off into unusual and refreshing directions.…Carson brings her series to an end with a thrilling climax.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“A smashing ending to a trilogy that …developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“This is a spell-binding book. It is not often that all three books in a series are equally enthralling. Those who love Tamora Pierce and Kristen Cashore will love the tales of Elisa.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“This is that rare series in which each volume is better than the last. … An action-packed and thoughtful end to an ambitious series.” (Horn Book Magazine)

“Elisa continues to be a heroine worth rooting for … and by the fairy-tale ending, readers will have no doubt that her newly formed empire will thrive. … An altogether satisfying conclusion to an entertaining trilogy.” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author

Rae Carson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. She lives in Ohio with her husband, novelist C.C. Finlay, two stepsons, and two very naughty kitties. She is hard at work on her next trilogy.

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This book has the perfect ending to this amazing trilogy.
Carina's Books
I've loved this series ever since the first book and I've read every novella and the other two books.
Marissa Lenton
They are a quick read and with a very engaging characters and story line.
Julie Purcell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on September 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Despite my best efforts at self-control, telling myself to slowly savor it, I finished this last book in the series in a day. I just keep saying, "just one more chapter" and suddenly it was over. I was so sad to see this trilogy end, but I enjoyed every moment of it and I plan to enjoy every re-reading of these three books. The Fire and Thorns trilogy is one of those rare things -- a book series that has close to perfect pacing and realistic character growth combined with a truly engaging story. Modern YA books can be fraught with dangers, mostly for the reader. They can be cliche, mind numbing fillers that might possibly blind a reader with it's stupid story lines and "strong but yet somehow very silly heroines" (Yes, Bella Swan I am looking at you). Here is a line up of the good and the short list of the "don't think to much about this" parts of the series (warning: Spoilers):

- Elisa's character growth from a insecure, binge eating princess to a strong, capable and brilliant queen is both believable and emotional. I felt her surprise as she grew physically stronger, cheered for her through the struggles and loved that she became strong through both the strength of friends and her own ability to see her strengths. I also loved that she didn't magically become a super model or a ninja. She worked for every bit of her new found warrior skills and toned yet rounded body. She was willing to see herself truly and accept both her strengths and weaknesses. Her moments of self doubt are believable and not sappy and I didn't want to kill her by the end of the books because she has so much self doubt and "he can't possibly like me" and "woe is me" inner thoughts. Bonus.

-Hector. Sigh. Hector. Such an honorable man.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lili's Reflections on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book blew me away. All expectations I had were blown out of the water completely. Rae Carson is a force to be reckoned with, no questions asked. While I'm sad to see this series go, I can honestly say that I am completely satisfied with the extensive and amazing journey Carson took me on.

One of my favorite things about Carson's writing is that it is not only beautiful, but there are also entertaining moments littered throughout the story. For a serious book full of life or death situations and decisions, I found myself laughing several times. Carson has this dry sense of humor that she inserts at the most random of times to lighten the mood of impending doom. One of my favorite examples of such humor was actually delivered from the hands of Elisa on page 60 of my ARC:

Mara's mare head-butts my lady-in-waiting in the chest. Grinning, Mara plants a kiss between her wide, dumb eyes, then murmurs something.
Have you named her? I ask.
"Yes! Her name is Jasmine."
I grimace. "But jasmine is such a sweet, pretty flower."
Mara laughs. "Have you named yours?"
"Her name is Horse."
She rolls her eyes. "If you want to get along with your mount, you have to learn each other's language. That means starting with a good name."
"All right." I pretend to consider. "What about Imbecile? Or Poops A Lot?"

Clearly, Elisa hates horses (much to everyone's amusement).

My favorite aspect of this story was Elisa. Her character arc in this final book can only be described as phenomenal. We watched an insecure girl grow to be a magnificent queen who understands the weight of her title. She's simply perfect. I can't even begin to describe how much I love Elisa solely because she's the way a young adult heroine should be.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Snyder on August 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It would destroy me to have you just a little

The Bitter Kingdom is the perfect ending to the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. Rae Carson has hit this one out of the park with the addition of a few new characters and the resurrection of other favorites from the first two books in the series. In addition there are scenes from Hector's POV with added so much depth and understanding to his character that I loved him even more, if that was possible.

The Bitter Kingdom starts almost immediately after Crown of Embers and Elisa is on the way to find and save Hector. With the help of Mara, Belén and Storm, Elisa travels into enemy territory to destroy the power source of the Invierne and save the man she loves. This is such an action packed story full of trials, obstacles and adventures. Just when one problem is solved another jumps into its place, the road to Inveirne and back to save Elisa's own kingdom is perilous.

Elisa really grows into herself on the journey and finds a special strength within herself from an unexpected place, she is not just the bearer of the Godstone, she is a great ruler in her own right. Elisa is strong and powerful in this book, brave and wickedly smart in her political maneuverings. More than once I was shocked and impressed at the strength she showed and the way she arranged all the alliances.

But there are plenty of tender moments shared between Elisa and Hector along the way to make your heart flutter a little.

"I am strong enough, man enough, to be subject to you."

Because that is one of the things I loved best from Crown of Embers and this book as well. The growing love between Hector and Elisa that seemed completely organic and `real' never forced or absolutely perfect.
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