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Rae Carson Read-Along: THE BITTER KINGDOM Chapters 29-42 + Giveaway

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The end is here…

We have reached the final day of the read-along and the end of the final book in the Fire and Thorns series. The book may be titled THE BITTER KINGDOM but saying goodbye to the characters and series isn’t bitter, it’s just bittersweet.

Fortunately, tomorrow is the release day for WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER which means a new series with new characters to love.

And if you stop by the blog, I’ll be participating in the release day blitz in celebration of its book birthday.

For the last time…

If you’re only just now learning about the read-along, feel free to check out Week One’s post for more info and my thoughts about the first 11 chapters of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (HERE). And my thoughts on Chapters 12-23 are HERE and Chapters 24-34 are HERE. If you’d like to know what I thought about the first 10 chapters of THE CROWN OF EMBERS, you can find out HERE, Chapters 11-20 HERE and Chapters 21-30 HERE. And if you want to know what I thought about Chapters 1-14 of THE BITTER KINGDOM, you can find out HERE and my thoughts on Chapters 15-28 are HERE.

And so that you don’t have to look back at earlier posts, to quickly recap…

We are reading all three books in the Fire and Thorns series leading up to the release of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, which comes out on September 22nd. And let me just tell you it’s every bit as amazing as I’d hoped it would be. I can’t wait until everyone gets the chance to read it. Yay for the wait being almost over!

Anyway… if you’d like to catch up on last week’s posts on the other participating bloggers’ blogs, here’s where you can find them…

Me, My Shelf and I | @MyShelfAndI

Mundie Moms | @MundieMoms

Fictitious Delicious | @FictishDelish

Good Books And Good Wine | @BooksAndWine

The read-along schedule can be found at the bottom of this post. And you can also follow along on Twitter via #ReadingRae.

There’s also a read-along giveaway for a few pre-order copies of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, so if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter. (It’s the same Rafflecopter throughout the read-along.)

And now for my thoughts….


The Read-Along: Chapters 29-42

***Spoiler Alert: There are a few general plot spoilers in this post. ***

As these are the final chapters of the final book in the series I don’t want to reveal too much about how things end. So I will try to be somewhat cryptic so as not to spoil everything.

We left the group in the tunnels as they were heading to Basajuan to try and stop the Invierne leaders from attacking. They are swarmed by deathstalkers – these scorpion-like creatures – and things do not go well. Those of the group that do survive have to contend with a rock fall that blocks their escape. But they are eventually able to clear the way and continue their journey.

Elisa proves that she is a more than capable leader and makes a move that will give her the power to negotiate with the Deciregi and to potentially take back control of Brisadulce. She also makes another move… one that I’m sure everyone has been anxiously awaiting.

And that’s all I’m saying about that.

As Part III ends, a successful outcome is reached from the negotiations and we finally find out what Elisa’s act of service is. Part IV prepares us for the final battle that will allow Elisa to return to the throne (hopefully) and oust the usurpers.

Plans are made and carried out. But, of course, not everything goes to plan. Blood is shed, another beloved character’s life is lost, and an act of judgment and one of mercy are executed.

And that’s all I’m saying about that.

The story and series wrap up nicely with most questions answered. Although a few things are still left up in the air, it is a very satisfying ending to this amazing series.

These final chapters were epic, heartbreaking, nail-biting, riveting. Just like every single chapter of every single book in this series, as I’m sure you’d agree.

If you’ve chosen to read along, I hope you loved the series. If the read-along has piqued your interest in the Fire and Thorns books, I hope you get the chance to read them soon. Elisa is a wonderful heroine – someone to root for, someone who grows stronger throughout the series, someone who isn’t perfect but who does the best that she can. And it’s a series full of adventure, an incredible world, a touch of romance, and a ton of excitement and tension and suspense.

Thanks so much for following along these past months!


About THE BITTER KINGDOM

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Title & Series: THE BITTER KINGDOM (Fire and Thorns #3)
Author: Rae Carson
Release date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

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, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy’s kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


About Rae Carson

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Author portrait by Michelle Daniel Photography

Rae Carson is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Fire and Thorns #1)
Release date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


Crown-of-Embers

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Title & Series: THE CROWN OF EMBERS (Fire and Thorns #2)
Release date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

She does not know what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


GoFaTStories

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Title & Series: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS STORIES (Fire and Thorns #0.5-0.7)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 272
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A paperback edition of three novellas set within the world of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series, previously available only digitally: The Shadow Cats, The Shattered Mountain, and The King’s Guard.

The Shadow Cats is told from the perspective of Elisa’s older sister. Discover how their sibling rivalry looks from Alodia’s viewpoint, and find out why Alodia agrees to marry her sister off to King Alejandro of Joya de Vega.

The Shattered Mountain revolves around Elisa’s best friend and handmaiden, Mara. Before she meets Elisa at the rebel camp in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, she suffers her own tragedy. Her village is destroyed and she must lead the few young survivors to safety.

The King’s Guard centers on Hector, Commander of the Royal Guard and Elisa’s true love. Set years before The Girl of Fire and Thorns, it shows us fifteen-year-old Hector as a new recruit. He must prove himself—and he discovers a secret he must keep forever.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES – The Shadow Cats, The King’s Guard, The Shattered Mountain  | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


The Schedule

If you’d like to follow along, here are the dates where you can stop by all the participating blogs.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

  • July 13th | Chapters 1 through 11
  • July 20th | Chapters 12 through 23
  • July 27th | Chapters 24 through 34

The Crown of Embers

  • August 17th | Chapters 1 through 10
  • August 24th | Chapters 11 through 20
  • August 31st | Chapters 21 through 30

The Bitter Kingdom

  • September 7th | Chapters 1 through 14
  • September 14th | Chapters 15 through 28
  • September 21st (today) | Chapters 29 through 42

Walk On Earth a Stranger

  • September 22nd | Release Day Celebration Blast

The Giveaway

I am offering up for giveaway a pre-order copy of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER to THREE (3) winners.

  • Giveaway ends at the conclusion of the read-along
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be 3 winners
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
  • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond with their details
  • There are no requirements to like or follow this blog but there are extra entries to follow the author and publisher on social media, to add the Fire and Thorns series and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER on Goodreads, to leave a comment, to tweet a message, and to follow the other read-along participants on Twitter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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Note: This same giveaway Rafflecopter is included in all read-along posts for convenience.

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