Thursday, April 18, 2013

Brad About Books: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Read from March 28 to 29, 2013
Published: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow (Harper)
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 410 pages
Series: Fire and Thorns, #2

This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't read the first book.

Read my review from the first book in this series:

Let me start off by saying that I adore high fantasy - it's fantastic. I love being on journeys, exploring new, vibrant and brilliant worlds and getting to read about the most magnificent creatures and characters. And Rae Carson is an absolute genius. I can officially declare that she is one of my favorite fantasy authors. The Crown of Embers is a sequel that soars, and every part of this book is amazing. I can't express my love for this series enough!

Elisa is a brilliant protagonist, and she becomes even fiercer in this book. This is how a fantasy character should be. Strong and powerful, Elisa shines out in the characters found in YA, and I always look forward to going on these fantastic journeys with her. And this series is insane! So much action happens, and I flew through these pages!

The world-building is so vivid and lush. Carson's world is lethal and deadly, yet beautifully-described and a world I would love to visit. I mean, come on. Assassins, rebels, and a kingdom in peril? That sounds right up my alley. If you are a high fantasy lover, like myself, this series is a must read!

You know how some sequels are never quite as good as book one? Absolutely and totally not the case here. I loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but man, I adored The Crown of Embers! So much more action and suspense, I literally could not put this book down. And when I would put it down, it was the only thing on my mind.

That ending was evil. I am definitely reading The Bitter Kingdom soon! Rae Carson, you are a genius! That ending was phenomenal!

Overall, The Crown of Embers is easily one of my favorite books of the year. This fantasy is flawless, and Rae Carson has become one of my favorite authors. Mind-bending and addictive, The Crown of Embers is truly brilliant!



  1. YAY LOVED THIS BOOK (AND SERIES) TOO!! I have the third book on my computer- just need to find time to read it.

    1. THIS SERIES IS FANTASTIC. I'm hoping to read the third book too soon!


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