Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Summary from Goodreads: The champion must not waver.
The champion must not fear.
The gate of darkness closes.The champion must not fear.The gate of darkness closes.Elisa is a fugitive.
Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.
Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy's kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.
But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.
Even of those who hate her most
Review: Initially I struggled with the change of style and the switch to a different POV, however I found myself craving the switches between the two characters at some point. This book moves at a quick and enjoyable pace. There are a lot of twists and lots of action AND my questions were answered! Now, my one complaint is that I wish there was more Rosario - I really felt that I needed to know more about him and where things are heading. Things are resolved, a bit too neatly, but the book was still well written and was a satisfying ending to a series.