Review – Lord of Embers


Lord of Embers


The Demon Queen Trials # 2


C.N. Crawford


Paranormal Romance


Once, I was a broke college student. Now, it seems I’m destined to rule as the Lightbringer–queen of the demon realm. Except I have competition in the form of Orion, the Lord of Chaos. Like me, he has been marked as a leader. We can’t keep our hands off each other, even if he swore an oath to kill me.

It seems we both want the same thing–the crown. And in this battle of wills, only one of us will be left standing.


4stars rating

I have looked forward to this instalment soooo freaking much! And I have to say, and it didn’t disappoint 😉


We pretty much dive straight back into the story where we left of. Rowan, who was banned from demon city, is back in Osborne. Not one to sit still, she’s actively trying to get back into the city as she still hasn’t found out who killed her mother. Orion, on the other hand, is still very much searching for a way to kill the king… and yeah, he’s still pretty sure Rowan is Mortana *roll eyes*. As always, scenes and environments are explicit and well described. It is such a pleasure reading books by the author as you just know you can sit back, relax and let your mind drift off into the story.

Character development:

Well, I have to say… why can’t they just realise that they’ve got the hots for each other and that they are a lot stronger together than they are apart? I mean… seriously, Orion! *sigh*
We learn a lot more about both characters in this instalment, even some things they didn’t know (or couldn’t remember). I thought it was fantastic reading how Rowan evolved throughout the book (so hard not revealing anything!), physically, emotionally and mentally.
Orion, well, to be honest, he is still one of my favourite characters; I just wish he would think before he says anything.
Alas, that is not in the cards for now. He is still dead-set on killing the king and getting his revenge against everyone.
We got to meet some new characters, out of which Tammuz is the most fun and interesting. I hope we meet him again in the next instalment!
Characters feel alive, believable and (up to a certain point) relatable. They each have their plan and reasons for doing things. Even the side characters (hello Goody Putnam) have a depth to them 🙂 Actually, I think that in Goody Putnam’s case, you could write a novella 😀

Pacing & Flow:

It’s different than in the first instalment. A bit more laid back while still achieving a good balance between action and conversations.

The book itself:

The book is well written and has some sexual content described (if that is important to you).
It is 248 pages long, spread over 34 chapters and told mainly from Rowan’s point of view (with some Orion chapters here and there).

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, and all in all, it is a good continuation of the first instalment. I liked the first one better though, it had more action and suspense, and I really do like Orion and Rowan more when they work together than when they’re at each other’s throats. But still… so happy I read this book! 😀
Now the long wait till the third instalment begins… oh dear.