Bitter Kingdom
by Carson, Rae






&;I love this series to pieces and so should you.&;&;Marie Lu, bestselling author of Warcross

The third book in Rae Carson&;s award-winning and New York Times&;bestselling trilogy! In the deeply satisfying conclusion, seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen Elisa travels into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Brandon Sanderson.

The champion must not waver. The champion must not fear. The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Elisa will lead her loyal companions deep into the enemy&;s kingdom, a land of ice and snow and vicious magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover could change the course of history.

Don&;t miss The Empire of Dreams, Rae Carson&;s action-packed return to the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns!





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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.





A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega-Elisa to her friends-has lost her throne, her bodyguard/nurse and her beloved (The Crown of Embers, 2012). All she has left is the Godstone in her navel, and it's brimming with more power than ever before. Slowed by the need to protect a helpless child, trained in magic by a failed sorcerer, threatened even by the weather-she's traveled so far ice falls from the sky!-Elisa knows her first priority is to protect her country from the invading Invierno animagi. The Inviernos, tall, fair-skinned and not-quite human, believe that generations ago, Elisa's people came to this land and destroyed their magical birthright; now they want revenge. Despite the Godstone marking her as a once-in-a-century prophesied heroine, Elisa must save the day with her "only lasting power," her smarts. This well-read girl spent her childhood studying warfare and international diplomacy and has the skills to lead both a war party and a country. Her foretold destiny is resolved with a marvelous and refreshing twist on literary tropes. A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.





A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega-Elisa to her friends-has lost her throne, her bodyguard/nurse and her beloved (The Crown of Embers, 2012). All she has left is the Godstone in her navel, and it's brimming with more power than ever before. Slowed by the need to protect a helpless child, trained in magic by a failed sorcerer, threatened even by the weather-she's traveled so far ice falls from the sky!-Elisa knows her first priority is to protect her country from the invading Invierno animagi. The Inviernos, tall, fair-skinned and not-quite human, believe that generations ago, Elisa's people came to this land and destroyed their magical birthright; now they want revenge. Despite the Godstone marking her as a once-in-a-century prophesied heroine, Elisa must save the day with her "only lasting power," her smarts. This well-read girl spent her childhood studying warfare and international diplomacy and has the skills to lead both a war party and a country. Her foretold destiny is resolved with a marvelous and refreshing twist on literary tropes. A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.






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