We begin with Queen Bitterblue, who, under the suspicious sinking of the Seashell and the resulting death of her envoys, must travel to a newly discovered continent in the north, Torla. On her way to the closest nation, Winterkeep, something unfortunate happens which sets in motion a trail of confusion and sorrow.
In Winterkeep’s capital, Ledra, Lovisa Cavenda is on the lookout for secrets and stories – things she never expects nor wants once she finds out the truth in the middle of this political, winter-swept nation.
And, among the Keepish confusion and political unrest, a fox or two (or three…or more) find themselves sneaking slyly beneath the turmoil, helping or harming in ways few truly understand.
I, personally, was not aware that a fourth book would be added to Cashore’s Graceling series but when I discovered it, a whole other world was brought to surface, and not just a new continent. The narrative definitely adds to the book and the new characters mixed with the familiar ones from the “Royal Continent” make up a devastatingly perfect realm of more secrets.
This is the story of a girl who thinks she has all the control in her life, just as everything falls apart; a queen who realizes the one fault in her determination; and a nation, or more accurately, the world in full, that has problems which prove to soon be irreversible – if change is not in motion.
Trust me when I say Cashore has paralleled this world to our own which makes it ever more interesting and ever more scarily wonderful.
Grace De Prophetis