Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
This book is an amazing sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and focuses more on the court and politics within Joya d’Arena rather than a war with Invierne. Elisa has many difficulties with ruling a country that she was married into, and many assassination attempts and betrayals prevent her from being the best queen she can be.
Series: Fire and Thorns Trilogy, Book 2
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.
Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.
This book is an amazing sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and focuses more on the court and politics within Joya d’Arena rather than a war with Invierne. Elisa is has many difficulties with ruling a country that she was married into, and many assassination attempts and betrayals prevent her from being the best queen she can be. In addition to growing political tension, many romantic tensions are brewing as well. Elisa attempts to understand her own growing love, while half-heartedly trying to find a suitable husband to rule at her side and offer an alliance with the northern or southern holdings. Finally, Elisa does what she is best at, and goes on a long journey away from home.
This book was similar to The Girl of Fire and Thorns in many ways. The beginning and ending are written very well, with the last few pages summarizing the book and clearing everything up, while leaving you with enough of a cliffhanger to long for the next installment of Elisa’s adventures. The actual climax of the book, and the ending of her journey, seemed too easy and simple compared to the many other challenges she faced on the journey there. However, because of the way Elisa grows and matures as a queen, woman of marrying age, and a person in general, really sets this book above the first.
The Crown of Embers also reminded me of The Crown of Midnight, not only because of the similarities in the titles, but the assassin influence, and the likenesses in her romantic relationships. I would definitely recommend this series for fans of the Throne of Glass, Shadow and Bone, The Assassin’s Curse and Seraphina.