A sequel as strong as the first book.

Summary:

Lucero-Elisa (17) is Queen of the desert kingdom Joya D'Arena.  Elisa is smart and intelligent, but she is unsure of how to be a Queen due to her young age and inexperience. She is on an adventure to determine the truth behind her godstone, a bright blue stone that grants her magical powers lodged in her naval. After dangerous and suspicious events occur within her castle, Elisa sets off with friends (and foes) in an attempt to find the mysterious source of her power. With this answer, she can unite her broken kingdom and defeat her enemies once and for all.


College Student Volunteer (19)
This is the excellent second novel in the Fire and Thorns series (originally called "Girl of Fire and Thorns). The pacing is perfect, and the book is action-packed with danger and political intrigue at the turn of every page. I really enjoyed reading this book and woud read it again! Readers learn a lot more about the mythology of Elisa's world, and it really ties in nicely with the plot, which is never boring!

Elisa's is a lovely journey to follow. She comes off as a cruel queen initially, but as the novel progresses, Elisa really comes into her own and begins to understand not only her faults but also her prowess. The side characters are also excellent. We learn more about Mara and Hector, and Storm, (a citizen of the enemy nation Invierno) joins the cast.   The world-building that began in the first novel maintains its excellence in this novel.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fascinating characters, a captivating plot, and plenty of action will have readers turning the page and unable to put this book down.

Content Awareness Factors:

The plot contains sexual references and violence. As mentioned above, Elisa can come off as cruel initially, which could be really frustrating to some readers. However, this is a part of her journey to becoming a better queen for her people. In addition, the world-building at times is questionable in terms of the historical timeline the novel provides.


Type of Book:
This is the second book in a fantasy adventure.
Educational Themes:

One theme that continues in this novel that began in the previous novel is that of self-love. At the beginning of the first novel, Elisa is an impressionable 16 year-old who is insecure in her body and shy at times. As this story progresses, we see Elisa continue her journey of self-love and become bolder and a more adept leader.

Reading Level:
5.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
College student volunteer. Reviewer age: 19
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book you'll definitely re-read. If you're reading the series, you'll want it for reference.
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Title The Crown of Embers
About

Girl of Fire and Thorns, Book 2

Author Rae Carson
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2013
ISBN 9780062026538
Material Digital | E-Book
Cost $8.99
Genres Fantasy, Self Worth, Science Fiction
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