Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue || Reconnecting with my books pt.3

Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue || Reconnecting with my books pt.3

January 23, 2020 3 By Kailee Schamberger


Hey guys, its Veronica and welcome to my little reading corner. This is one of the videos in my series where I reacquaint
myself with my bookshelf and let you know something about the books I have
there. Today we are tackling the Graceling trilogy. Let’s begin with “Graceling”. This book follows Katsa. Katsa is what you would call a Graceling. Someone who is graced with a special ability and is signified as being a Graceling, with
having a different colored eyes. Katsa, her grace is basically killing. And the
king of the kingdom she lives in is making good use out of
her for his own purposes. I do believe they have some kind of family relations
but I don’t actually remember. Why am I so in love with this book that I kind of
didn’t like the first time I read it? Because I reread it and I realized that
this book is so much more than I actually thought that it was. Katsa here is not just doing the basic “oh my, I’m at the wrong side of this conflict, and I
should be one of the good guys and I should stand up to the monarchy and make
a better life for everyone” That’s kind of a standard thing in fantasy, this is
not just that. This is a book that is directed to young adults and it
discusses so much more. It is so much more about feelings and relationships
and even though I think that the writing style could be a bit, almost, not childish
but very young it deals with such heavy topics and such manipulation, and I just
think that this is a brilliant book and each and every time I reread this one I
fall in love with it a little bit more. And I also definitely fall in love with
the entire series as a whole because each and every time I just find deeper
meaning in these guys. Let’s move on to “Fire” and I can have some more examples there. Something I should be mentioned is that all of these books do explore different kinds of romantic relationships and also different kinds
of friendships. Different desires from different people. Katsa is someone who
don’t have an interest in having children and as a woman that is
sometimes a very controversial topic. But let’s now move on to “Fire”. “Fire” is not
that connected to “Graceling” on the surface level, if you go a bit deeper you
will find a lot of connections and even if you’re still on the surface level you
will find a connection. You could read “Fire” without reading “Graceling” but I
would still absolutely recommend reading “Graceling” first. “Fire” is taking place in a
completely different area of this world and “Fire” is a monster. Well she doesn’t
look like a monster you might say she looks very human,
well she’s not. Well she is but she’s also not. Monsters are kind of like
mutations of different species so there are monster horses, I guess,
monster sharks, monster birds and monster everything. Fire is the only human
monster. What signifies a monster is basically a very bright, intense coloring
and also, blood. Monster blood attracts other monsters and that is something
that Fire as a woman definitely encounters because, periods. But monsters
also have kind of this power over different beings, like basically
attraction power and that makes everyone else kind of scared about Fire. Things that I absolutely love about this book is the
discussion of children and wanting children, in a relationship and maybe not
being able to have children and I just think it’s so brilliant of Kristin Cashore, the author, to bring up such important topics in her books and still
have them be full of politic and just adventure and it could be just a massive
fantasy series, maybe not massive, but it could still be like a fantasy trilogy. But if you need exposure to different thoughts of relationships which I do
think that everyone does. Just, Kristin Cashore is not blaming anyone for
wanting or not wanting a thing in a relationship and not being judgmental
towards anyone. And I really, really, enjoy that I hope that my point is coming
across from this because first time I read these books I just read them very
shallowly as a fantasy series but then I started realizing that there are such
strong, like, women in this and I think that it has been greatly underrated by
many people. So “Fire” brings up a lot of questions about children and being a
mother and a parent in general and also different kinds of relationships. And I
just, I adore it, it’s so freakin good! I’m never gonna make it justice. I think my favorite one in the trilogy is probably “Fire”. But “Bitterblue”… Wow that is some book So “Bitterblue” is centering around the
character of Bitterblue which is a character that we get to meet in the
first book, in “Graceling”. Bitterblue is going to rule over her rightful Kingdom. Which has been through a whole freaking lot. There’s been a lot of
memory manipulation in this kingdom etc Through Bitterblue’s father who was a
terrible man and you can learn more about him by reading the other books. But Wow
such heavy trigger warnings for this book. I just think that, google them
because I’m sure I don’t catch all of the trigger warnings for this but
definitely different kinds of abuse, assault, suicide and self-harm. A lot of
trauma is in this book. I, these are the ones that I remember most but there’s so
much going on and it’s just an exploration of what, I don’t, I don’t
really know how to say.. This book explores how trauma affects people. Still
you could read this as “just” a fantasy novel but it is definitely so heavily
focused on trauma and how different people cope with trauma or decides to
not cope with trauma and I’m just in.. I’m in awe of Kristen Cashore, she is such
a brilliant writer. I, no matter how much I talk about this book series I am NOT
going to make it justice, just know that it is brilliant, it has such amazing
characters and, just, you can read it shallowly or you can read it a bit more
deeply I just, I could even recommend you doing both but they are beautiful and
now my tummy’s growling I hope you can’t hear that because I don’t want to refilm. So those were the Graceling books if you read them just talk to me in the
comments that would be absolutely lovely and let me know what you thought and if
you haven’t. Would you like to read them? and let me know why, if there was
anything that I said that was coherent enough for you to get an interest in
these books. Just generally just talk to me in the comments. Thank you so, so, much
for watching I hope that you have a great day and I hope to see you in
another video hopefully relatively soon Bye