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Crown of Cinders

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I really enjoyed this one, even more than the first. I loved seeing the two new brothers get introduced and fit in with their family. Gutted that Zeus became insufferable as he was my favourite character in the first book. It’s action packed and fast paced, with a clear message that women’s stories matter and we don’t have to fall into supporting roles. A fab duology, I do recommend reading them in order and not just one or the other as there’s a lot of names to remember.
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Just with the first book in this series, Wings of Fury, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. If you like Greek Mythology but are a bit sick of reading the same Greek myths repeated and retold, then this is the book for you as Emily. R. King explores the sides of Greek Mythology we often forget in fantasy books. 

I love her interpretation of the characters, I felt like in the first book her interpretation of Zeus was a bit too nice but I think she got his arrogance and desire for dominance perfect in this book. I also love that this is from Hera’s perspective. I was never someone who loved Hera as she is often interpreted as cold and uncaring and your way of exploring this character and providing reasons for this is perfect and so interesting and unique! 

I could not put this book down and when I got to the end, well there were tears, so if you plan to read this get the tissue box ready. 

I can’t wait to read more by Emily. R. King in the future.
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Going to battle against a Titan in the war of all wars, one woman is making history in an epic novel of ancient Greece by Emily R. King, author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Crown of Cinders
By Emily R King

May Gaea be with you…

Althea Lambros is growing into her power, wrestling with a burdensome heritage, and unwilling to concede to Cronus, the redoubtable God of Gods. For that, Cronus is making good on his promise. Calling upon the elder Titans, he’s bringing down his wrath on the world. Suffering quakes, tempests, fire, and hail, mortals are paying in blood for the war of the gods.

With the help of her friend Theo, Althea takes cover with her sisters, Bronte and Cleora. But they can’t hide forever. To mastermind the downfall of the evil king, Althea must recruit allies of her own before the aggrieved mortals surrender the sisters to Cronus in exchange for peace.

Is Althea formidable enough to win? It’ll take the help of her sisters and those willing to fight for the cause of the just. As the gods pick sides, Althea must divide heaven and earth to defeat the enemy and write the true history of the war to end all wars.

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Althea or to use her correct name Hera is still coming to terms with all the revelations about her true parentage and her place amongst the Titans. Her fury at Cronus after all he has done knows no bounds but hiding away won't serve anyone . Hera must travel forth with her sisters to locate her missing brothers because only together will they be powerful enough to stop the megalomaniac God who will destroy all in order to rule untouched forever !
I have been in awe of this authors imagination for some time and commend her on yet again giving us a female protagonist who is truly heroic. This takes the mythology we all know and stands it on its head with such a unique slant on how and why these amazing characters of legends supposedly acted as they did. Expect betrayals and battles, expect anger and sorrow, but also see the possibilities of a new order in a world needing change.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story telling and world building was quick paced, engaging and left me wanting more. The action of this book grabbed my attention and brought me so clearly into this world, and all the challenges that Hera faced alongside her siblings. The situations that Hera encountered when it came to her goal of saving her siblings really resonated with me because I would also make sacrifices to do what it took to ensure that we could all be safely together once more.

The main character was diverse and multifaceted that left me to reflect on how ones priorities shift and change when faced with challenging situations/the need to follow your own path while following the one set out for you.
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Had a really great time reading. I reread book one and then this so that everything was fresh in my mind, and what a ride. I will definitely be getting my friends to read these books!
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#CrownofCinders #NetGalley.

I was so excited to receive Crown of Cinders through NetGalley. I had just finished Wings of Fury and needed to know what happened with Althea, the Boy God, Theo, and the rest of the gods and goddesses uncovered in Wings of Fury. Through in the journey to the Underworld, a new sibling in Hades and I'm hooked. Hera and her sisters settle more into their newfound powers and in their roles in the uprising against Cronos. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I did the first book. I'm such a fan of Emily R. King.
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👑 CROWN OF CINDERS 👑 [#ARC Review] Guys… as you likely know, I raced through “Wings of Fury” the other day and immediately got started on the second: “Crown of Cinders.” The sequel isn’t out until October 5th and y’all… oh my god, no part of me was ready. Be prepared because have another… UNPRECEDENTED… 

FIVE OUT OF FIVE! Two in a row?! Unheard of. 
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

*I’m not going to post the summary or some of my thoughts since they’ll spoil elements of the first book. But I promise — please get on this. Add this to your list whether you consider yourself a fan of Greek mythology or not. I’m still thinking about this series and it has wormed its way into my heart in the most welcome and obtrusive of ways. 

★ I knew it was coming… but oh my god, did I sob. I sobbed. I wasn’t ready for it and then when it did, I found myself crying, “No, no, no, no…” for a good five minutes. Which, as a book reader, that’s what you want, right?! 😅 

★ Again, the attention to detail and incorporation of the mythology is masterful. It’s so well-researched but is brought to life in such a human way — it’s a testament to why these myths endure. 

★ OKAY… one tiny, tiny, spoiler… HAAAADDDDEEESSSSS. (An airhorn goes off in the distance)  

Be sure to get “Wings of Fury” now and make sure you’re prepared for “Crown of Cinders” on October 5th! #Netgalley
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-ARC.

I REFUSE to read e-ARCS with a white background. If you don’t make the effort to make it a black background, I won’t make the effort to read it.
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Thank you to the publishers, author and NetGalley for the free copy of this book.

I didn't love this as much as the first in the series, but it was still really good! Lots of action and some good twists. I'm really hoping there is more!
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I'm sorry. I just couldn't get into this book at all. I have nothing against Greek mythology but there was so much name dropping I lost interest in the lackluster plot. I got a quarter through it when I decided to stop. Unless it materializes near the end, the title just does not fit the story line. So this is a DNF for me. Thanks NetGalley for giving me an opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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I got an Arc for my review of the book. I need to start there so that it's clear I didn't read the first book. I needed more info into Althea. Althea  is gaining more  power and is up against Cronus, the  God of Gods. Cronos is using his allies to make life difficult for humans and Althea alike. Her siblings Bronte, Cleora, Zeus and Hades are her allies in this war. 

It's an interesting premise and lot of Greek lore is stated. I was confused during atleast a quarter of the book. I am not familiar with the Greek stories and it felt like a certain predisposition was needed. More clarity would ha e helped. The story was really slow going since its the middle book.
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“We are stories – and our truths form us as much as our lies.”

Synopsis:
May Gaea be with you…

Althea Lambros is growing into her power, wrestling with a burdensome heritage, and unwilling to concede to Cronus, the redoubtable God of Gods. For that, Cronus is making good on his promise. Calling upon the elder Titans, he’s bringing down his wrath on the world. Suffering quakes, tempests, fire, and hail, mortals are paying in blood for the war of the gods.

With the help of her friend Theo, Althea takes cover with her sisters, Bronte and Cleora. But they can’t hide forever. To mastermind the downfall of the evil king, Althea must recruit allies of her own before the aggrieved mortals surrender the sisters to Cronus in exchange for peace.

Is Althea formidable enough to win? It’ll take the help of her sisters and those willing to fight for the cause of the just. As the gods pick sides, Althea must divide heaven and earth to defeat the enemy and write the true history of the war to end all wars.

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Crown of Cinders picks up where Wings of Fury leaves off and we continue to see the battle at hand from Althea’s point of view.  Now that Althea and her siblings have restored their power and made their first stand against Cronus, it becomes even more imperative that they find their other two siblings.  Without all of them standing together against Cronus, they don’t stand a chance.  Zeus is fated to defeat Cronus, or is he…?

Behind this great mythological retelling is a stronger message:  that the histories of women have been changed and/or forgotten in order to make the men look better, stronger, etc.  While this is a story of fiction based on mythology, it doesn’t make this fact any less true.  Throughout time we see history rewritten by the victors and leaving out the important stories (and often more gruesome moments) of those we were conquered.  Would it be any stretch of the imagination to say that even in ancient times women played a bigger, more substantial role based not on their beauty but on their cunning, intelligence, and strength?  The women in this story are fierce leaders with hearts of love and courage that strengthen them even more.

Without giving anything away, I will say that my favorite part of the book took place in the Underworld.  The author gave some humanity to characters that are often just portrayed as monsters and I absolutely loved that take on it.

There were several parts of the story that felt a little too long for and some sacrifices made by Althea that I didn’t love and felt were against her established character, however; I do understand that it was probably done to help realign the story with classically known mythology.  All-in-all I really enjoyed this book and if there was ever a third book written, I would look forward to reading it.
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*Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own*

I admit I'm a little sad because I didn't like this book as much as I liked the first one.
I think the reason could be that in the first book because we were being introduced to the story and the characters everything felt more exciting and I fell in love with the story and the characters easier.
In this book I felt that the characters became very one-dimensional, the author gave 2 characteristics to each character and made those characteristics their only trait, so they got very annoying.
Zeus is completely insufferable in this book, which for sure made me like the story less.
And the fact that Hera is so powerful also made me a little suspicious and made the book less believable for me, so to speak.
I also don't know if I liked the end of the story even though it was expected.
I think this second book is the last one of this doulogy and I hope it is because I don't know if I could take another book knowing where the story will go and end.
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Wow. A beautifully crafted story based on Greek mythology, from a female point of view. Engaging, entertaining and full of twists and surprises.
What I really enjoyed the most is the story told from Althea’s point of view, her relationship with Theo and how she finds her brothers. This story made me remember why I enjoyed mythology.
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An amazing and fast-paced Greek mythology retelling

CAREFUL FOR POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 
Cronus is bringing down his wrath on the entire world, but Althea isn't about to let him win. With the help of Theo and her siblings, she's growing more powerful and intends to defeat him. But first, she has to find the rest of her brothers. Will she manage to gather an army to put an end to Cronus' rule of terror? 

Book 1 was good, book 2 is AMAZING! It was a pleasure to dive back into this great world and find Althea and Theo again. This one is action-packed and fast-paced, you don't get time to be bored. It picks up quickly, starting in the first chapter, and I couldn't put it down after that. The characters develop really nicely, and I loved making parallels between them and the actual Gods of the mythology. It made me think I'd know how it would end, but as it turned out, not really. I really liked the different "missions" that Althea had to accomplish and the final battle was absolutely breathtaking. Action, humor, love, passion... it was beautiful! The revelations were interesting and sometimes really surprising. Betrayals and such to add some spice :  perfect! I honestly loved it and I'm so sad to have come to the end now. I also loved the ending even though I didn't expect it and it hurt a bit. But I'm not going to say more to avoid spoilers. I loved Althea and Theo's relationship and how it grew into something more passionate and strong. I was enthralled in the story, not wanting to stop reading because I couldn't wait to see what would happen.

I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good Greek mythology retelling!

"We are stories - and our truths form us as much as out lies."
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Crown of Cinders picks up 6 months after the events of Wings of Fury. Once again, Emily R. King has written such an interesting take on Greek mythology. This series is a retelling like you have never read before especially when it comes to Hera's backstory. 

I do feel like the 6 year time jump that happened felt a bit awkward to the overall storyline. The beginning and the end of the book were action-packed but the middle of the book felt like some sort of limbo. Althea and Theo's relationship never seemed to develop. Their moments together in the book were amazing but there were definitely not enough of them.

The ending will leave you a bit speechless and I am kind of hoping for a third book because this cannot be how this series ends. Overall Crown of Cinders is an action-packed sequel with a fresh take on Greek mythology with a bittersweet ending.
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I also received a physical copy of this book which is why I haven't posted my review on here.  I ADORE this book and the women's bad assery in it! Emily R King does a fantastic job at making Althea/Hera fully independent of her brother Zeus and the way the book ends leaves the door wide open for a third in the series.  I know at the moment she isn't planning on writing another in the series but I highly recommend this and Wings of Fury to anyone who loves a great Greek mythology retelling,
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*Thank you Netgalley and publishers for a copy in exchange for an honest review* 

Crown of Cinders is the sequel to Wings of Fury. I really enjoyed Wings of Fury so I was excited for Crown of Cinders. Crown of Cinders was okay. It didn’t exceed any expectations I had, but it also didn’t let me down that much. 

I like the female empowerment these booms have. It’s nice to see something different than the myths we know. 

These books are solid retellings, and I hope there are more.
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may be spoilers from wings of fury (book 1) but are very mild or confusing if you haven’t read this book

I had
 a lot of hope in this book but it was really disappointing. I really tried to think of something good about this book but nothing made me feel anything other than angry about this book.The characters had no personality except maybe her sisters, and Zeus was an absolute jerk, but not like in the last book when he was at least tolerable and had a bit of humor. This book just made me plain mad, at least the first book was okay, but there’s still a lot of things so, so wrong with it. For one, the mythology is super off, for example “soul shapes” and fire being in the books, even though the mythology didn’t need to be changed there, , because soul shapes aren’t Greek (or needed in the books at all) that’s even if they are mythological at all (it could be a different mythology) and fire wasn’t stolen by Prometheus until after Zeus became king of the gods (there’s other stuff like this in this book, I’m just using examples from the first in the series so there are no spoilers) Also the 3 time jumps in this book weren’t needed at all,  it just made the book lack substance and feeling. The writing doesn’t strike me as special or good, and the world building lacks structure, with no beams of mythological documentary supports. Like there being no greek mythology tribe on Crete that worshipped Aphrodite,and the fact that Cronus would never let his kids live on purpose even if he was sending them away, that the sickle doesn’t divest them of their powers, that vestal virgins wasn’t until the Roman age which was after the Greeks, and way, way after when Cronus would’ve ruled, I really could go on and on, and this is just from me reading the Percy Jackson series, and maybe just seeing it around and on the web, I honestly feel that Wikipedia was used as mythological fact. I feel really bad that this has to be my first review and i almost always like
mythology books, but I just can’t with this one.
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