Book Review: Crown of Embers

Book Review: Crown of EmbersThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 18th 2012
Pages: 410

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.

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *

Since I finished The Girl of Fire and Thorns, I have been waiting and waiting for The Crown of Embers. I thoroughly enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but I had some serious questions that needed answers.

One of my biggest concerns going into the second installment was the direction that this series headed in. Elisa was queen. She possibly had fulfilled her path. The first book, to a point, seemed so final. Although I wanted more of this world and its characters, I had a hard time picturing what would come next.

All my fears seemed in vain though once I started this read. Believe it or not, The Crown of Embers easily trumped The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I loved, loved Elisa in this installment. She has grown so much since the first book that, at times, it is hard to imagine this simpering girl of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I had a feeling that romance was still in Elisa's future, but the who and how was still left to be discovered. To not spoil the fun, I am not going to go into that. But let's just say, I was extremely pleased. 

Final Verdict: 

The Crown of Embers went above and beyond any expectations that I had for it. Ms. Carson has renewed my love for this series. Giving me higher hopes than I ever imagined. The only downside is that I will have to wait about another year for the next installment.

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3 responses to “Book Review: Crown of Embers

  1. melissa @ 1lbr

    Yes. That’s all I have to say, but it totally lives up to the first one and then some. Thank you, Rae Carson!

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