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

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Hardcover
432 pages
Epected publication:
September 20th 2011
by Greenwillow Books

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, 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.

 

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is truly one of the most uniquely written fantasies that I have read a chance to read this year.   The world is so well imagined even down to the most smallest detail such as the color of the clothes and the many different people who Elisa meets.  Everything makes you feel like you are there and you almost can smell and taste even the food in this novel.

I love how Elisa is full of flaws and you see right from the beginning that she is just a girl who has been given a great responsiblity and doesn’t know if she is the right one to have been given it.  Elisa seems to turn to food for comfort as many of us do.   She is over weight and is frightened of her destiny.   Thru out the book you see the struggles that Elisa faces and the transformations that takes place not only on the inside but also the outside.   She not only figures out that she can and will make the hard decision but that she is capable of living with those decisions.

I love how this book is takes you on an emotional journey of highs and lows.  I also love how it doesn’t give you the typical happy ending such as they live happily ever after.  Life is hard and  this book truly displays just how hard life can be but also, how you can over come even the worst that life has to throw at you.

I am glad that there are two other books planed for this series.  Although this book ended at a place where if there wasnt another book I would be sad but at least it has closure to it unlike so many other books.  I hate when a book leaves you hanging on the edge and you have to wait months even a year for the next one.

This book was just a fantastic read and I am so recommending this book to anyone who loves fantasy.  Also, anyone looking for a realistic hero or heroine.  I would just like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read a truly remarkable book.

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