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The Crown of Embers (The Girl of Fire and Thorns 2)
by Rae Carson
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 13 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: HL730L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2012
NO. PAGES: 416
GENRE{S}: Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy
PREQUEL: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
ISBN: 0062026518
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
The Crown of Embers (The Girl of Fire and Thorns 2)—Book Review

Once every century, one person is selected to become the bearer of the godstone--a gift from God that is bestowed upon a person who is destined for great service. Even though Queen Elisa, the current bearer, defeated the sorcerous anamagi with her godstone, she has yet to perform her true act of service, and her inexperience as a ruler makes it difficult for her to lead a nation that is in shambles after the war. The only way to bring stability to her ailing country is to harness the power of a mysterious magical force called the zafira. But first she must find it. To do so, she'll have to elude her many enemies, even one from within her own court. She may return to lead as a stronger queen, but not without a price.
The Scoop
The Crown of Embers (The Girl of Fire and Thorns 2)—Book Review
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Picking up where The Girl of Fire and Thorns left off, The Crown of Embers is a good choice for teen girls who enjoy a mix of fantasy, adventure, and romance. While it is not absolutely necessary to read the books in order, readers who do will have a greater appreciation for how much confidence seventeen-year-old Elisa has gained. Still not a particularly strong queen, Elisa continues to evolve over the course of this story, learning valuable lessons about relying on the power that is already within her and being guided by her own moral compass. She is loyal to her friends and family, and strives live up to the honor of the godstone. In times of anguish, Elisa turns to prayer and spiritual texts for comfort and guidance. The story involves a bit of violence as Elisa is the target of several assassination attempts. An impossible romance develops between Elisa and the commander of her Royal Guard, which helps keep the pages turning as their feelings for one another are slowly revealed. She takes an herb to prevent pregnancy, but the two never become intimate. Fans of this story will be eager to read the final installment in the trilogy as this one ends with quite a cliff hanger.
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