Lettering and Literature

The Crown of Embers

Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns (Book 2)
Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow; 1st edition (September 18th 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062026518
ISBN-13: 9780062026514

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 the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

What I thought: As much as I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns – it doesn’t compare to how much I love The Crown of Embers. Elisa is a leader in her own right and now has to learn about be a good and just one. Gone is the girl who doubted her self-worth. Now we have a queen learning to rule and balance with her ever growing power. I was a little annoyed that Hector was all “ooooooo you can’t be more powerful than me,” blah. But I understand that Carson was wanting to show that power couples work best when they are equal. I have lost count how many times I have read this book.

The Quote: I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.

Why I chose it: One of my favorite lines. I love Elisa and Hector together – they also one of my top favorite literary couples. I have read this book countless times and this very scene countless times more. I feel this is is one of the things Carson writes really well and will guarantee that I will continue to read her work.

About the Author:


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 things. [Her] books tend to contain lots of adventure, a little magic and romance, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. [She] especially love[s] to write about questions [she doesn’t] know the answers to.”

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