Saturday, 17 August 2013

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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Source: Purchased
Publisher: Greenwillow
Format: Hardcover, 423 pages
Release Date: September 20, 2011

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.
As typical of most epic fantasy, Elisa, the protagonist, has a monumental destiny to fulfill. The problem? She has no idea where to start.

At the beginning of the novel, Elisa is acutely and painfully aware of her 'weaknesses.' But as the story carries on and she is tested in ways she never could have imagined, she rises to the challenge marvellously and comes to see her strengths as well. I loved the personal development in Elisa more than anything else in this book. I have so much respect for Elisa's growth into the strong, confident woman she was too scared to let herself become. The fact that her strong points come in the form of her wisdom and knowledge and that she actually gets to use that to turn the tide in a war was refreshing to read.

Religion is definitely a part of this book but I think you'd be doing yourself a disservice to turn away because that makes you feel wary. The theme is handled with care and expertly intertwined with the rest of the plot. I really appreciated reading Elisa begin to question things she never had before and start to form her own opinions regarding her faith.

It's a testament to Rae Carson's writing that this novel could pull me in so many settings and directions (that I devoured in half a day, no less) and still never feel disjointed or rushed. I hope that the next book delves into further detail about the magic and the Godstones because while I'm satisfied with what I was given, I want more more more!

Despite going into this book with huge spoilers (spoiler. alerts. please.), I really really enjoyed it! And thank goodness I don't have to wait at all for the next one.

4.5 Golden Crowns!

Cover Comments: I don't have any real love for this cover but considering the change that was made in regards to it... two thumbs way up.


  1. Sonia it's good to see you're back! I missed your reviews:) I've heard lots of good stuff about this book, thanks for sharing!

    Esty @ Boarding with Books

    1. Aww Esty, I've missed seeing you around too! Hope you get to read this one soon! :)

  2. Yay, so glad you liked this book! I really liked the way that Elisa developed throughout the book, and also the setting, which was awesome! I've been meaning to read the sequel for ages but haven't got round to it yet. Fab review, thanks! :)

    1. YES, setting was great! I never expected to be so charmed by the desert LOL. I just read the sequel a couple of days ago and was blown away. Loved it even more than the first <3 Thanks, Liz!

  3. I haven't read this series yet but now I really want to. I definitely like it when I don't have to wait for the following books to come out :) Thanks for the review!

    1. Ahh, please do! I really really recommend it. Thanks for the comment, Sierra! :)

  4. You read spoilers? That's the worst! Sorry that that had to happen, but I'm still glad you enjoyed this book, despite that. I totally agree about the religion and faith. I loved how Rae Carson handled that aspect, and I also really liked her writing. I still need to pick up the next book in this series -- I don't know why I haven't yet! :) Great review, Sonia.

    1. Sometimes the Internet is the worst :P Oh well. Obviously you were just waiting for the last book to be released so you could read them both back-to-back! ;) So clever, Sam. Looks like your waiting is almost up though, yippee! Thanks for the comment.

  5. Thanks for the review! I'm glad the religion was handled nicely, since that is an aspect that can turn people away from books. Sounds like the MC really grows and comes into herself as well, and I LOVE that.


    1. I definitely agree about the religion point. I've seen so many reviews from people that disliked books because of the religious aspects. Understandable, I guess :) YES, absolutely! There's so much character growth, it made my heart happy <3

  6. I totally have to stay on GoodReads while I read, because I've been spoiled before! Ugh!

    I really want to read this trilogy and now that the last book is out, I'm definitely going to start it soon! Can't wait! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  7. I read this a few months ago and I thought it was awesome. Like you said, I loved the personal development of Elisa, because in the beginning I hated her so much I wanted to beat the book with a baseball bat, but her transformation throughout the novel was fantastic and I love how determined she is to prove herself, like when she's hiking across the desert.

    I'm always a huge fan of stories where the characters learn to fight for themselves too, like what she does with the kids in that village. It reminds me of Magic Study, where Yelena teaches the homeless kids how to work for money and they make a thriving business and become great allies and information gatherers for her.