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Monday, September 14, 2015

Fire & Thorns Series Read-Along: The Bitter Kingdom, Chapters 15-28 #ReadingRae

Welcome to this week's #ReadingRae post! This week we're discussing chapters 15 - 28 of The Bitter Kingdom. Before I share my thoughts, and incase you're just joining us, here's a little bit about the The Bitter Kingdom


By: Rae Carson
Published by: Harper Collins
Released On: August 27th, 2013
Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns #3
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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.

My Thoughts

There is a lot that happens in this chapter. Betrayal, danger, action, and a whole heck of a lot more. Most importantly, HECTOR IS BACK!!!! He couldn't have come back at more crucial time. Despite the things that keep going wrong for Elisa and her companions, having Hector back makes Elisa a stronger person. Elisa has grown tremendously throughout the series, but especially through out this book. She has become a fierce fighter for her people. She sacrifices herself, and does what she thinks is right, even if her choices are picking lesser of the two evils. Nothing is fair or straight forward in war, and that's evident now. 

There's a lot that happens in these chapters, and I feel like Elisa and her team can't catch a break. Things keep going wrong, and I found it interesting that while Elisa remains strong, during some of the events she does start to question things. I felt as though her questioning of things challenged her, and forced her to grow stronger in her convictions. It allowed her to think outside the box and see things differently than she had before. Nothing is laid out for her. She's discovering her answers along the way. She has to make her own choices. I like that while she does make her own choices, she also seeks advice from her trusted friends.

Elisa has definitely grown into a strong, fierce, unwavering leader. I admire her for her strength and determination. Though she's proven herself many times, and has risked her life to save her companions, I may have admired her a little bit more when she admitted she needed Hector to save her, when something happened to her. Speaking of Hector - he said YES!!!!! I was a little worried there for a bit, and I love that she gave him the choice. I also admired him for thinking it through. As she told him, it takes a strong man to say yes to someone of her power. Hector and Elisa have something unique, and I have loved how they've always respected the other's individual strength, and whom they are individually. Now I'm hoping they can all survive this brutal storm they're hunkered down in, and survive the dangerous trek home, so they can get married. 

I can't wait to talk about the last few chapters of this book!

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Next week we'll be talking about The Bitter Kingdom, chapters 28-42.

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