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
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.
Jennifer Ikeda is just a wonderful reader. She helps the author draw you in and keeps you there.
I love the walk through the waterfall.
Leaf- she really projected his "crazy"
If I didn't have to sleep, I would have, Yes! Oh how I didn't want it to end. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
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!
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