I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
on September 20, 2011
Also by this author: The Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom, Walk on Earth a Stranger, Like a River Glorious
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Also in this series: The Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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.
Wow. Just…wow. I really, really love high fantasy. I just said in a recent post that it’s probably my second favorite genre. I just don’t read it often because it’s a little time consuming (but so worth it) and there just doesn’t seem to be that many awesome high fantasy YA’s. Until now. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is utterly amazing from page 1. Sometimes it’s hard to get your bearings in the beginning of a fantasy, what with being introduced to so much world building and information. That’s wasn’t the case with this book. The use of foreign words took a few pages to get used to, but after that there was no looking back.
The element that made The Girl of Fire and Thorns so completely compelling was Elisa. She was an incredible character from the very beginning, but she had no idea of all these things she was capable of. It took getting her away from all of the comforts in her life for her to start really understanding who she is. The development from Elisa in the beginning of the book to Elisa in the middle of the book (not to mention the end!) is astounding. This is some of the best character development I have ever read. Plus, is she completely loveable and relateable. She has ‘flaws’ that you don’t find in YA often but need to be in YA so much more. She is very intelligent. I love that she made decisions that weren’t always good for the individual but for the greater good. Sometimes I lose patience with characters that won’t make tough decisions because someone might get hurt. Really, I just loved Elisa. She was everything I adore in a protagonist.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is epic. I don’t like using that word because it’s way overused, but that’s the only way to explain it. By the time you get to the end of the book you feel like you have been on all these journeys with the characters. It’s exhausting , and unbelievable, but really incredible. I’m amazed at how much story is in this book and how every single second of it was great. The plot, the Godstones, the world building was remarkable and spot on. Rae Carson is not afraid to do painful things to keep the story going, I absolutely love that. Carson has created something kind of magical with this debut. All of you must read it.