The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
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.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns was very interesting and is one of those books that will stick with you. Not only does it leave you thinking about it but you never truly realize this until the end of the book.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns had me tearing up whenever certain parts came along; Rae Carson wrote the book in a way that you feel as if Elisa… is a part of you. You feel what she feels. Then there are times when you wish you could strangle her for her blind trust in people, but then you see where the story leads her and you understand why she is supposed to be that innocent. Even with a war happening, Elisa still believes in and tries to protect everyone.
There is a lot about this book that I like but at the same time you have to pause and think about it because it is very easy to be drawn in and then after the book does hook you it can leave you feeling a bit lost. I must also admit that the story was really slow in the beginning, but after that it picks up in no time and from then it moves at a constant fast pace.
This book took hold of me and it held me for two whole days from beginning to end. If I were to describe this book I would say The Girl of Fire and Thorns reminds me of the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy by Kristen Cashore, except instead of having a particular group of people with unusual talents you have one girl. Overall my rating was 4.8 but I will round it up to 5.
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