9.22.2012

How long 'til Bitter Kingdom gets released?

THE CROWN OF EMBERS

Released Sept. 18, 2012 
Fire & Thorns series, book two
ISBN-13: 978-0062026514
Published by: Greenwillow
Pages: 416
Find it on: AmazonB&NGoodreads 
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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 both foreign realms and 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 the trail of long-forgotten--and forbidden--clues from the deep, undiscovered catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her goes a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man who--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 Mini Review-
I just cannot get over this series. As soon as I finished it I felt bereft. Sadly, pathetically, I have gone back and re-read Girl of Fire and Thorns, and I have skipped through it. I have created a mini version where I read just the beginning, and the Lord Hector pieces. I swoon throughout this process. Now I'm re-reading Crown of Embers, and highlighting all those passages that make my heart leap, shutter, and melt. I am head over heels for Lord Commander Hector, I felt my heart would burst with the joy of reading CoE. 

Honestly, the dutiful hero must be my button, because I fall for them every time. Jaime Fraser, Alexander Barrington, and now Hector. Deeply passionate, so heroic they make your heart break, and faithful. These men love with every molecule of their fictional beings. Hector's speach to Elena on the beach towards the end of the book just about killed me. Swoon, fans herself, and sighs.

And it's not all just about the guy. Elisa is an amazing character. I feel as if I know her and connect with her on a level I haven't connected with any other female character, ever. The richness of all the characters, the depths of the story feels carefully crafted, and the storybuilding that is cinematic in scope make the Fire and Thorns one of the best fantasy series created.

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