Here's the summary from Goodreads: Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone's power. That is not all she finds.
What I Liked: 1) Hector. If you didn't see this one coming (in the book), then you're just not having enough fun in romance. He's the strong silent type that fits in with the setting of the book, and can quietly steal someone's heart without even realizing that he's done it. I really like how much better we get to know him throughout this story. 2) The traveling. A lot of this story (both in The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Crown of Embers) is dedicated to travel. I especially love the perspective this gave me about this world. As the reader, it gives you the opportunity to explore a lot of the world and understand how everyone lives and why there may or may not be discord - which obviously there is, since in the summary it mentions the country crumbling. 3) The....Bachelorette? As Elisa is a young, new ruler, and a widow, naturally she is urged to choose a husband, to help her rule. It was pretty comical, the way people were pushing different men towards her. And there was one man in particular who I knew she was getting close to, and I could see that going somewhere...and was not surprised at all in the way that one turned out.
What I Didn't Like: I had mentioned in my review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns how much I liked Elisa's growth, how strong she'd become in the end. However in this one, it seems she's gone back to the whiny person she was in the beginning of the first book. I didn't like seeing her digress like that, and thought it wasn't the best direction for her, given the direction of the story. But she's still likeable, and I am curious about what's to come.
Overall Thoughts: While Crown of Embers didn't excite me as much as The Girl of Fire and Thorns, it was still a nice continuation. There were some things that I liked better about book 2 than book 1, and vice versa. I was glad to get to know some of the characters a little better, and pleased with the addition of some humor (though I think some of it was unintentional). Crown of Embers is a nice continuation of an already good storyline.
My Rating: 3.5 shots