Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Release Date/Publisher: September 20th, 2011by Greenwillow
Read: February 17th, 2012
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.
What I thought:
Ever since I read the Tortall world of Tamora Pierce, I’ve been in love with fantasy books about castles, sword battles, a little bit of magic, and so on. This book definitely doesn’t disappoint, with an all new type of fantasy adventure that made me never want to put the book down.
Elisa is an amazing character. She starts out as feeling useless and unwanted, someone the reader can imagine themselves as being. A curvy girl who sits in the sidelines while her sister and father rule their kingdom. The only thing she thinks redeems her is the Godstone, a little blue stone in her bellybutton, placed there by God when she was little. She is his chosen one, and is told she will have a great destiny. Some people might try to use her and this stone for their own purposes however, so she needs to be kept safe.
Because of that, she gets secretly married to a king from another country. Not long after arriving at his castle, she gets kidnapped, and is forced across the desert, to a group of people who say they need her help. Through the book she grows stronger and changes, but I won’t spoil it by giving anything away. Aside from the fact that Humberto and Cosmé are awesome!
I loved the world this author has created. All the characters you loved and hated, all the adventures they went through, and all the clever plans were an amazing read. I recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, a little bit of romance and lots of adventure.