The Crown of Embers stole my breath away. I was expecting a good sequel to The Girl of Fire Thorns, but this novel blew me out of the water! I wasn’t able to put this book down and I didn’t want to either. This story had me thoroughly engrossed before the end of the first chapter and didn’t let me go until the very last period of the very last page.

Elisa is now the sovereign queen of Joya d’Arena. The war with Invierne is finally over and now she must rebuild her ravaged kingdom. Seventeen and unsure, Elisa must rule, but her Quorum members not only consider her weak but also continually demote her. Fueled by her need to prove herself and be the best queen she can to her people, Elisa continues her journey to try to fulfill the prophecy set before her as the bearer; in order to do this, Elisa needs to find the zafia, the magical source of the Godstone hidden just beneath the skin of the world. And she will not be alone on this journey; Hector, Ximena, and Mara, along with some friends from her desert rebel days, will follow and help her to succeed in her mission. But with her tenuous grasp on her kingdom slipping and the list of those she can trust waning, will she be able to succeed? Things are even worse for Elisa as she has to make some of the hardest decisions of her life, risking those she loves and countless others in order to set things right. With her loyalties shifting and complicated relationships blooming everywhere, life for Elisa will once again be rocky and dangerous, all in the name of her kingdom and God’s will.

What I loved most about this book was that there was pretty much nonstop action from beginning to end. This made the story intense, to the point where I would just keep reading until I finally looked up and realized an hour had gone by. The best thing though, was that Elisa seemed to grow, so that although she must once again go through the problems of a leader once again, she handles them differently and makes this story all that much better.

About the Book:
Title: The Crown of Embers
Author: Rae Carson
Release Date: 9/2012