The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Series: Book One of Fire and Thorns
Purchase: Book Depository

This review contains no spoilers.

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 kingโ€”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 doesnโ€™t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

This really is a great book, and Rachel Carson is clearly a very good author. The storyline and plot show a great deal of promise and certainly kept me entertained, and it dealt with a lot of things that you usually don’t see covered in young adult literature (race and body insecurity as examples).

Elisa is, in a sense, more grown up than a lot of YA heroines, and is put into a lot of situations they usually aren’t: marriage, consummation of a marriage, being a step mother, and dealing with an unfaithful husband.

Characters

Elisa: She’s the main reason I gave this three stars. There were times that I really hated her and that she absolutely drove me up the wall. She is fat and wants to make sure you know it. It’s all she ever thinks about. “Oh I’m sad, I’m gonna go eat and get fatter” and “Oh my husband must hate me I’m fat” and “My step-son has never seen someone as fat as me.” I have nothing against fat people and I think that it’s great that the main character of a book is outside “typical,” but she is just too much.

Alodia: Elisa’s older, ‘perfect’ sister.

King Alejandro de Vega: Elisa’s husband, who married her for the alliance and for her godstone despite already having a son through a previous marriage (his wife died) and a mistress at home.

Overall

I honestly liked this series, I love the idea of it and the story telling. But I really could not stand Elisa. I promise that she’s much better by the later books, and I think its worth it to slog through the first book to get to read the later ones, but

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