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Book Review: The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)

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Author: Rae Carson

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Summary: 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.

Review: Again, Carson does a wonderful job with tension. Her scenes are very focused, as is the dialogue. This book is nothing but action! And oh the tension between Elisa and Hector. 

Carson has setup an a great war from the first book. Now she moves us towards Elisa’s destiny. She has realized that she has strength within herself but has yet to discover how to use that strength and power to not only become a great queen but to fulfill that prophecy that’s been set upon since birth. 

Recommendation: READ!!

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Book Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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Author: Rae Carson

Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Summary: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Review: Oh the tension!! Rae Carson is a magician when it comes to tension! She has done an incredible job building the need for answers from page one. She doesn’t lack in the middle either. Elisa goes through a lot in each chapter. The best way to describe it is: What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger!

I love how Carson used perception to build how Elisa saw herself. As soon as she started to have faith in herself, others perceptions stopped having such a control over her. This is a great message to EVERYBODY! I also love love love the action! Carson has created an amazingly stronger female character! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the trilogy has in store!

Recommendation: READ!!

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