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The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  17,912 ratings  ·  1,990 reviews
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
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
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Jun 15, 2011 Rae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I just finished drafting this! And I'm celebrating by giving it five stars, dang it.
Veronica Roth
Love interest swoon factor of 10. (Out of 10.) *fans self* Damn.
Katie Bucklein
Holy cheeseballs covered in roly polies. I can't form a coherent thought after finishing this book this morning. I will say that I was distracted ALL DAY at school because of the feelings pulsing through me after gobbling this book up. I just. I can't. I don't.


There were so many times I wanted to smack all the characters! But thank GOD Elisa does what she does at the end, even if she does a certain other thing before then that makes her do the certain thing that
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I have to admit, I am a little upset. Not because of the cliffhanger ending, but because I was expecting one and it never came. Seriously. I pre-ordered this book and have been staring at it longingly on my shelves for MONTHS, refusing to be subject to a terrible, heart-wrenching cliffhanger, only to have an ending that leaves me jumping up and down for joy, completely satisfied and happy. Needless to say, we all need to re-affirm our definition of a cliffhanger ending.

Does Cro
Jodi Meadows
I've now read THE CROWN OF EMBERS twice. If I could give it another five stars, I would. Being on my "books I love beyond reason" shelf will have to suffice.

Because I do love it beyond reason.
Females! Young-adult females! And males, too, I suppose - drop what you're reading and check this series out. Or finish what you're reading and then check it out, as Rae Carson has come into her own with The Crown of Embers. Similar to the Mortal Instruments trilogy, the first book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy (The Girl of Fire and Thorns) didn't win me over, but its sequel did. Boy, it did.

In The Crown of Embers Elisa continues her quest to fulfill the duty given to her by her Godstone. As qu
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
Apr 23, 2013 Sarah Terese *Kili!* rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Well, if you liked the first one, give it a go. I guess.
Oh no. Here I am again. The odd one out. The one person who just didn't like this book.
More of a review to come...

WARNING! SARCASM AND MILD HUMOR TO COME!! STEER CLEAR IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC!! Sorry about that. I've learned that sometimes you have to set up these little disclaimers for the "die-hard-fans-of-books" who will attack you for giving a book a bad review. Am I not allowed to have opinions here anymore? Are we suddenly living in "dystopian fiction" world? Because I threw that world

While this sequel wasn't as intense as the first one, I still enjoyed it just as much.
Elisa was just as strong of a heroine as she was in the first book. I loved the romance between Hector and Elisa. I was actually wary of Hector just because of how much I loved Humberto...But Hector isn't one of those male characters that tries to take the other love interest's place. His relationship with Elisa was totally different than Humberto's and that's something
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
What a difference the introduction makes. I'll admit that the first time around, I abandoned this book because I could not get past the beginning. Ok, Elisa almost dies several times, her country is in chaos, but they are the most boring murder attempts/civil unrest possible. I don't think it's the writing, it's just tossing events after events at us with little character development that made the beginning intolerable for me, however action-packed it was.

However, past page 90 is where the book
Brigid (is a massive coffee addict)
Jun 13, 2014 Brigid (is a massive coffee addict) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who love confident and intelligent heroines
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Crown of Embers by Rae Carson Review

Holy Fuck, a book without insta-love! There must be a blue moon or something, right?


Rae Carson may be one of the few authors of Young Adult fiction I love most. Here’s why: she doesn’t slut shame, she doesn’t write insta-love, she writes realistic character development, and she has the heroine save herself instead of the male lead swooping in.

But, she also does something I feel was quite brave: she created a story line that has a big influence on r
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I love fantasy. I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I desperately wanted to read The Crown of Embers and be blown away, like I was with The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Was I? Oh, hells yeah. Abso-freaking-lutely, I was! It was amazing and perfect and captivating and when I was reading, the rest of the world dropped away and I had eyes only for this book. (Seriously, I looked up that first night while reading and realized that everyone in my house had already gone to bed, and it was nearing midnigh ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
I put off reading The Girl of Fire and Thorns for quite a while, and was schooled on that when I read it and loved it. What actually spurred me was that I borrowed an ARC of The Crown of Embers, so I was lucky to finish the first and immediately begin the second. This sequel absolutely did not disappoint! I just might have loved it more than the first, it's that good.

We saw Elisa grow up so immensely in The Girl of Fire and Thorns that it's hard to believe she has any left to do, but boy does sh
Stephanie • No BS Book Reviews
Me. At the end. of this book:

A PLAGUE UPON YOUR HOUSE, RAE CARSON. <--Said with Love, adoration, and appreciation.

You know that feeling when you're reading a book, and you just know that it is literary gold? Yeah, this was it. THIS is it. This series is byfar one of the best written I have EVER...EVER read. This book was real. The characters were real, their situations were believable, the risk, the loss, the love, the fear, the joy, the pain, the EMOTION, REAL. I am wholeheartedly invested
Faye, la Patata
;_; I wish I wrote this myself. SO GOOD!!! My feels for Hector and Elisa are all over the place. I think I reread one scene more than ten times while I imagined myself in Elisa's shoes... ahhhhhhh where is my Hector?!
OMGosh I am DYING OVER THIS COVER!! So excited to get my hands on this one, the first book was AMAZING!! :D
I've been on a fantasy kick lately and I enjoyed this book. It was a good story, a good plot, well-written, depth of character, and so on.

However, I am not a big fan of nuts in my brownies. I have nothing against nuts in general, nor do I have a problem with people who like nuts in their brownies. I just really don't like biting into a delicious brownie only to discover a hidden nut. It ruins the whole brownie experience for me.

I read a lot of young adult fiction because that is what my kids li
Ash Wednesday
Nov 27, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Elizabeth I

My head swims, my limbs tingle, and I'm a little bit delighted, a little bit horrified.

I wasn't exactly disappointed but I was definitely expecting something else. Maybe it's because Girl of Fire and Thorns took me by surprise with a strong and sharp second half but this… this felt like it plateaued for me when the zafira storyline got introduced. It was like my interest in the bigger story arc was out of sync with my interest in the pr
Book perfection. The End.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Elisa struggles with being a strong leader for a kingdom that’s falling apart. Meanwhile she starts to fall in love with her most loyal and trustworthy friend.

Opening Sentence: My entourage of guards struggles to keep pace as I fly down the corridors of my palace.

The Review:

Elisa has come home a war hero, but the glory is short lived. After an animagus displays an unimaginable warning to the queen, death has been stalking Elisa night and da
On the surface, there is a lot to like about The Crown of Embers. The writing flows nicely, the book is not as lengthy as most fantasy novels, and the main character undergoes an identity crisis of sorts, struggling to reconcile the things she desires most with her duties as Queen and the bearer of the Godstone.

What went wrong? A lot.

One issue is that the author attempts to create an epic forbidden romance - and fails. The reasons Hector and Elisa cannot be together are weak. Elisa is propositio
The Crown of Embers is by far one of my favorite books of the year, and Rae Carson is well on her way to being one of my favorite authors. Rae started her writing career with a bang with The Girl of Fire and Thorns, which I absolutely loved. It was great to see a YA fantasy deal with issues of self-image and self-empowerment. Elisa was a strong, compelling, and loveable heroine, who was kickass even though she didn't always know it. In The Crown of Embers we return to Elisa's world a few months ...more

-The storyline was a tad predictable, it was obvious who was trying to kill Elisa and the reason they wanted her out of the way — yet Elisa and co didn't do anything, even though they pretty much knew what was going on. I felt it was a bit unrealistic that everyone turned against Elisa so soon after she saved their country from the Inviernos/animagus. There should have been more loyalty and gratitude, at least for a little while — but everyone was plotting against her straight away.

-I fo
4.5 stars, I think. I really, really enjoyed this. Better than GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, even. I couldn't put it down, and it made me tingle with emotion! BUT... no 5 stars, because it didn't make me cry.

- Elisa's continued evolution and maturity
- Hectorrrrrrr!
- The writing -- very smooth and visual. Evocative.
- The worldbuilding. And the hint that there are things Elisa has yet to learn, as well as things she's been mis-taught. I can't wait for THE BITTER KINGDOM!!

Didn't love:
- Slightly ant
Quelles émotions! Une histoire pleine d'évasion, de magie, de bravoure et d'amour, c'était tellement intense pour mon petit cœur, je me suis régalée! Elisa est tellement courageuse et intelligente, même si elle a ses moments de doute et d'inconscience, et l'évolution de ses sentiments est tellement touchante.
Franchement, la meilleure série que j'ai lue cette année!
Je tremble d'excitation pour la fin de cette trilogie!
"man she is falling in love with"
omg omg is it who i think it is? I hope its Hector because i love that guy and was so sad he got shafted in book 1 ><. PLEEASE let it be Hector!
Jen Ryland
I'm not a big fantasy reader, so I always open fantasy books feeling a little bit grumbly. Crown of Embers starts with a dramatic bang, then I had to remember what had been going on in book one -- there isn't much recap, and it took me a few chapters to orient myself.

But then, WOW -- I was hooked. Suddenly, all the reasons I loved Girl of Fire and Thorns came rushing back to me, and I read through breakfast and forgot to take a shower.

One of my favorite things about Girl of Fire and Thorns was i
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4.5/5 Stars

Warning: This reviews contains spoilers for Bk #1, The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

You guys I was such a fan of Rae Carson's 2011 debut The Girl of Fire and Thorns (read my review HERE.) It amazed me, it destroyed me, it made me feel ALL the emotions. I have been anxiously awaiting the sequel, excited because I wasn't really sure what lay ahead for Elisa (the conclusion of The Girl of Fire and Thorns was WAY open ended) and apprehensive b
Though I had enjoyed Girl of Fire and Thorns a great deal, I had rather forgotten to anticipate this series. No doubt due to the onslaught of releases within this genre. But I recently found myself yearning for a fantasy escape to far off fictional lands that promise tales of adventure, love, intrigue and phenomenal characters, when I happened upon Bitter Kingdom. I quickly realized I had neglected to read Crown of Embers and was immediately thrilled with the prospect of reading not one, but two ...more
Well, I definitely liked the first book more than this one. While this one was overall okay, it had a few things that just rubbed me the wrong way. I thought Elisa was a little less likable in this one. The first half of the book she has reverted back to her old self. She is indecisive, lets everyone boss her around and seems to be floundering as queen. It seems the only time she is strong and sure of herself is when she is not acting as queen. Anyway, the first half was just okay. The second ha ...more
If you read my review of the first book in this trilogy, you know that I liked many things about the premise but was underwhelmed by others. Luckily, The Crown of Embers delivered in a big way. It’s a great story of growth, hardship, lessons learned and an awesome romance. The ending is AMAZING and I’m so glad I have the ARC of The Bitter Kingdom (feel free to envy me) because I was able to start it right away.

In this sequel, Elisa is the Queen of Joya d’Arena but her problems have multiplied si
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I write books about teens who must do brave things. I'm originally from California, but I moved to Ohio to marry my husband, who is the smartest and therefore sexiest man I know. We live in Columbus with my teenaged stepsons, who are awesome. My books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. I especially love to write about que ...more
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