Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson [Review]

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)5 out of 5 Robots!

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: September 18, 2012
Hardcover: 410 Pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone's power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
The Crown of Embers is an awesome followup to The Girl of Fire and Thorns!  Elisa is now queen, but she is not having an easy time with it.  Her country is in disarray and she is constantly thwarted by her council.  They see her as a foreign, naive girl and pressure her to marry.  On top of that, it seems that the Animagus have returned and the threat is greater than ever.

I really loved watching Elisa grow even more in this book.  She starts off consumed with doubt and often second guesses herself.  But by the end, she learns what it means to be a strong ruler and how to stand up for herself.  It is like a coming of age novel wrapped in a fantasy setting.  Oh, and never fear - there is some swoony romance as well.  The other thing I really loved was the action!  It starts off with a bang and then gets really intense near the end.  And a lot of crazy stuff happens in between.  I was riveted almost cover to cover.

If anything, I liked Crown of Embers even more than The Girl of Fire of Thorns.  I like the stronger, wiser Elisa and I like the court intrigue and the new characters.  Rae Carson has done an excellent job with Elisa's journey and I can't wait to see where she finally ends up.  I highly recommend checking this series out.
Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Girl of Fire and Thorns
2. The Crown of Embers

1 comment :

  1. I really enjoyed Girl of Fire and Thorns, Elisa was such an amazing main character, I loved how she wasn't the perfect, beautiful princess, and that she was normal. I'm really excited for this one, it sounds great (and I love when a sequel can overtake the first book!). Great review!



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