The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson ~ Review by Fallon

5 Out of 5 Stars

Author Description:

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.

Fallon's Review:

I am so happy I picked up The Crown of Embers after a blogger friend told me you have to finish this series. I could not put it down. I felt like Elisa's story was done and she had lost everything after The Girl of Fire and Thorns and I am so happy that I read this and was proven wrong. Rae Carson's writing is so gripping and unique. She builds this unique fantasy world that challenges greats like Lord of The Rings. 

Elisa is strong in so many ways but she can not seem to find the strength to follow her own heart. Unsure if a Queen really is ever allowed to follow her heart in matters of love. She is forced into trying to marry to form an alliance for the benefit of her country. Some who are close are seeking to plot against her and steel her throne.  So she sets out in secret to find a way to secure her place on the throne.

This is a fantastic story of discovering love even if you were not searching. Rae Carson painted a beautiful world for us to get lost in. The world building is so visually remarkable I feel I have  every aspect of this kingdom and beyond imprinted in my mind. If you love a great fantasy novel then this book is for you. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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