The Crown of Embers
By Rae Carson
Greenwillow Books, 2012. 410 pgs. Young Adult
Elisa has saved the people of Joya d'Arena from an invasion of Invierne and has started to understand more about her role as a bearer of the Godstone. However, with the death of her husband, she has become the ruler of Joya d'Arena and not everyone likes the idea of having a 17-year-old foreigner as their queen. With attempts on her life, enemies both within and without the country and even her own court, and only bits and pieces of prophecies about the Godstone bearers that need to be interpreted and understood, Elisa's life and her country are in just as much danger as ever. Determined to become the queen her people need her to be, Elisa sets off on a journey to discover more about her Godstone and the power it holds, all the while trying to maintain her tenuous hold on her throne and figure out what to do when she falls in love with a man she can never have.
This sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns is just as gripping as the first book and it will likely have fans screaming out loud at where and how the book ends, as they are stuck waiting for the next book. Block out a few hours where you can read it in one sitting because once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. Elisa's struggle with her faith, with her own confidence, and with deciding who she can trust is riveting and the romance angle will have readers wishing for the impossible. This is a great choice for fans of high fantasy.