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Crown of Embers

(The Chosen #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  76 reviews
“If it’s a war she wants, I’ll damn well give her one.”

Kiri Helena Solene may have gotten her Mate back, but that was just the beginning. The battle lines have been drawn and her nemesis has already struck the first blow.

Surrounded by her Circle, Helena’s power continues to grow. However, this time power alone will not be enough. To save the Chosen Helena must seek out the
Published May 21st 2018 (first published May 10th 2018)
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Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
View review on my blog, Library in the Country

This copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

"There had been happiness here, but now all she could feel was the joy someone had taken in destroying it."

If you've been following my reviews for awhile, you'll know that this series is like my guilty pleasure. I adore Helena, Von, Ronan and the rest of the Circle and other supporting characters and am always looking to read more of their story. This installment did not disapp
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, after reading three books in the series.. I FINALLY realised the problem. The problem is that the way every book in this series is written is the same. Allow me to elaborate.....

Every book starts with a tiny bang, which somehow captures my attention. Then suddenly in the middle something major happens and I go 'Woaahhh'.. and the book has officially snagged my undivided attention. Great!. But after a chapter or so of power packed stuff the book gradually loses its spark.

I was particularly e
Anna lost in stories *A*
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arc
added after my first re-read

I can't believe this book made me cry again... I knew what was coming and was still reduced to tears... that's just good writing :) for more of my thoughts and feelings about this gem just keep reading to find my original review, cause I am going straight into the big finale :) I was lucky enough to get an eARC on my kindle :)

original review:

I voluntarily reviewed an early copy of this book :) this is the third installment in a truly amazing fantasy series, that revo
Selene Kallan
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kiri Helena is a badass. And I want a Talyrian.
After that evil cliffhanger I couldn't wait to know what would happen, the wait was worthwhile.
A war is coming, and the Circle must look for unlikely allies. Rowena is not giving up, she is relentless in her dark purpose. So our heroes have a long and hard journey ahead of them.
There's heartbreak, new friendships, new badass characters and a lot of fire between Von And Helena. A must read.
Hailey Stalter
Once again this series has blown me away with just HOW GOOD IT IS. It's what I believe is referred to as "New Adult", given the language at times and sexual content but DAMNIT it's done so well and so much better than so many others given the same title. I'm shocked that this series isn't getting more attention, honestly.
In this installment we find Helena and her Circle searching for the fabled lost tribes, Talyrians, Stormbringers and more. We get to see a wider scope of the world that Meg has
Tracy D.
I just can't. It's probably a good book. I know I enjoyed the first. I just felt that this series is kind of a huge rip off of C.L. Wilson's The Tairen Soul series. Maybe Meg Anne is a really big fan, and that's cool. I can totally relate. But there are sooooo many similarities to The Tairen Soul Series that I. Just. Can't.

The magic system, the soulmate bond and how it is formed (even though this isn't exactly a unique concept), and even some of Von's lines and character traits are similar to Ra
Ahhhh, this is my least favourite book so far. Even more build up, no war. So cruel.

There's some battles here and there but the gang mostly travelled around the land recruiting whoever they could.

It was interesting to see more of the people who live in the world though, and we even got some backstory.

One issue I had is that the challenges didn't seem hard enough, everyone might as well have immediately agreed to help because we already knew what the outcome would be.

Meanwhile, some more Circ
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well now. I am trying to get my words together as I type which is probably not a good thing but this book just left me all fired up and ready to go!! Nope it isn't over yet so don't get comfortable cause it's on like donkey kong!! OK without giving any spoilers I will tell you this: They are cock blocked (wait til you see what blocks them) so the bond hasn't been completed. There's plenty of action so you don't get a chance to breathe. There is loss, and new friends. Lines will be drawn and alli ...more
Shelly Wygant
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well in this book we get to find out what is in the box. It was not at all what I was expecting. (Yes you need to read the first two books before you read this one). This series just keeps bring more surprises and angst. There are moments in this book that will bring you to your knees. I loved that you got to know more of tribes as Helena sets out to find allies. You get to see their world and the book is so well written you will feel like you are there. As everyone prepares to go out against Ro ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crown of Embers is the third book Meg Anne’s The Chosen Series.
Helena is partially letting her grief power her actions, but this is because Rowena has made the next step in declaring war by hitting Helena with the murder of a loved one. Helena will do everything to take Gillian her mother Rowena, and their Army if Shadow’s down. It’s time for war and to bring the people together whilst also telling the, that the Corruptor has risen, along with the Vessel.
This dark fantasy romance has moments of
Atlanta Whitlock
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve read the other two books in this series then you’ll know that at the end of the second book you was left on the cliff-hanger of what was in the box… After reading it myself I just wanted to know and was intrigued to find out as honestly Meg Anne could have put anything and either way it wouldn’t have been expected. She honestly has such a powerful mind so when it came to be revealed what was in the box I was honestly shocked as the direction Meg could have gone in was endless. There’s ...more
Cynthia Carpenter
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helena and Von are back together in the 3rd book of this series. From one to the next this takes on a journey to help Helena and her circle find the allies they need to defeat Rowena and her army. From one place to the next meeting different races and finding new friends. From one emotion to the next you won't be able to stop reading it. When one of them who be left standing to continue on with what's to come. I was laughing, crying I couldn't put it down. Amazing read that will rip your heart a ...more
Polly Barreto
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You will need tissues by the time you finish this book, so have them at the ready!

This series just keeps getting better and better! At the very begging of this story we finally learn what was in the box from the cliffhanger at the end of “Reign of Ash”. The opening and discovery of the contents of this box has sent Helena on the warpath and has vowed revenge on Rowena.

Kiri Helena and her Circle (Von, Darrin, Kragen, Joquil and TImmins) are more than determined to see Rowena and her army of Shado
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy Mother of Shadows!! There are not words to do this book justice! I thought I already loved this series as much as possible but this book proved that wrong. It sucks you in right along with the characters, you feel all of their triumphs, losses, pain, joy, love, and loyalty. The twists and turns will leave your head spinning. I will be absolutely beside myself waiting for more of this story!!
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carla'a Five Star Review

Kiri Helena Solene has been reunited with her mate, but that is just the beginning. Her nemesis, Rowena, has struck the first blow, and battle lines have been drawn.

Helena has her Circle, and her power continues to grow. However, her power won't be enough. She realizes that in order to stand a chance at defeating Rowena, she must seek out The Forsaken tribes and do everything in her power to enlist their help. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. The tribes that fall under the Fors
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So good. The book kept getting better the further into the story I got. Even though it ended on a heartbreak it’s such a good story.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet again Meg Anne has transported us into a world of Magic and danger with this third installment of The Chosen Series. This is NOT a stand alone. You must have already read the first two books in the series to have the full reading experience.

Crown of Ember picks up right where we left off with the question we have all been asking since the end of book two, what's inside the box! Now that Helena and the Circle are not reunited you would think that they are stronger than ever, but we are all w
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Gah how Meg does it I don’t know but again I was completely enraptured by the characters and all the ongoings in this amazing series! I have grown to love all the characters in this amazing adventure and can’t wait to get my hand on more!!

I seriously need a real life Vonn just going to through that on there!
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story! It picks right up from the last book and spins a brilliant tale you’ll want to devour!
Ser Aphim
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love where Meg Anne went with this. The world building is really cool, and I want me a Talyrian :D
It's full of laugh out loud humour, which helps to offset the rest of the range of emotions that you'll feel reading this book! It definitely leaves you wanting more as well. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!
Book Addict
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow...just wow! We finally get to know what was in the book and there was no way I would have guessed what it was! This just shows the talent that Meg has in writing her book! Her writing truely captivated the reader and captures their attention all the way through. In this book Helena has her husband back and I love these two together..they are truely power as a pair and were meant to be! Kiri also has her circle but she needs more to support her against Rowena. Rowena is purely evil and will s ...more
Lauren Brown
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
With her Mate back and her bond beginning to strengthen again, it’s Helena’s priority to find allies before Rowena send her full forces to devour Helena’s land. This books centers around finding those allies whilst under constant threat of Rowena’s wrath.

There are some things that I want to talk about that DO include spoilers.

Now, one thing that I didn’t understand whilst reading this was how easy it was for Rowena. One of the attacks happens in the Palace. Since it’s a Palace where royalty li
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved Helena, Von and their friends since book one but I especially love Helena and Von. If possible this new addition to their story has me loving them even more. The two just have so much love and devotion for each other. It’s apparent in everything they do. In the way they lend strength, give encouragement & support, their soothing touches and playful banter with one another. It’s both beautiful and touching in a story riddled with sadness and turmoil.

This part of Helena, Von and thei
Tracey Lynch
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book of the series and I can only use one word to describe it wow. You need to read the books in order to get the full effect of the amazing story and the characters. Helena manages to get back her mate after the kidnapping but before she can get her breathe, her worst enemy Rowena has delivered a box to her which is the cliff hanger at end of book 2. We find out what is in the box and Helena realises that her nemphis is one step ahead of her and she needs more power so must hu ...more
C.J. Santiago
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ashlee Lynn
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great addition to the series. You have a great ending to the last book with Helena getting a part of her circle back. But this book is sad. Yes, bust out the tissues for this ride. I did guess what was going to happen in the end of this book, it only made sense to predict but it didn’t take away from the magic of this book. You get to see Helena grow as a woman and see her power grow within her. She really is a strong character and is a force to be reckoned with. The world was be ...more
Sarah Kessler
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The brilliant and imaginative world Meg Anne creates just keeps getting better and better.
I loved getting to travel all over Elysia with Kiri and her circle as they work to rally support before they go up against Rowena in battle.
Rowena continues to play her part as the corruptor and oppose Helena. I loathe that her goal was to break the circle through this whole book.
I loved getting to see more about the keepers and the prophecies, the people of the realms, especially Talyria. As they travel
LA Loves RomComs
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third installment in The Chosen series from Meg Anne keeps up the spirit of action, determination, and love helping to conquer hate and fear. We also get to see Helena continue to grow into the leader that she needs to be, learn to trust her instincts, and learn to lean on others in a healthy way. Von is truly the mate she needs, and vice versa.

We get to journey a little bit further into the magical world that Meg Anne has created, and meet the lost tribes, and experience the toll that this
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This it the third installment of Meg Ann's series in the Chosen series, I was not disappointed. Meg Ann has an incredible way with words and will drawn you in to her world form the very first chapter. I highly recommend reading the first two books first or you will be a bit lost (and of course missing out on some phenomenal writing). This book picks up where the Reign of Ash left off.....what is in the box? Now the Helena has her mate Von back, will she be able to make all right in their world? ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'm officially into this series. Though I'm mainly sticking around for Ronan.


No way are these books allowed to fuck him up. He best get his happy ending or I shall riot ! ! !

At first it felt very filler-y. That this book was a lot of bridging to the main battle really. However we did get a bigger glimpse of the world and meeting new people.

I still think some of the characters surrounding Helena are underdeveloped, Kragen for example. And it is kind of full of cliches with d
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Meg loves to write about sassy heroines and the men that love them. She is best known for her adult fantasy romance series The Chosen, which can be found on Amazon.

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