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 trail 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.
©2012 Rae Carson (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
Review originally posted at YA Love
Audiobook Review: I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns traditionally and absolutely loved it. Besides enjoying the narrator, the main reason I decided to listen to The Crown of Embers is because I don’t always like reading books in the middle of a series during the school year; most times I’d rather read a stand alone or the beginning of a series. I often save series continuations or endings for the summer when I feel like I have more freedom to read what I want, when I want. Anyway, I very much enjoyed Jennifer Ikeda as a narrator for this story. I honestly don’t know if I’ll read the third book traditionally or as an audio now that I’ve experienced both. What I liked most about listening to The Crown of Embers is being able to hear the correct pronunciations of names and places. I never knew how to pronounce Ximena while I was reading the first book, and of course, I was pronouncing it wrong. Jennifer Ikeda does a nice job bringing a different voice to each character and really bringing Elisa’s character to life.
Book Review: I love this series. Rae Carson is such a talented fantasy author. I can’t wait to read book three, but I’m even more excited to see what other worlds and stories she’ll write in the future. I love her use of imagery and pacing. Picturing the setting comes easily as does imagining the characters.
I can’t write this review without bringing up the relationship between Elisa and Hector. It’s such a strong friendship in the beginning and now it’s blossoming into something more. Even when Elisa was in love with Humberto, I was hoping she would recognize Hector as more than a guard. Their relationship might be a new favorite YA romance for me. Hector is so honorable and strong and Elisa is finally beginning to gain some self-confidence and strength. They’re a great match.
The Crown of Embers is a bit slower than The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but I think that’s because so much more of the story is building. Elisa is maturing and really finding herself as a carrier of the Godstone and also as a queen. We’re also learning more about the Godstone and we’re learning more about the realm. I’m excited to see where all of this build-up is going to take us in book three, especially with an ending like we have in this book! The ending is bittersweet, but it also left me feeling proud of Elisa.
Overall, I can’t recommend this series enough. I included The Girl of Fire and Thorns as a fantasy option in my YA II class and the majority of my students who chose it loved it. Many of them went on to read The Crown of Embers because they loved Elisa and her story so much.
I've recommended it to multiple friends!
The little prince. But he's not in this one much.
Yep! Rae Carson did it again! She’s written another phenomenal book in her Fire and Thorns trilogy. I can’t say that The Crown of Embers was better than The Girl of Fire and Thorns because TGoFaT first introduced me to this fascinating fantasy world Rae Carson created with all of its exciting and crazy things, but there were some things about TCoE that I did like better than TGoFaT.
First of all, the ending to The Crown of Embers sucks! Hardcore!!! But at the same time, there is something else entirely that Elisa does in the end that totally rocks! What an ending!
I feel like this is going to be a really short review because I think pretty much anything I’d say would be a spoiler. One of the things I especially loved about this book was trying to discover who Elisa can trust and who she couldn’t. There were also some really hard decisions that Elisa had to make in this book, decisions that both horrified me and delighted me. There is one particular decision that Elisa makes that totally horrified me, but I was even more shocked that the other characters around her were actually supportive of her decision…like she made the right one! But then I found this other really tough, pressing decision Elisa has to make quite funny…even though it’s completely obvious (at least to me!) what particular decision Elisa just needs to make, without question!
Do I sound like I’m talking in riddles? This is the only way I feel like I can express my thoughts while doing my best to refrain from revealing spoilers.
I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to read more about the little prince in this book because he is one of my favorite characters in this series. But we do get some more of Hector in this book and I’m swooning hardcore!
The end has a pretty SUCKY, awesome cliffhanger but I wasn’t very surprised. And I just know that the last book in Rae’s Fire and Thorns trilogy The Bitter Kingdom will be fabulous because TCoE ended in a way that the last book in the series can only be amazing! TCoE is a book I’m for sure going to be pimping to everyone.
OH! And BTW…I listened to both The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers on audio, and the audios are fabulous! I’ve already recommended them to a few friends and they also loved the audios too.
What a great book! Carson has created a world that excites the imagination and a story that stirs the soul. Elisa, the main character, captures the ambiguity of adolescence perfectly in her main character. She wove the internal maturation of her main character realistically into a wonderfully exciting story. This is a wonderful that is just as exciting as The Hunger Games, or even Twilight but far more meaningful.
"The Crown of Embers" is so well crafted that it could easily stand alone. In the Second book of the Fire and Thorns trilogy, Elisa must face a far more formidable foe than an advancing army. She must face her own desires. The most recent offering from Rae Carson doesn’t disappoint. While evading trained assassins and seeking the source of power for her Godstone, Elisa battles her growing love for Hector, the commander of her guard. Carson does a fantastic job bringing their love to life without either trivializing or inflating these powerful teen emotions.
I picked up the audio book version after reading the first book. Sometimes that can be a problem. I usually have a sound or tone in my head after reading a book. However, in this case, the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, sounded exactly the way I imagined.
This is truly a book that parents and teens can experience together and talk about for a long time. What a great book for a summer road trip!
I completely intend to listen again prior to the release of book 3! It is a spectacular story (Rae Carson is an excellent world builder) and an exceptionally done audiobook.
Elisa is my favorite because of her strength and the fact that she's a true YA heroine!
The ability to read while driving. I am VERY often irritated with the cadence of narrators' voices, but Ikeda is splendid. I forgot sometimes that I WAS listening instead of reading!
Magic Belly Bling.
Rae Carson has done an amazing job with this series. It leaves you wanting more and and dying to start the next book. On to book number three!!!!
The story is well written and I have never had a book leave my stomach in so many knots. I could wait to hear what would happen next to Elisa! Jennifer Ikeda is an excellent narrator (as always) and really brings the characters to life. I can't wait to listen to the series again!!
This is my 2nd time listening to this book. I've read the entire trilogy and like all of these books. Each has a good storyline. I appreciate how Elisa grows and matures. And she is always intelligent. I appreciate that she makes good decisions instead of being a ditzy girl.
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