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The Crown of Embers (Fire & Thorns Trilogy Book 2) by [Carson, Rae]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in Fire & Thorns Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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"There are books you like, and books you love, and then there are the ones that make you go past 'love' and straight into, 'I think I may need to marry this book.' The Crown of Embers was that type of book for me. I adored it."--Rachel Hawkins, author of the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series

"Rae Carson has proved she's a master and has shaken up the YA genre. . . . Nothing is held back."--USA Today

Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: "Fans of Tamora Pierce's "Beka Cooper" series will find a kindred spirit in Elisa as she experiences great adversity and heart-wrenching loss."--School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: "Carson's mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters, and surprising twists add up to a page-turner with broad appeal."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

There are books you like, and books you love, and then there are the ones that make you go past love and straight into, I think I may need to marry this book. The Crown of Embers was that type of book for me. I adored it. --Rachel Hawkins, author of the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series"

Rae Carson has proved she s a master and has shaken up the YA genre. . . . Nothing is held back. --USA Today"

Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Fans of Tamora Pierce s Beka Cooper series will find a kindred spirit in Elisa as she experiences great adversity and heart-wrenching loss. --School Library Journal (starred review)"

Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Carson s mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters, and surprising twists add up to a page-turner with broad appeal. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns: William C. Morris Award FinalistAndre Norton Award Finalist"Romantic, lush, and thought provoking."--Booklist

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096BJ25S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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This is the third time that I've read this book and for some reason I'm only leaving a review now, which is crazy because it's a great book. I realised What a strange premise for a story when I tried to explain this to my girlfriends, but a gripping one nonetheless and well written. I never expect a high standard of writing in some books sold at kindle but, this is really good. Interesting plot and brilliantly intense and tension filed love story which is always fun. Recommend to readers who liked the assassins's curse and the throne of glass.
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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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