The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I’m baaaaaaaack!  I can’t think of a better book to kick off the new year with!  In this book, I went on an adventure through deserts, palaces, and villages.  We dealt with mistresses, sorcerers, and spies with a princess who gets kidnapped by people who feel that only she can save them.  I really liked this book!

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Author: Rae Carson


Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young….Most of the chosen do.

My take:

Princess Elisa has described herself as a “big, bloated sausage”.  She loves pastries just as much as she loves wallowing in the comparison that she does of herself to her slim beautiful older sister.  She’s obviously not the fairer one of the two, but she has one thing going for her…the Godstone.  She was blessed at her naming ceremony with a beam of light and a permanent stone that resides behind her navel that responds to her prayers…or to danger.

The story begins at her wedding to a handsome king, named Alejandro, who whisks her back to his kingdom only to tell her that their marriage is a secret and treats her only as a royal guest.  She gets more than dirty looks as she is soon kidnapped and taken to the farthermost part of Alejandro’s realm.  Talk about a welcoming committee party! 

The story progresses as Elisa learns about herself, her strengths, her weaknesses, and how to love.  She finds herself through the trials she faces…without her nurse to watch over her and by seeing people die around her.  I want to say more, but don’t want to give any of it away!!!

I didn’t rush through the book and slowly fell in love with Elisa and her story.  There are going to be two other books in the series…  Although, this book could totally stand alone.  If I don’t read the other two…I don’t think I’d feel like I’m missing out on anything.  In other words…no cliffy at the end of this one.


2 responses to “The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

  1. I had the same feeling. I slowly began to like Elisa. I hated that she lost both of her love interests. The boy she loved, his death was a bit predictable, but when her husband died, I wanted to toss the book across the room. But, you’re right. It could stand alone, especially with a “everyone’s happy” ending.

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