Kristin Cashore just made my life!
I give you Bitterblue:
Today on Kristin's Blog she FINALLY announce the release of Bitterblue. For those who don't know, Bitterblue is the companion novel to Graceling and Fire. Graceling is an amazing book, and more importantly :) my favorite book (next to Harry Potter, of course)!! I've been waiting for this news for SO LONG, and I just can't believe it's finally coming!!
Bitterblue will be released May 1, 2012, which seems forever away, but I'm just so happy there's a date!! It'll be here before we know it!
Here's what Kristin had to say:
A few reasons I love the (USA/Canada) cover above: It feels like Bitterblue (the character) to me. The colors have special significance. The keys are a highly appropriate icon (like Katsa's dagger on the Graceling cover). And, the keys look like weapons. :o)
A lot of people have asked me why it took so long for me to finish this book. The answer is simple. It's not because I was distracted; it's not because I wasn't working my ass off; it's simply because Bitterblue is longer and more complicated than the other books I've written, and some books require more time than others. The book decides.Bitterblue is a whopping 576 pages, and begins 8 years after Graceling ends. Bitterblue is the queen of Monsea, and Katsa and Po will be returning (YAY!).
Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say:
Bitterblue can be ordered NOW, which I have already done!! If you have not read Gracling, I can't recommend it enough! READ IT NOW!!!Other characters from Graceling appear, too, most notably (and unavoidably, since he is Bitterblue’s father), the nefarious King Leck, the only character who appears in both Graceling and Fire.For Cashore, the completion of her third novel allows her to take a deep breath – of relief. “Fire was such an emotionally hard book for me to write that when I started Bitterblue I vowed to write something light and fun,” Cashore said. “I was well into it before I had the realization that if light and fun is what you’re after you probably shouldn’t have a main character whose father murdered her mother.”Indeed, nothing about the process of completing Bitterblue turned out to be light or fun. The first draft took nearly three years to write, and was met with a long revision letter from her editor, Kathy Dawson.“There was one line [in Dawson’s editorial letter] that nearly caused me to panic, but turned out to be exactly the right piece of advice,” Cashore recalled. “[Kathy] wrote, ‘Would you ever consider starting from scratch?’ And that was what I needed to do. I needed to start over now that I knew exactly where the story was going. The plot didn’t change dramatically but the way everything came together did.”Cashore certainly is her own tough act to follow. Graceling found a place on three Best Books lists in 2008; Fire received six starred reviews, including one from PW.“With every book she writes, Kristin becomes a more accomplished writer,” says Dawson, who acquired and published Graceling while at Harcourt, and is now associate publisher and editorial director for fiction at Dial. “For this one, she learned all about codes and ciphers. She even hired a linguist to create an entire language! It felt like a long waiting period, but Bitterblue was worth every single minute.”
What do you think (LIVIA!!!)?? Do you like the cover? Are you excited for the release? I think the cover is awesome, and fits in really well with the other two books. I admit I like the foreign(?) covers for the books a little better (especially FIRE), but I still love them all. I just can't believe it's actually happening!! I was beginning to think the day would never come! The only way I could be more excited was if the book was in my hand!!!