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Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns (HarperCollins, 2011), several months have passed since Elisa, through the power of her Godstone, destroyed the invading animagi sorcerers. Although the forces of Invierne were successfully driven back, the outer perimeter of the city still burns. Elisa is now queen of Joya d'Arena, and the crown is proving to be a heavy burden in more ways than one. The Inviernos still seek to capture her to manipulate the power of the Godstone she bears. There is massive civil unrest, and there are those at court who seek to undermine her rule. Although her husband has only been dead a few months, she is being pressured to remarry to secure an alliance with one of the noble houses in the kingdom. After several attempts are made on her life, she sets off on a perilous quest that is part of the fulfillment of her destiny as the bearer. As in the first book, Elisa's narration conveys a sense of immediacy. Carson has created vivid, palpable settings and complex multifaceted characters, and delivers a fast-paced novel that is emotionally charged, suspenseful, and filled with plot twists. The cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment of this series, which will especially appeal to fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce.-Francesca Burgess, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"A superb fantasy built around an exceptional heroine." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Carson has created vivid, palpable settings and complex multifaceted characters, and delivers a fast-paced novel that is emotionally charged, suspenseful, and filled with plot twists." -School Library Journal
"This sequel is even better than its predecessor." -The Horn Book
“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:William C. Morris Award FinalistAndre Norton Award Finalist“Romantic, lush, and thought provoking.” (Booklist)
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))
This review is for the whole series, which I thoroughly enjoyed, including the extra novellas.
It was the first book that grabbed my interest from page one for quite some... Read more
Great fun read. I'll read all of the series. I think it's written forYA. made me feel younger!!Published 5 days ago by Peggy Amy-Carriere
Everyone needs to read this book!!! Men. Women. Adults. Children. It is honestly perfect for anyone. Not inappropriate, a little bit of love. A LOT of action. Some Self discovery. Read morePublished 7 days ago by V.simms
Eeep! This book was just as amazing as the first one, if not better!!
After tragedy has struck the kingdom Elisa, and after everything both her and her Kingdom have lost... Read more
I like. Reading books that have a female protagonist… I did not expect to like this series and I found that I really did because of all the challenges and growth that heroine... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa C. Davis
What a wonderful weaving of suspense and magic and friendship and love. Seeing Elisa grow into her throne is a treat and I can't wait for the final installmentPublished 1 month ago by Purduenurse98
I'm so glad I found this series after the third book had been released. Now I don't have to wait for the ending. Hector is a wonderful hero and Elisa a vivid "bearer" and queen. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy Kohn
Read it. Love it. Buy it. Nothing else is required for me to say but it's making me. The. End.Published 2 months ago by Courtney Stock