Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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5 stars


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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Non-Spoiler Thoughts

This book is unlike any fantasies I have ever read. The MC for starters isn’t some kick-butt warrior to start off with. She enjoys food not horseback riding. Also she holds a Godstone in her belly button. There was a lot of great character development as Elisa came into knowing what she truly was blessed with the Godstone for. When she is kidnapped the entire book goes straight to action and once I had reached that point there was no putting the book down.

There is a part during the characters own growth that some were upset over, but I thought it had made perfect sense due to the situation. It would have been entirely unrealistic had it not had happened.

What I liked

Everything from the world to to every character written; even the bad. I wish there could have been more Alejandro and Lord Hector but it would’ve been difficult due to the MC being away from them for so long. Also, Elisa at first I didn’t particularly think I would like her, but then when she saved Alejandro at the beginning I began to love her.

Then there is the ever talented Cosme who I dreamed to be every second. She seemed to be the true star of this book.

Then the ending was closed off enough that you could read it as a standalone if you wanted and I love that with books. Sometimes major cliffhanger with series and trilogies can be a little annoying and this book gave satisfaction to many of the books problems.

What I didn’t like

The only thing I did not like was Humberto’s name. It just never seem to fit him for me and I felt awkward saying it. Not that it is a bad name, just that I didn’t picture him as a Humberto.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. If you liked the Graceling realm by Kristin Cashore or even the Throne of Glass books, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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