SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS!
Elisa is now back in Brisadulce trying to rule the people of Joya d'Arena, but there is unrest and intrigue everywhere she turns. The people are wary of their young foreign queen, and nobles plot and jockey for power. Her country is on the edge of war with Invierne, and she feels pressure to marry a powerful ally to solidify her position.
Upon learning of the source of her Godstone's power, she sets off on a quest to discover it hoping will give her the strength she needs to lead her people. Accompanied by familiar companions from the first book and a few new ones who may or may not be trustworthy, she faces magical and human peril every step of the way.
At her side is the ever faithful Hector, captain of the guard and Elisa's personal protector. She can no longer deny her growing love for this strong and devoted man, but her own fears and insecurities prevent her from being honest with him even when she dares to hope he might love her, too. Besides, now that she is queen, Elisa must use her marriage to make a political alliance. She has little hope of a future with the man she loves.
Read Rae Carson's heart-racing sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns; you won't be disappointed. Now I'm just mad I have to wait until this fall for the third book!