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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062026518
ISBN-13: 978-0062026514
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Read my review: The Girl Of Fire And Thorns
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 both foreign realms and 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 the trail of long-forgotten--and forbidden--clues from the deep, undiscovered catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her goes a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man who--despite everything--she is falling in love with.

If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

This book was even better than the first one! I loved every minute of it. The Crown of Embers was four hundred and nine pages long, and I read it in forty-eight hours. That is very quick for me. I cannot express to you how great, of a fantasy writer Rae Carson is. She reminds me so much of Kristin Cashore, author of Graceling series.

The main character Elisa is just an awesome character. She is strong, passionate and honest. Yet, Elisa wants to find love again, after her husband (the King) dies in book one. Hector, Ximena, Mara and Belen were back as well. Rae Carson is so great at telling a story. She is excited about this series, this is evident. Elisa is such a strong female lead, she is seventeen and a queen. She is chased down, hunted, and many attempts on her life, in The Crown of Embers. Hector is her main protector, the Lord Commander of the Royal Guard. He has such a hard job, for many want Queen Elisa dead. Let me just say, if you enjoyed Fire by Kristin Cashore... WAIT... what I'm really saying, is that if you really enjoyed "Brigan" from Fire... You are going to love Hector. He was so sweet, determined, protective and down right romantic. Yes, that is my type of lead male role. He was strong, yet knew his place with his queen. Elisa goes on a journey, kinda like Kelsey in the Tigers Curse series, Elisa is put to the test. This is a very nail biting adventure, but worth every minute.

There is a lot of action, romance, tension, deceptions, and betrayal, haha and romance again . This series has it all. I love this series, just for the main lead Elisa, she is wonderful, inspiring and kick-butt! Start with The Girl of Fire and Thorns today! If you have already, don't hesitate, to dive into the sequel, it's better than the first!


Profanity - mild
Sexual - mild
Violence - moderate

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  1. I totally loved this too. But I didn't read it as quick as you. Thanks for the great review.

  2. I loved The Girl Of Fire and Thorns! I can't wait to get my hands on this! I'm so happy the this book is as great as the first. Wonderful review!
    DeAnna Schultz


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