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The Crown of Embers (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 1)

The Crown of Embers (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rae Carson
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Princess Elisa is back! And in a tale that's bigger and badder than ever for fans of Kristin Cashore.

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In charge of a country. With a destiny to fulfil and a love that's beginning to bloom . . . Elisa's life is about to become more complicated than ever before. CROWN OF EMBERS combines adventure, a great heroine and brilliant storytelling.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575099194
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096BJ25S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Elisa, Queen Regnant of Joya d'Arena, has defeated the invading armies of Invierne. However, she finds ruling her new nation difficult. An outsider from another land, her commands are not respected and she faces challenges from both the nobility and the masses, whose taxes must pay for the rebuilding of the country. Elisa must also face down a renewed threat from Invierne. Defeated on the battlefield, they now play a game of misinformation and intrigue, with assassins stalking the rooftops of Elisa's capital. In the midst of this Elisa discovers a vital clue to the origins of the magic of her Godstone, but dare she leave the capital in the hands of her rivals to pursue this quest?

The Crown of Embers is the sequel to Fire and Thorns and is the middle volume of a trilogy. Like its predecessor, the book is an easy, light read but is unfortunately rather less successful. Whilst the first book featured a solid, eventful plot which unfolded with focused conciseness (a relief from the too-many flabby epic fantasies around), this second book is comparatively uneventful and repetitive. There are several assassination attempts, which are foiled. Elisa angsts over how to rule her kingdom more effectively, to no conclusion. She angsts who whom she should marry for the good of the kingdom, to no conclusion. She moons over a potential love interest, even in the middle of a dire assassination attempt. Rinse and repeat.

These problems are confounded by regressive characterisation of the lead: Elisa evolved, in a standard but nevertheless reasonably-well-handled way, from coddled princess to warrior leader in the first book. In this second volume she seems to lose all of the confidence and skills gained in the first book and becomes a lame duck ruler, unable to assert her authority.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown of Embers 7 Nov 2012
Elisa is now Queen, however, no one is taking her seriously but her personal guard Hector. With her enemies stirring, she has to go on a perilous mission to discover the power of her Godstone. I did not think this was possible but this book is even better than the first with everything from romance to action. This book ends on such a cliff-hanger that I want to read the next book sooo bad.
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Elisa is so different from the same usual strong heroine we see in most fantasy novels. She's not beautiful or especially gifted, other than that she was born with a God- stone , of which she has been kept ignorant of her whole life. What really intrigues me is the setting and cultures of the two warring races of peoples. Our heroes are the dark haired dark eyed people of a gentle nature in a surrounding that is much like an Arabian desert . While the enemy are the tall pale skinned, fair hair power hungry (sorcery) ones. In a very refreshing way the author creates the surrounding s so well you feel transported into the hot sun, smelling coconut honey scones and fresh mangoes. I felt the urge to travel and ride a camel! A great adventure, as well as spiritually inspiring
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elisa 19 Jun 2013
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This second book was as good as the first and again I could not put it down. In fact i got so engrossed in Elisa's story that I did not realise that I had reached the end of the book, and now i have to wait for the next book to be published. Any idea when?
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 27 Oct 2012
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LOVED IT, a fast paced second in the series, Elisa is challenged with well meaning helpers, uncertain future, a hidden crush and battling the unknown whilst trying to save her friends and her kingdom, really nicely written - can't wait for the next one as couldn;t put this one down!
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