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Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns coverThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Published August 21st, 2012 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 20th, 2011).


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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, and 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 her to be 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. 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. (Goodreads)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Another book that completely blew me away. If you’ve been following me here or on YouTube for any amount of time you will know I don’t often read fantasy. When I do I usually get lost in all the details and struggle to finish. A Girl of Fire and Thorns was a completely different experience. This story was so intriguing. The writing was top-notch, and the characters oh my the characters.

Every 100 years God chooses one person for greatness. In doing so, a Godstone is implanted in their navel. It sounds weird and I guess a part of it is, but the way it is written doesn’t make it seem weird at all. During the time of A Girl of Fire and Thorns Elisa, the most recent chosen one has turned 16 and she is marrying a king whose country is in turmoil. Elisa is confused why she is the one being married off as she is the youngest of two princesses and she doesn’t know much about running a country or being a wife. What she does know about is food and pastries. In particular Honey-Coconut Scones. Regardless of her lack of appeal, she marries the king from Joya D’Arena and travels with him across the desert to his palace. She hopes that maybe in time he can be attracted to her and maybe even fall in love. But when she arrives the king asks her to keep their marriage a secret.

What drew me in was the ease in which you fall into the world, knowing things are to come but enjoying the journey to get to those things. I can sometimes get impatient. Then the twist happens and the story takes an entirely different route. It happened in a way that made sense and wasn’t for shock value. It lures you into a false sense of security, like you know what you’re reading, then yanks the rug from under your feet. And it does this not once, but twice. I highly recommend this book. 5 stars!

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