The Crown of Embers

The Crown of Embers

Book - 2012
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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."
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062026514
Branch Call Number: YA FIC CAR
Characteristics: 410 p. ;,22 cm.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 23, 2017

After reading the first book in this trilogy, A Girl of Fire and Thorns, I decided that this trilogy was your typical fantasy story about a heroine who is under pressure to save the world. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to continue with the series, but I'm glad I did because this sequel is drastically better than the first book of the series. The plot is action-packed and I felt myself constantly wondering what was going to happen next. The main character Elisa has grown incredibly in this book from a simple princess to a strong queen. While the first book felt slightly one-dimensional to me, this sequel feels so much more layered than the first book and I feel myself starting to connect with the characters and the story. Bravo to the author for writing a sequel that is so much stronger than the book before! After that intense ending, I can't wait to get my hands on the last book of this trilogy! Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
- @Lumos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

SaraLovesBooks May 30, 2017

I loved watching Elisa grow and mature in this book. We had seen glimmers of the queen she would become in the first book, but it's not until this book that queen comes to the forefront. She's still uncertain and still learning, but she grows resolute as the odds against her grow. She learns who she can trust, who she can't trust, and what the best path is for everyone. I love Rae Carson's writing. I highly recommend this series.

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mightyminnie
Apr 08, 2017

oh my goodness i loved this book! So glad i stuck with this series now on to the last book i go :)

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

That ending! NO!
Loved this book. Elisa is dealing with the issues involved with being a foreign new ruler (A Queen without a King, no less) such as riots, mutinies, and assassination attempts. She strives through this, though, and through her trials, begins to learn more about her Godstone and what it can do (such as heal herself at a quicker rate than others, and heal fatal wounds of the people she cares about).

Elisa was so amazing in this book! I loved her! I love how Belen redeems himself and becomes her loyal subject, how Mara is the best 'girlfriend' that she could have asked for (seriously, that girl is awesome- she cares so much and is so kind), and how Elisa loves Hector!!! XD OHMYGOSHITOTALLYPREDICTEDIT! SO happy!
Love this series, need the next book!

JCLStefanieE Apr 18, 2015

This book was even more engaging than the first. A continuation of the story which began with "The Girl of Fire and Thorns". More character development, more action, and more romance. Excellent.

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em_lib
Feb 01, 2015

In the midst of assassination attempts and a struggle to consolidate her queenship, Elisa decides to undertake a journey to undersand the source of her magic. The romance (foreshadowed in the previous book) simmers nicely and Elisa spends less time angsting and more time adventuring.

echo3abc Jul 13, 2014

This is an AMAZING book! Rae Carson has written an elaborate tale full of adventure and romance, with unique characters in a magical and traitorous world. Elisa is a strong female champion who grows from a naive princess in the first book, to a wiser queen and woman in this second book. And you will fall in love with the love story, it is that great.

Jennirodriguez Sep 18, 2013

Before i review the book let me just say that after reading the first book i didn't really want to read the rest of the trilogy, boy am i glad i stuck with it. I really enjoyed this book it's definitely is better than the first plot, pace,and story wise. However, i feel as if there wasn't much character development for anyone, while we were introduced to and got to know better some characters this book was lacking in that area. There wasn't much development of Elisa's part however, this book really made me dislike ximena. I do like Hector, but because i would get him and Humberto mixed up in the first one I felt as if there wasn't a big separation from the two and this is just another guy that fell for Elisa as opposed to his own individual character. I really enjoyed how the last chapter is basically build up for the next book and is where i felt the most emotions for Elisa and the story. I did however enjoy how this wasn't just a love at first sight kind of cute love story but rather the Elisa and Hector actually get to know and care for each other. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and to those not sure about continuing on with the series i suggest you do, it gets better.

Monikan21 Aug 24, 2013

Wow- a great 2nd book of the trilogy - even better than the 1st. I love Elisa and Hector. I can't wait to read Bitter Kingdom.

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xMoonCloudx
Aug 16, 2013

This book was really good I couldn't out it down for like half the book!

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Violence: Attempted assassination, mentions of a successful assassinations and killings, character shot with arrow, characters whipped

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Sexual Content: Sexual relations eluded to

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

Elisa, Queen of Joya d'Arena, is dealing with the complications that come with being a ruler, and is forced to suspect her closest advisers as attempts on her life are taken. With knowledge of a hidden power source that could help her rule and firmly establish her position, she finds herself journeying south with those she trusts most- and finds herself in love with one of her closest friends.

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Nymeria23
Jun 08, 2015

“No, no." I motion vaguely. "Relax. Don't look so... guardlike." They drop formation at once, glancing at one another shamefaced. Hector draped an arm around my shoulder as if we were out for a companionable stroll. He leans down and says, "So. Horrible heat we've been having lately.”

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