The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)
By Rae Carson
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
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The Crown of Embers was such an awesome sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. The Elisa I couldn’t stand in book 1 was completely gone. And while she still second guessed some of her decisions as queen, she did so in a way that seemed less attributed to lack of self esteem and more legitimately not knowing if her decisions were good for the country. She was so much more mature and willing to do what was necessary.
Elisa managed to find some allies and people she trusted. Despite her losses in book one, she was still willing to open herself up and trust. She was eager to lead, eager to do what was necessary as one of the bearers of the Godstone. What defeated the army in the first book was no longer a solution as the other Godstones were tapped out. But as wave after wave of attack or secret plot threatened her, she knew she had to embark on a new path.
The Crown of Embers did not suffer from the dreaded second-book-syndrome. Elisa was so much stronger, yet still vulnerable. I loved watching her lead, rule, and make difficult decisions. She was unconventional and a tad reckless, but she wasn’t naive about it like she was in the first book. I loved watching her feelings for Hector unfold as impossible choices had to be made. She had so much farther to go as a developed queen and I love seeing it happen. I cannot wait for the next book!
I recommend The Crown of Embers and I think the series will be a good one and I can’t wait to see how it ends. Now that I am where I am, I think I can even appreciate Elisa’s beginnings in book one.