The long-awaited companion to the New York Times bestsellers Graceling and Fire
Eight years have passed since the young Princess Bitterblue, and her country, were saved from the vicious King Leck. Now Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and her land is at peace.
But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisers, who have run the country on her behalf since Leck's death, believe in a forward-thinking plan: to pardon all of those who committed terrible acts during Leck's reign; and to forget every dark event that ever happened.
Monsea's past has become shrouded in mystery, and it's only when Bitterblue begins sneaking out of her castle - curious, disguised and alone - to walk the streets of her own city, that she begins to realise the truth. Her kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year long spell of a madman, and now their only chance to move forward is to revisit the past.
Whatever that past holds.
Two thieves, who have sworn only to 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, who possesses an unidentified Grace, may also hold a key to her heart...
Kristin Cashore is the author of the best-selling and award-winning Graceling Realm novels and the genre-bending novel Jane, Unlimited. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. The New York Times Book Review has said of her work: “Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both.” She lives in the Boston area.
Graceling Realm consists of five works, and the series is set to expand with the upcoming release of one more book. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.