I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
on September 18, 2012
Also by this author: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Bitter Kingdom, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Also in this series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Bitter Kingdom
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA’s best writers of high fantasy.”-Locus Magazine
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.
It was no secret how much I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns last year. It was one of my favorites. So I’ve been anticipating The Crown of Embers for quite some time. I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns really blew me away. It was unlike any fantasy novel I’d ever read. The world is probably one of the most unique and creative I’ve ever come across. Rae Carson took risks that most authors don’t, and they worked. Not to mention that Elisa was just the kind of main character that I love. Her strength and courage in book 1 was incredible to see. Plus, her growth as a character was extraordinary. In The Crown of Embers I felt like she had dimmed a little, because of the even harder situation she was in, but I still loved her so much. She had a lot to overcome in this novel but there’s never any doubt that she would overcome. I also love her wit so much. Elisa is a fabulous main character.
Rae Carson might just be the new queen of slow burn romances. Whoa, did I love that romance. I really loved watching it unfold. I would read certain scenes and then realize I had a big goofy grin on my face. I just really, really loved them. I’m pretty much dying for book 3.
The Crown of Embers was really all I could have asked for in a sequel. The ending almost killed me. No lie. I might die from the wait for the next book. I really can’t recommend the Fire and Thorns trilogy enough, especially to my fellow fantasy nerds. They are utterly fantastic.