The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
It’s busy, and a little confusing, but not ugly, and definitely not a generic “fancy dress” cover (even though a fancy dress would have been justified in this instance). Also, points for sticking with a theme; the style is the same as the first book’s cover.
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.
This volume is the second of a planned trilogy, and Vol.3 can’t come fast enough for me! That cliffhanger….!!!!!
It’s Twue Wuv! I love this series so much that I just might marry it. Were it to ask me, that is.
High Fantasy! For all the plethora of paranormal romance in Teen fiction today, there’s a dearth of real high fantasy, with fully developed worlds and quests and true heroism. Elisa, Hector, and their friends satisfy that description.
Hector! Who should look something like this in the hypothetical movie! I don’t want to say too much here, but trust me, he’s one of my favorite things.
Mystery and Intrigue! Plots and Double-Crossing! Lots of Scary, Exciting Events! And Elisa has to play Veronica Mars, because her country, place on the throne, and even her life, depend on figuring this stuff out!
I fell in love with the first book, as this is a rare YA high fantasy with a truly complex, yet strong, female protagonist. I love Elisa and the way she struggles to overcome her self-doubt, issues with food, and confusion about her role in life. Her thoughts and feelings are perfectly true-to-life. This second book only made me love her story more! She’s moved on from where she was, but still sometimes struggles with the same issues (as is natural). The stakes are bigger this time–her whole world is in danger, and she has to balance the attempt to save the world with her attempt to hold on to her kingdom, all while trying to figure out if there’s a suitable marriage candidate whom she can actually stomach. I would recommend this series wholeheartedly to anyone who loved the Graceling books, as well as to anyone who (like me) loved the Graceling world, yet had major issues with the execution. Carson’s writing is smoother than Cashore’s, without feeling too smooth or fake.