Review: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
September 18, 2012
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.
THE CROWN OF EMBERS is a dazzling follow-up to THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS and I cannot stop thinking about it. Dare I say it’s even better than the first book? The plot thickens in the sequel and readers are given much wanted answers that they’ve been waiting for. It also instills hope in our hearts and hints at a resolution for Elisa and her kingdom. While there are moments that will have readers cringing in fear and despair, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I am eager for the final installment, which if THE CROWN OF EMBERS is any indication, may raise the stakes as high as they can possibly be. Well done, Rae Carson!
Elisa has grown so much since the beginning of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, yet she still has much more to learn about herself and how to be a queen in order to be a successful ruler. She has a ton of pressure on her to be the best, what with her Godstone and all that it means for her life. On top of that, she has to constantly be aware due to her powerful enemies, the Inviernos, and the attempts on her life. I cannot even begin to explain the trials Elisa endures, but they are necessary for everything to finally come to a head for her and transition the readers into Elisa’s new phase to come in the last installment.
I do love a little romance in my books, and it is definitely more prominent in THE CROWN OF EMBERS than the previous novel. While the leading man in this one is different and it’s a little bittersweet considering what happened in the last book, I fully embraced Hector. He is just so manly and perfect and honorable and amazing. He is the most loyal man in Elisa’s world and will do anything to protect her. While there are many obstacles that want to block the way between Elisa and Hector, their love is so fierce and strong that I tried to ignore the possible consequences.
The world building in Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy is incredible. There are so many little details that have to be just right for everything to work and Carson pulls it off perfectly. And she somehow manages to give each of her characters their time in the limelight, no matter that they aren’t really “main characters”. The mystery surrounding the Godstone and the prophecy surrounding Elisa is astounding and I couldn’t get enough of it! Besides that, more characters are introduced that add even more layers to the plot. Basically, THE CROWN OF EMBERS doesn’t have a single flaw.
If you haven’t read THE GIRL OF FIRE OF THORNS, you are missing out big time! And if you have but haven’t yet gotten the time to read THE CROWN OF EMBERS, run to the nearest bookstore and buy this baby! Believe me, you will fall in love all over again.