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The Crown of Embers
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The Crown of Embers
Fire and Thorns Series, Book 2
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"Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA's best writers of high fantasy."—Locus Magazine

The second book in Rae Carson's award-winning and New York Times–bestselling trilogy! Betrayal, love, and untold power fuel the heroic adventure of a seventeen-year-old princess turned warrior-queen. Fans of Kendare Blake and Sarah J. Maas will be riveted.

She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as queen 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 remains uncertain.

To conquer the power she bears, Elisa must journey from the hidden catacombs beneath her own city to treacherous seas and a long-forgotten island. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man with whom—despite everything—she is falling in love. If she's lucky, she'll return. But there will be a cost.

Don't miss Empire of Dreams, Rae Carson's action-packed return to the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, coming in 2020!

"Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA's best writers of high fantasy."—Locus Magazine

The second book in Rae Carson's award-winning and New York Times–bestselling trilogy! Betrayal, love, and untold power fuel the heroic adventure of a seventeen-year-old princess turned warrior-queen. Fans of Kendare Blake and Sarah J. Maas will be riveted.

She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as queen 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 remains uncertain.

To conquer the power she bears, Elisa must journey from the hidden catacombs beneath her own city to treacherous seas and a long-forgotten island. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man with whom—despite everything—she is falling in love. If she's lucky, she'll return. But there will be a cost.

Don't miss Empire of Dreams, Rae Carson's action-packed return to the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, coming in 2020!

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    5.0
  • Lexile:
    730
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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About the Author-
  • Rae Carson is the author of two bestselling and award-winning trilogies. Her debut, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, was named a William C. Morris Award finalist and an Andre Norton Award finalist. Walk on Earth a Stranger was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award and won the Western Writers of American Spur Award. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband. www.raecarson.com

Reviews-
  • DOGO Books jalis - this book is really good this should have been given an award Elisa is a girl with a god stone which posses her to have power
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 30, 2012
    Carson’s sequel to her debut, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, is a superb fantasy built around an exceptional heroine. Just months after leading her adopted country to victory against the sorcerers of Invierne, 17-year-old Queen Elisa has to deal with spies, a possible traitor in the palace, and pressure from her own council to marry or cede power to a regent. Additionally, the Inviernos are back, and they want her to sacrifice herself willingly to them, or they will rain destruction and death on her people. Dodging attempted assassination and kidnapping, Elisa is pulled by the mysterious Godstone embedded in her navel to find the zafira, the soul of the world and the source of its magic, embarking on a gripping journey that ramps up the tension and sets up the finale. Carson avoids the dips that often haunt bridge books: expert pacing and well-drawn characters are masterfully integrated with Elisa’s continued growth as she deals with the shifting political situation, resulting in a dramatic and gratifyingly romantic novel that smoothly follows its predecessor. Ages 13–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2013
    Gr 8 Up-The skirmish with Inviernos is over, but Chosen One Queen Lucero-Elisa's struggles continue. King Alejandro is dead, leaving Elisa sole ruler until Prince Rosario comes of age. Additionally, she has yet to fulfill-or even understand-the destiny that awaits her at the enemy's gates. Surviving Inviernos Animagi covet her godstone's powers, and her own people doubt her ability to fulfill her royal duties. Worse, there's a traitor in her midst. Fleeing both suitors and assassins, and inspired by a forgotten religious text, Elisa embarks on a quest to find the mythical Zafira, the source of her godstone's powers and the gate of life. But this journey won't be easy. In the second book (2012) in her trilogy, Carson proves adept at building beautifully imaginative worlds and populating them with rich and complex characters. Narrator Jennifer Ikeda is equally proficient at bringing these worlds and their inhabitants to life. Unfortunately, this sequel doesn't conjure the same magic as "Girl of Fire and Thorns" (2011, both Greenwillow). Although war is a main plot point, Elisa's attitude towards it feels too detached for one who lost so much. Also, Elisa's overall behavior-indecisive, vulnerable, insecure-seems a step backward from the immense strength she gained in the previous book. The leisurely meandering plot and unresolved sexual tension between Elisa and Hector will likely frustrate action-hungry listeners. A cliffhanger will have listeners awaiting the finale.-"Alissa Bach, Oxford Public Library, MI"

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Rachel Hawkins, author of the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series

    "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."

  • School Library Journal (starred review)

    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."

  • Publishers Weekly (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."

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