The Empire of Dreams
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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 ...more
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 ...more
This definitely works as a standalone novel. I was fully engaged by both Red's ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
In her own words, she "write[s] books about teens who must do brave ...more