The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Goodreads: 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.


I was really nervous Crown of Embers was going to have middle book syndrome. It starts of kind off slow and there’s lots of court politics. I was also afraid it wouldn’t live up to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. After a few chapters, things FINALLY pick up with backstabbing, assassination attempts, etc. After that, there’s so much action, adventure, and intrigue to keep you at the edge of your seat.

We’re shown more of the world and learn more about the cultures, and we even learn more about the past of some beloved characters. The world building and character development is outstanding.

The friendships in this book are my favourite part, followed by the slow-burn romance. Elisa and her romantic interest have so much sexual tensions at one point, I was starting to go mad. Oh my gosh, I’ve never wanted characters to get together so badly in my life.

You will feel all the feels. It’s a good thing this series is already complete because there’s an epic cliffhanger ending.

If you haven’t picked up this series yet, please do ASAP!

(P.S. Thank you Rae Carson for having Hector shave off his mustache.)


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