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. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy (GoodReads).
Originality: 8. This is a well done fantasy world with enough politics to keep the story moving but without ever dragging the reader down into epic levels of fantasy intrigue. Reading this right before Fire by Kristin Cashore, I feel like my fantasy-world-politics intake has been VERY high lately.
Absurdity: 10. Creepy belly buttons and intense fantasy-book names.
Level of Harry-Potter-ness: 5. This book is solidly written. I found book one more effecting, but I was still taken with this story. Get involved already.