Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Crown of Embers, the sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns, is just as as rich, lovely, and layered as the first book. Carson continues to skillfully build upon and expand Elisa's world, exploring the landscape of her world, delving deeper into the religion and magic, and introducing new tidbits of history about Elisa's people and the Inviernos. In between all of the political intrigue and danger is Elisa's struggle to define what sort of leader she is. She must learn who to trust among those around her, and how to trust in her own knowledge, faith, and intuition. This personal growth is beautiful to read about, and not without its hiccups and bumps in the road. But Elisa's friends and Hector are there to support her, and the developing romance between the queen and her guard is smoldering. Carson deftly writes scenes that are tender and romantic, all the while conveying a sense of urgency that defines the tension of Elisa and Hector's relationship perfectly. She's an incredibly dynamic writer--sensual and intense, playful and intense, all of these scenes flow fluidly together to create a breathtaking sequel that will raise the stakes and have readers desperate for more.
Cover Comments: I love this pretty cover--the gem and the lightning are so powerful.
Review copy purchased.
Posted by The Compulsive Reader at 10:52 AM