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.
I absolutely love this book!!
The character growth of Elisa is quite profound and when she makes up her mind on something, I like that she is assertive. There is quite a few surprises in the book and I enjoy reading the bit where Elisa has her “a-ha” moment: Instead of putting her faith in the power of her Godstone, she chooses to trust herself to come up with new ways to resolve her situation. Isn’t this amazing? It’s a significant moment and I just LOVE Elisa for making this deliberate choice to break free from her identity as the bearer of the Godstone.
I’m delighted to see Hector, Mara, Belén and Ximena in this installment, and while I’m a little disappointed that Cosmé doesn’t make an appearance, I welcome the introduction of new characters. I particularly like Storm – he is not eloquent or showy but in my eyes he’s definitely a man with honorable intentions!
I like that in the story, we get to learn more about the history of the Inviernos. I sort of assumed the Inviernos were the bad guys in book one but now, I’m not so sure anymore. It’s also interesting to see how magic is being used in this installment. Is magic the fastest way to gain access to potent power and prestige? Is magic destructive and life-threatening, or is it creative and regenerative? I like that the story offers some in-depth exploration into the topic – it’s thought-provoking and I love it.
Empowering, exciting and adventurous, The Crown Of Embers is a great sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. As a fan of this series, I can’t wait to get my hands on book three. The Bitter Kingdom will hit the shelves on August 27, 2013.