Synopses & Reviews
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 trail 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.
"Carson's sequel to her debut, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, is a superb fantasy built around an exceptional heroine. Just months after leading her adopted country to victory against the sorcerers of Invierne, 17-year-old Queen Elisa has to deal with spies, a possible traitor in the palace, and pressure from her own council to marry or cede power to a regent. Additionally, the Inviernos are back, and they want her to sacrifice herself willingly to them, or they will rain destruction and death on her people. Dodging attempted assassination and kidnapping, Elisa is pulled by the mysterious Godstone embedded in her navel to find the zafira, the soul of the world and the source of its magic, embarking on a gripping journey that ramps up the tension and sets up the finale. Carson avoids the dips that often haunt bridge books: expert pacing and well-drawn characters are masterfully integrated with Elisa's continued growth as she deals with the shifting political situation, resulting in a dramatic and gratifyingly romantic novel that smoothly follows its predecessor. Ages 13 – up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns:"Fans of Tamora Pierce's "Beka Cooper" series will find a kindred spirit in Elisa as she experiences great adversity and heart-wrenching loss." School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns:William C. Morris Award FinalistAndre Norton Award Finalist"Romantic, lush, and thought provoking." Booklist
Praise for The Girl of Fire and Thorns:"Carson's mature writing style, thoughtful storytelling, appealing characters, and surprising twists add up to a page-turner with broad appeal." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"There are books you like, and books you love, and then there are the ones that make you go past 'love' and straight into, 'I think I may need to marry this book.' The Crown of Embers was that type of book for me. I adored it." Rachel Hawkins, author of the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series
"Rae Carson has proved she's a master and has shaken up the YA genre....Nothing is held back." USA Today
About the Author
Rae Carson is the author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Crown of Embers. In its review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Locus, the premier magazine for science fiction and fantasy, said, "Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA's best writers of high fantasy." The Girl of Fire and Thorns was also a William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist and a 2012 ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Rae Carson dabbled in many things, from teaching to corporate sales to customer service, before becoming a full-time writer. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.