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The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Friday, November 9, 2012
The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)

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.

Goodreads Summary

If you've read the first book of this series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, you'll absolutely LOVE the second. The plot starts immediately and pulls the reader into the action.  Elisa’s now Queen of the country she fought for and everything should be better now, right? Wrong. Her people don't trust her and she ends up fighting for her new country once again.
Let me start by saying: Oh. Em. Gee. The main character, Elisa, is once again a strong female lead and will captivate her audience. It is hard not to root for Elisa; she truly loves the people she has been chosen to watch out for. The love interests don't disappoint either. Love is in the air and the reader will enjoy the constant flux in the relationships. Elisa has a bit of a love triangle.  The love triangle does not take forever to conclude, the reader will not have to wonder who Elisa chooses. The book has plenty of twists and turns... SOME of them are easy to figure out, but that doesn't matter because the ride to get there is pleasant. Nothing about the book is boring or slow, each page has something to offer.
I recommend reading the first book instead of getting into the second immediately. If the reader takes a look at other reviews, he/she will see that many say this book is better than the first and I have to agree. This makes me wonder what the third book will bring. It's a trilogy, so I'm not happy it's going to end soon. More of Elisa and Hector!

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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  1. So agree with your review. I LOVED this too. And the romance was done so well.

  1. I just got a copy of this book and I can't wait to read it! The first book was very good although the ending was a little rushed. I'm excited to see where this book picks up.

  1. Kayley said...:

    I'm glad you liked it so much! I loved THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, but haven't read CROWN OF EMBERS yet.