The Crown of EmbersBook - 2012
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Violence: Attempted assassination, mentions of a successful assassinations and killings, character shot with arrow, characters whipped
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Elisa, Queen of Joya d'Arena, is dealing with the complications that come with being a ruler, and is forced to suspect her closest advisers as attempts on her life are taken. With knowledge of a hidden power source that could help her rule and firmly establish her position, she finds herself journeying south with those she trusts most- and finds herself in love with one of her closest friends.
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“No, no." I motion vaguely. "Relax. Don't look so... guardlike." They drop formation at once, glancing at one another shamefaced. Hector draped an arm around my shoulder as if we were out for a companionable stroll. He leans down and says, "So. Horrible heat we've been having lately.”