Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

The Crown of Embers
Fire and Thorns #2
Paperback, 432 pages
Published by Greenwillow Books
Release Date: August 27th 2013

She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.
Reese's Review:
Eeep! This book was just as amazing as the first one, if not better!!

After tragedy has struck the kingdom Elisa, and after everything both her and her Kingdom have lost she’s sure nothing can get worse. Until it does. Now Elisa is being attacked from all sides, her kingdom, her people, and the killers lurking in the shadows. Now Elisa knows it’s just the beginning and she must set out to try and find anything she can to get the upper hand for this oncoming war.

Elisa is a lot stronger in this story than we’ve seen her in the past. She’s still the smart royal princess from the first book who loves food, prayer, and strategy, but she’s also a girl who has lost a lot. She’s lost her husband and her first love. I loved reading about her coming into her own and learning to stand on her own feet.

I am super excited about the blooming romance in this story. I liked Hector from the first book and now that he’s the front-runner for Elisa’s heart I can’t help but happy dance. Hector is strong, caring, and just an all around amazing character. Even if Elisa wasn’t going to end up with him, which she might I enjoy his character a lot. He does and goes through a lot for Elisa and I really feel they are a perfect match for one another since they have the similar minds and love of country.

I am so glad I am enjoying this series so much. We get new characters and new dangers in this book that we haven’t seen before. We get another amazing journey across the seas where things become even more complicated. Lastly, I feel we get more romance and subtle character growth. Elisa is a lot stronger of a character starting out the second book so I felt we didn’t need to see the major character growth we saw in her from the first book. I enjoyed the adorable yet fan needing romance in this story and I can’t wait to find out what happens since that ending was killer.

I write books about teens who must do brave things. I'm originally from California, but I now live in Arizona with my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about questions I don't know the answers to.

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