The Crown of Embers

Posted: June 10, 2013 in Books, Writing
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(The girl in the jewel doesn’t look anything like the main character…)

This book by Rae Carson is the second book in a trilogy.  I read the first one last summer after deciding to purchase it from Amazon.  I believe that this is the first set of books that I’ve read with a monarch as the protagonist.  I don’t read much YA fiction anymore (even though I’m technically not too old to read it), but I like the main character because she grew tremendously throughout the story.  I like characters that grow as they experience things because that makes an interesting character.

The first book is called The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Elisa is the main character of both books; the prose is written in first person without POV alternations.  There’s quite a bit of action in both books with enough characterization for the main characters.  It’s a very easy read, but an interesting story nonetheless.  It was a quick, but suspenseful read.

Elisa is a sixteen year old princess who is married off to a foreign king.  She’s also a Bearer, or someone who is chosen by God.  They are marked with a jewel in their navel.  The jewel, or Godstone, possess magic that is used to fight magic (that is used by those whose purpose is to harm).  Naturally, there are people that want to kill her because she posses the stone that harnesses magical abilities.  Whoever bears the stone bears the magic.

How it inspires me: 

Elisa is a character that shows growth.  I love growing characters and I especially love the fact that she struggles with the duties of being a queen as well as a human being. I want my characters to grow and to be as strong as Elisa’s character, but I don’t want them to be perfect and vain.  I happen to have a character that rises to the role of monarch, so I think that Elisa is a good example of a main character who is also in a ruling position.  She makes mistakes.  A lot of them.  Not only that, but she struggles with mundane things such as love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. Everything doesn’t work out for her even when she has power; she’s still a normal person even though she’s not in a a normal position.  Overall, I like the sincerity of the series.  I can’t wait for the third!

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