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The Empire of Dreams

(Fire and Thorns #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  27 reviews
New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson makes a triumphant return to the world of her award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy in this extraordinary stand-alone novel. With action, adventure, and a heroine set on destroying the patriarchal limits meant to keep her in her place, The Empire of Dreams once again proves that Rae Carson is a master of epic ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Greenwillow Books
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    The Empire of Dreams (Fire and Thorns, #4)
    Release date: Apr 07, 2020
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    May 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Dec 03, 2019 marked it as dnf
    Shelves: ya, fantasy

    I adored initial Fire and Thorns trilogy (read my spoiler free series review here) but unfortunately this spin-off didn't have the same drive and appeal for me. Simply said, storyline wasn't very engaging. It all comes down to the fact that I couldn't connect with Red (MC) and therefore found her story boring.

    All that aside, Mrs. Carson really can write and this is nicely written YA fantasy novel that will definitely find its audience. It just wasnt't for me.

    *ARC provided by publisher as an
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Full review coming soon, but I LOVED it.

    (I got an e-galley from EpicReads Insiders)
    julianna ➹
    okay but also: girl of fire and thorns was one of my favorite series, ever, soooooooooooooo let's see
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Elisa's story holds a special place in my heart. That trilogy (and short stories) are among my favorite fantasies as they combined everything I love about fantasy into one series.

    So yes of course I was excited for this book. A revisit to characters of my heart? A broadening of a world I adore? Sign me up!

    What I didn't expect was a novel that while its a wonderful sequel to Elisa's adventures is almost perfect on its own.

    I won't deny that having some knowledge of the world didn't help me, nor
    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    Sep 11, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
    Thank you HarperCollins and Greenwillow Books for the ARC.

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    Aug 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    SHUT UP. Why didn't I realize this was set in the same world as Fire and Thorns?!?

    Also, why must 2020 be so far away????

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    Jun 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Ohmygodohmygodogmygod! More Girl of Fire and Thorns world!! Ahhhhhh!!!
    Jess (The Lives of A Reader)
    OMG WHAT how did I not know about a fire and thorns spinoff sooner???
    Brandon St Mark
    I always enjoy Carson's novels (one of few YA authors who I can say that with), so you know my pre-order is on lock.
    Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya-teen
    Red Sparkle Stone is about to complete the unlikeliest of transformations: from slave to princess of the empire of Joya d'Arena. But when everything goes wrong at her formal adoption ceremony, the royal family fears betrayal is surrounding them. Eager to prove herself, Red decides to join the Royal Guard as a recruit. Can she survive training, but more importantly, uncover the plot against the heirs to the throne?

    This definitely works as a standalone novel. I was fully engaged by both Red's
    Nov 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Time for a re-read of the series!!

    Nov 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: anticipated-2020
    а вот это вот щас внезапно!
    не знаю как я отношусь к идее неожиданного продолжения трилогии, которая считалась законченной, но надо проверить, конечно
    Karyn Silverman
    Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs, ya
    Loved it! Can’t wait to share it with others. Great as book 4 but also stands alone.
    Alice Byrnes
    4.5 stars

    First 25%: 3 stars
    Last 75%: 5 stars

    I'll preface this by saying I have not read the Fire and Thorns Trilogy, but I immediately checked the first book out from the library after finishing The Empire of Dreams.

    The first quarter of this book started out pretty slow. There just wasn't a lot differentiating it from many other YA fantasy novels, and I initially had trouble getting absorbed in the story and caring about the characters (Plus, the main character's name. It's at least
    Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
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    Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Electronic ARC provided by Edelweiss.

    "Empire of Dreams" occurs several years after the end of Carson's "Fire and Thorns" trilogy, and focuses on the somewhat oddly named Red Sparkle Stone. Red is a foundling with a troubled past, but as this book opens she is about to be officially adopted into the royal family by Empress Elena. Unfortunately the adoption is blocked at the last moment by Elena's political rivals, and Red is left once again to figure out what her future is going to be.

    Red is a
    Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC (e-galley from EpicReads) of this and absolutely LOVED it. I have yet to read other books by Carson but I am sure to now. This book is great as a stand alone, so even if you haven't read the others in the series (like me) you can 100% still enjoy it.

    A few things I loved about this book:

    It helped me get out of a reading slump

    The PTSD awareness is so important and I'm glad the author emphasizes this

    The flashbacks didn't distract from the story, they enhanced the novel perfectly
    Thank you to the publisher for access to this title in return for a fair review.

    From the time I read A Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson became a favorite author. If she writes it, I want to read it. I've read each new novel as it's been published, and then had to impatiently wait for more. So when I learned about her newest book, I knew I needed to read it. And when I saw it was all about Red and a part of the Fire and Thorns series, I knew it would be great. And it is!

    Red's story is a tale
    Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
    Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! One of my all-time favorite series and I couldn’t get enough! So incredibly glad that Rae decided to tell Red’s was a long time coming and this book completely met my high expectations set when I read the first 3 books in the Fire and Thorns series years ago. Was awesome to be able to come back to a world that I ADORED and see it from an entirely different perspective! If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, I highly recommend grabbing the first ...more
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A brilliant addition to the Girl of Fire and Thorns world. Red is loved the moment we are introduced to her in the first trilogy and Rae Carson gives us more to love in this novel.

    Red's personal journey is relatable; the fight to prove herself to those around her and realize she is worth more than she thought is something we all can relate to. And in true form, the supporting characters are well rounded and distinctly voiced.

    It's great to see old friends and meet new ones in this world that I
    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read and review The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson.

    What a wonderful read! Rae Carson is an amazing writer. The Empire of Dreams brings the beautiful and dynamic Elisa back with new characters. A great adventure that hopefully will turn into more books for this series. YAY!
    Dec 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Mecca-Amirah Jackson
    Jan 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, fantasy, ya
    A great addition to the series, but also an excellent stand alone. I was so glad to dive back into this world.
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    Rae Carson was born in 1973 in California and now lives in Arizona. She developed an enthusiasm for storytelling in her earliest childhood. She studied social sciences and worked in various industries after graduating from university before she realized her dream and became a writer. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is her debut novel.

    In her own words, she "write[s] books about teens who must do brave

    Other books in the series

    Fire and Thorns (4 books)
    • The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
    • The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)
    • The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)