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The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Rae Carson

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Title:The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns)
Authors:Rae Carson
Info:Greenwillow Books (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 416 pages
Collections:Library Books
Rating:*****
Tags:YA, Fantasy

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The Crown of Embers is the second book in a series and picks up where [The Girl of Fire and Thorns] ends. At seventeen years old, Elisa is a hero and a queen with enemies at every side, a war scarred kingdom to rebuild, an army to raise, and the truth about her godstone and destiny to figure out — not to mention choosing a prince consort to marry and ensure her countries stability.

Though this is clearly a middle book, strung between the beginning and the end, it was better than the first book. The story opens just a few months after a battle and things seem almost cheery and hopeful, but the ease is quickly ripped away when an assassin comes for Elisa during her birthday procession, causing a rippling effect of panic and riots throughout her kingdom. This is immediately followed by a succession of bloody near-death incidents, court intrigues, and difficult decision making that leaves me never wanting to be the ruler of any country EVER. Elisa grew a lot in the first book and here we see her grow even more as she tries to figure out just what it means to be a queen and rule.

Like the first book, there is also a love story and this, too, was a more interesting story to me, more grown up and more complicated. Her reasons behind holding back are understandable; she's a queen, she must show propriety in all her actions, and she must choose a partner who will help consolidate her power. Love has little to do with marriage in her world.

Altogether a solid story and I can't wait to read the final book. ( )
  andreablythe | Dec 17, 2014 |
This volume in the "Girl of Fire and Thorns" series is just as strong of an entry as is the first book. Full of adventure, romance, and sorcery, the heroine is a standout character that makes you want to keep reading long after other duties and the rest of your life is calling. The author of this series has managed to put life into a fairly standard swords and sorcery fantasy series by creating a heroine who is believable. While fairly standard fantasy fare in some respects, the author has also managed to include topics of relevance to current real life situations that is not subtle but not heavy handed either. Subjects such as birth control, when and how to use it, are dealt with, as is homosexuality, and the rift that often occurs between mother and daughter and other authority figures in the life of a teen. This series is a great good fun read and this volume is not a weak middle installment in the series. ( )
  benitastrnad | Nov 19, 2014 |
A strong sequel to the Girl of Fire and Thorns. Elisa now struggles to rule the kingdom she has inherited and to follow her destiny as a bearer of a Godstone. She's also not quite certain how to handle her attraction to Hector, her personal guard. Elisa clearly has a lot to learn about herself in this book, but the danger and intrigue which surround her make for interesting reading. Fun reading, recommended for fans of YA fantasy. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Sep 13, 2014 |
4.5 stars. I think this is a great addition to the series. I will definitely keep reading. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
You know those books that you desperately want to tear through, but at the same time you know you should pace yourself and savor them so they last as long as possible? All three installments of the Fire and Thorns trilogy were those kinds of books for me. No weak volumes here. From start to finish, Rae Carson had me hanging on her every word. Kristin Cashore’s Graceling still holds top place on my favorites list, but the Fire and Thorns trilogy is definitely way, way up there.

Full review of the trilogy is posted on Erin Reads. ( )
  erelsi183 | Aug 1, 2014 |
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"Hero. Foreigner. Queen. Elisa, at the age of seventeen, is all three. And all three draw enemies. Faced with assassins, court politics, and the threat of civil war, Elisa despairs of being the ruler her people need. Her only hope is the Godstone. She must master its power once and for all. She finds clues hidden in a long forgotten--and forbidden--scripture. Accompanied by a one-eyed warrior, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa takes a leap of faith and crosses an ocean in search of the ultimate source of the Godstone's power. But her faith has always had a price, and doing the right thing might mean giving up the power she desperately needs. And it might mean giving up the man she desperately loves. Rae Carson continues the epic story begun in The Girl of Fire and Thorns with a novel that is remarkable, adventurous, and even more romantic than the first"--… (more)

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