First Impressions Friday: The Crown of Embers

by Rae Carson

The crown of embers


“Hector, what if it wasn’t an assassination attempt. Is that possible? Did someone mean to take me alive?”
- page 118

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.


My review of book one can be found HERE.

I’ve been a little reluctant to start this series though I knew I enjoyed the first book. I was originally reluctant to read that too. This is one of those series that can either be really right or really wrong. So far however I’ve been loving book 2. We’ve had several assassination attempts and and there are some older men who presume to be able to do the job of ruling better than Elisa – without even seeing what she has under her crown.

I’m about a third of the way through the book now and it dived right in and has just kept going. There are many mysteries still in need of answering and the war is far from over. To complicate matters, it’s been 5 months since the king died and her advisor’s are pushing for Elisa to marry. They probably think that they can choose, either someone they can manipulate or someone they are close with. I wonder if they are working together or if they are both running the same kind of plot. That would actually be hilarious…

I know a lot has to happen before the HEA, I hope there is one! But this book seems less about the Big Event and more about the plot. Of course, that could change yet.

I’ll let you know about that tomorrow, but so far this is exactly my kind of book.

You show them Elisa.

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