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The Crown of Embers [Format Kindle]

Rae Carson

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“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)

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:“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:“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))

Présentation de l'éditeur

"...Emotionally charged, suspenseful, and filled with plot twists." -School Library Journal

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 574 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 437 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062026534
  • Editeur : Greenwillow Books (18 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007HC3RHW
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29 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gorgeous sequel in a wonderfully unique series 18 septembre 2012
Par K. Sowa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I really fell in love with Girl of Fire and Thorns, and I was anxious to see what was in store for Elisa and her kingdom in Crown of Embers. I was once again pulled into the unique world that Rae Carson created and found dastardly plans, political intrigue and some very emotional moments. Just because Elisa has returned and assumed the throne after her husband's death does not mean there will be a peaceful time for anyone. I was so devastated by what happened to Humberto in book one that I wasn't sure if I could move on from that story line, but trust me when I say that this book found new ways to suck me in. The romance was bittersweet and wonderful, the action was non-stop and the plot twists seemed to keep coming. I can't put into words what makes me love a fantasy novel, but The Crown of Embers seems to take all of the elements that are universal to great works (romance, adventure, betrayal, intrigue) and constructs them into a book that demonstrates Rae Carson's superb storytelling abilities.

If I admired Elisa in book one, I grew to love her in this installment. Elisa is strong, but she doesn't always seem to know it and her strength isn't necessarily physical. There is no sequence in which she all of a sudden becomes a superhero. Instead, her strength is in her determination to persevere for her kingdom and for the people around her. Her strength is also in her intelligence, which is one of my favorite things about Elisa. She is afraid, but she acts anyway. In my mind, this is the type of heroine that is much more interesting to read about because being frightened and doing it anyway is the very definition of bravery. I cannot stop recommending this series to everyone because it is so engrossing and different. The world building was, once again, excellent and the way that Rae Carson so artfully captures all of Elisa's personal relationships makes it a book (and series) that will be on my all-time favorites list, for sure. As for the ending, I'm sure my fingers will grow very sore after hanging off of this cliff until I can get my hands on book three!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surpasses Expectations 18 septembre 2012
Par Cherilyn Redwine - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I devoured this book in a single day because I couldn't make myself slow down. I had high hopes going into it because I really loved The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and I'm happy to say that Crown of Embers surpassed my expectations. This is a fully realized fantasy rife with intrigue, emotion, courage, suspense, and betrayal.

Everyone should read this series.

I love that every character is three-dimensional and nuanced. I love that I can see the story happening against a beautifully described backdrop. And I really love that the character arc for Elisa is once again full of subtle shifts, flaws, and moments of brilliance. Reading this book is like revisiting an old friend and finding her full of fascinating new stories.

The plot is layered and complex enough to keep the reader completely engaged. The relationships are complicated and compelling. And the struggle between faith and discovering your own strength is portrayed with balance.

I could just rave on and on about this book. It's incredible. It deserves a spot on my favorites shelf and will be a book that I will re-read many times. If you haven't tried this series, please do. It's a gem.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully Written with Strong, Believable Characters 19 octobre 2012
Par Lisa from Read.Breathe.Relax. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
It's a dangerous thing to call books perfect, but as far as sequels go, The Crown of Embers hit the mark. First of all, it doesn't even come off as a sequel.

There's references to The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but not as much as I expected. Carson keeps it very "present" - which means that Elisa is in as much trouble as ever.

She's taken the reigns over her former husband's kingdom and prepares to rule. The only problem is, the Inviernes, a people with dark magic, are trying to take down her kingdom. Oh and someone tries to kill Elisa. And, also she realizes she has to marry for political gain.

Yeah...not TOO much going on for the new queen.

Like I said, Carson manages to make The Crown of Embers feel like a first book. There's new characters again and new cross-country adventures, yet she builds on tough situations and struggles that Elisa and her people were facing before. I don't know how Carson does it, but I'm so glad she did!

One of the other wonders that Carson delivers in The Crown of Embers is religion. Elisa's godstone - the powerful sign she is chosen to bring about God's will that is located in her belly button. Through this connection, Elisa can pray and feel God's presence and will and feel if she's in danger.

Although it doesn't really come off this way, The Crown of Embers is very spiritual. Elisa often prays and reads the holy scriptures. She trusts and takes leaps of faith based on what she feels God is telling her.

This type of faith portrayed in this type of way is not only a rarity in young adult fiction, but in young adult fantasy. I have to be honest - I really loved it! I have a strong personal faith and I thought this aspect of the book was so refreshing and new to see.

I also don't think that if you're not spiritual or religious that this element of the book would get in the way of the overall awesomeness of it. Elisa's religion always plays a part in the movement and progression of the story and isn't function-less in the slightest.

OVERALL:

I won't be shy about it - I LOVED this book. Carson develops such interesting characters with so many wonderfully real flaws and strengths. I cannot wait for the final book in this series, The Bitter Kingdom. I have zero doubts Carson will deliver once again. The Crown of Embers has absolutely made it on my Best Books of 2012 list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Live To Read ~Krystal 10 novembre 2012
Par Chels - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
If you've read the first book of this series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, you'll absolutely LOVE the second. The plot starts immediately and pulls the reader into the action. Elisa's now Queen of the country she fought for and everything should be better now, right? Wrong. Her people don't trust her and she ends up fighting for her new country once again.
Let me start by saying: Oh. Em. Gee. The main character, Elisa, is once again a strong female lead and will captivate her audience. It is hard not to root for Elisa; she truly loves the people she has been chosen to watch out for. The love interests don't disappoint either. Love is in the air and the reader will enjoy the constant flux in the relationships. Elisa has a bit of a love triangle. The love triangle does not take forever to conclude, the reader will not have to wonder who Elisa chooses. The book has plenty of twists and turns... SOME of them are easy to figure out, but that doesn't matter because the ride to get there is pleasant. Nothing about the book is boring or slow, each page has something to offer.
I recommend reading the first book instead of getting into the second immediately. If the reader takes a look at other reviews, he/she will see that many say this book is better than the first and I have to agree. This makes me wonder what the third book will bring. It's a trilogy, so I'm not happy it's going to end soon. More of Elisa and Hector!
8 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointing novel that wastes a lot of the promise of its predecessor 7 novembre 2012
Par A. Whitehead - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Elisa, Queen Regnant of Joya d'Arena, has defeated the invading armies of Invierne. However, she finds ruling her new nation difficult. An outsider from another land, her commands are not respected and she faces challenges from both the nobility and the masses, whose taxes must pay for the rebuilding of the country. Elisa must also face down a renewed threat from Invierne. Defeated on the battlefield, they now play a game of misinformation and intrigue, with assassins stalking the rooftops of Elisa's capital. In the midst of this Elisa discovers a vital clue to the origins of the magic of her Godstone, but dare she leave the capital in the hands of her rivals to pursue this quest?

The Crown of Embers is the sequel to Fire and Thorns and is the middle volume of a trilogy. Like its predecessor, the book is an easy, light read but is unfortunately rather less successful. Whilst the first book featured a solid, eventful plot which unfolded with focused conciseness (a relief from the too-many flabby epic fantasies around), this second book is comparatively uneventful and repetitive. There are several assassination attempts, which are foiled. Elisa angsts over how to rule her kingdom more effectively, to no conclusion. She angsts who whom she should marry for the good of the kingdom, to no conclusion. She moons over a potential love interest, even in the middle of a dire assassination attempt. Rinse and repeat.

These problems are confounded by regressive characterisation of the lead: Elisa evolved, in a standard but nevertheless reasonably-well-handled way, from coddled princess to warrior leader in the first book. In this second volume she seems to lose all of the confidence and skills gained in the first book and becomes a lame duck ruler, unable to assert her authority. This would be more convincing had we not seen Elisa already weld a band of desert villagers into a fearsome guerrilla army. No real explanation is given for Elisa's fall from competence in this volume save it was necessary for plot purposes. Some of the secondary cast get some decent character development (such as Tristan, one of Elisa's potential suitors), but overall the characters are less interesting than in the first book.

Where the novel does spring to live is in its depiction of the unusual magic system and the revelation that a lot of what is assumed about the world's backstory may be untrue. But these moments where character (and reader) assumptions are overturned are fleetingly brief. Otherwise for the bulk of the novel we are subjected to pretty standard YA fantasy fare, with the added irritation of an undercooked love story that utterly fails to convince.

The Crown of Embers (**) is a serious letdown after the first novel in the sequence. There are flashes of inspiration and interest, but overall this is a book that is content to rest on its laurels rather than build on the successes of its predecessor. It is available now in the UK and USA.
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