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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fire & Thorns Series Read-Along: The Crown of Embers, Chapters 11-20 #ReadingRae

Welcome back to this week's #ReadingRae post! This week we're continuing our conversation for The Crown of Embers. Today's discussion is for chapters 11-20. Before I share my thoughts, and incase you're just joining us, here's a little bit about the sequel aka book #2 in the series:


By: Rae Carson
Published by: Harper Collins
Released On: September 18th, 2012
Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns #2
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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 Thoughts

I this book is getting better and better. From last week's discussion, we quickly learned that Elisa's life is in danger. There are few within her court that she can truly count on, it's nearing time for her to choose a husband, and there's some unrest among her kingdom. These last ten chapters have proven to be even more troubling. Hector's life has been threatened, as have others among the royal court. It's obvious someone is playing them all, though I can't figure out who's behind all that's happening. And I have a feeling that once the betrayer is figured out, it's not going to be that much of a shocker.

Talk about plot twists, betrayal, and trying to get to bottom of all that's going on. I love the direction this book is going in. One of the things I love about this series is how unpredictable the storyline is. Like Elisa, I have no idea who's behind all that's going on, though I have my suspicions. Mixed into the danger, deceit, and shocking discoveries, is the romance. I love the trust Elisa and Hector have between each other, and their chemistry. I just seriously want to shove the two of them together, and let them make out, and get it out of their system. Okay, really I wish things weren't so complicated and they could just openly admit their feelings for one another, and ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. However, this is a Rae Carson book, and I know that nothing will be that simple. 

Along with Hector, I love the relationships Elisa has with those closest to her. Instead of trying to force Elisa to be one way, they stand beside her, and support her for who she is. I have really come to love Elisa. She is growing into a strong, resilient Queen who's learning how to rely on herself, and those whom make up her inner circle. I love that she goes against the norm, and takes matters into her own hands. Not only that, she's become good at playing games with those of her own court who seek to play games against her. With the recent turn of events, it will be interesting to see what happens within the last few chapters of this book! 

Find out what these fabulous bloggers had to say about last week's post, when we discussed chapters 1-10.  

Next week we'll be talking about the next ten chapters of The Crown of Embers. We'd love to have you join our discussions! Pick up your copy of the book and read along! 

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