The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson
Reviewed by Sam!
**We picked up an ARC of this book at ALA. We’d like to thank Rae and Greenwillow Books for the opportunity. This book comes out on April 7th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore. Please use the indies, they’re hurting right now**
What I drank prior: So… this is day 6 after mandatory telework has been instated. Its Saturday but we all still feel it. Feel alone and like we dont have any other choice but to be alone…. But my friends are awesome. We had a virtual happy hour tonight that included an entire bottle of wine and two shots for me. Thats a fuck ton of booze folks. My friends are the best and I couldnt ask for anything more.
New York Times-bestselling author Rae Carson makes a triumphant return to the world of her award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy in this extraordinary stand-alone novel. With action, adventure, and a heroine set on destroying the patriarchal limits meant to keep her in her place, The Empire of Dreams once again proves that Rae Carson is a master of epic fantasy.
Even though Red Sparkle Stone is a foundling orphan with an odd name and a veiled past, she’s about to be adopted into the royal family—by Empress Elisa herself. Sixteen-year-old Red can hardly believe her luck. Then, in a stunning political masterstroke, the empress’s greatest rival blocks the adoption, and Red is left with no family and no future.
Grieving and lost, but determined to find her place, Red hatches a daring plan: she will prove herself as a recruit for the world’s most elite fighting force, the legendary Royal Guard—something no woman has done before. But it’s no coincidence that someone wanted her to fail as a princess, someone whose shadowy agenda puts everything she loves at risk. As danger closes in, it will be up to Red and her new friends—and maybe some new enemies—to save the empire. If they can survive recruitment year.
Drunk Overview: Our lady Red Sparkle Stone is set to be inserted into the line of succession by being adopted by OUR BEST FRIEND Elisa (the main character from one of the best series ever) and its rudely interrupted by an unnamed enemy. This is a stand alone novel in the same world as The Girl of Fire and Thorns about 8 years after the fact. Red gets rejected and ends up as a recruit for the royal guard while she’s also basically tasked with figuring out the consipiracy. No smlall tsak.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Ya know. When i finished Girl of Fire and Thorns I was super saitsfied. I didnt need anything else. I felt whole. THIS BOOK WAS CANDY. This book gave me what I didn’t know I wanted. I can’t believe how happy I was to return to Joya and its empress and that whole world. Even though it was less than two years ago I am so happy to be back.
Characters: AH Ok. So We’re not gonna talk about our faves in this for… reasons… so imma talk about my kids instead
- Aldo: Wow howincredible this kid is. he’s absolutely hilarious and also one of Red’s bestest.
- Pedron: I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. He just wants to bang a bunch of girls and who cant knock him for that? No one,
- The rest of the recruits: I love them so very much. Each in their own way. They all grow and I love them for it.
- Rosario: Yes, THE Rosario from the previous series. He’s like.. a man now.. making his own choices. And also vulnerable while doing it. I love seeing his step-mother’s influence. It makes me happy.
- Ivan: I want to marry him. If no one else will i will do it.. If everyone else wil… they better fight me.
- Red: this is probably the best story I’ve ever read in the case of one person. Comes from such hard times to turn into such a strong woman gives me hope. It should give anyone hope.
No matter where you comef rom or no matter where you are you matter.
Plot: It had a bit of pacing issues. At some points I was like… alright get on with it… but in others i was like wait what the fuck just happened. I found myself clutching my chest at multiple points because of its beauty. Don’t believe me? Ask Ginny.
Writing Style: Its Rae.
World Building: No new world building here but more of my fave and it was awesome.
What to pair it with: a spanish wine. not a super fantastic bouchie wine but one that’s classic and never lets you down.
Rating: 4/5 shots
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: Who’s your fave character from this world?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,