The Empire of Dreams


by Rae Carson (Author)

Book Cover for The Empire of Dreams

   Book 4   
Pages: 448

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. 

Girl of Fire and Thorns Series—Summary and Book Order

Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns
Reading level: 13+
Books in series: 7
Read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished
Tags: fantasy  romance  myth & legend  mystery  magic 

 Print series book list

Books in series order

1.   The Girl of Fire and Thorns  (2011)
2.   The Crown of Embers  (2012)
3.   The Bitter Kingdom  (2013)
4.   The Empire of Dreams  (2020)
+   The Shattered Mountain  (2013)
+   The Shadow Cats  (2012)
+   The King's Guard  (2013)