Title: The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: September 18th 2012
Release date: Greenwillow Books
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You can read my review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns - here
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.
After reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns I couldn´t wait to read the second book of this great trilogy and although the previous book doesn´t have a cliffhanger, I wanted to know what would happen to Elisa now that she is the queen and see where her godstone would take her, because as the bearer of the godstone she needs to do an act of service on his behalf.
In The Crown of Embers, Elisa has no respite, because now as the queen of a nation that is not where she was born, there are people who do not want her in power for not being a native of Joya d'Arena and they consider her just a kid because she is 17 years-old. Besides her enemies The Inviernos, to whom she defeat in the previous book choose a different tactic to take over her kingdom and Elisa herself. So in this book Elisa not only has to fight against foreign enemies (The Inviernos), but she will also have to fight against enemies from her own kingdom and all this between attempts on her life, keeping her people happy, etc.. And with all these problems she manages to fall in love again, but she might not have her happily ever after because she must not follow her heart but her head; she must form an alliance with someone who suits her reign.
In this book we learn more about characters we saw very little in the previous book, as Hector, Mara and Belén, of these my favorite character is Hector, I love him! he´s very loyal, honorable, intelligent, strong and literally will give his life for his queen. He´s everything you expect from a true hero. I'm Team Hector! And we also meet new characters like Storm and this book I don´t know what to think of him.
This book is even better than its predecessor, has a lot more action, romance (yes!), intrigue, betrayal, suspense and has a super-mega cliffhanger. And I cannot wait to read the next and final book of this amazing trilogy. This book is a stunning epic fantasy novel and I highly recommend it.