Monday, September 17, 2012
Book of the Week: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Outstanding novel. There are just so many things I love about this book. Elisa, now queen, chafes under all the protections that are placed around her but there are enemies all around, but also people who are steadfast and loyal. Somebody is gong to get hurt. It is only a few months since she was widowed but her advisors are telling her she must quickly make a political marriage. Even though it seemed Invierne had been beaten they aren't done yet. Elisa and retinue make a journey ostensibly to view the holdings of a southern Conde who is one of her suitors but in truth is on the path set before her in an obscure apocryphal document and echoed in the stones of a secret passage in her palace. I hated some of the things that happened in this book, but so did Elisa. It says something to me that the feelings of the protagonist are so well portrayed I feel them, too. I really like the Hispanic names of people and places, the importance of religion and God in the lives of the characters, the magical godstones, the portrayal of a gay character, and the strength Elisa shows despite her insecurities.