Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)Title: Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publishing Date: September 20th 2011
Pages: 424
Genre: Young Adult Epic Fantasy
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

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.


I have been on a real kick for Epic Fantasy lately. It seems more and more are coming out in young adult. I have seen this one around and picked it to read and couldn’t put it down. Amazing book with Romance, treachery, kingdom saving, bravery, and finding oneself. All parts of a great epic fantasy.

Elisa is 16, never had much a life outside her palace, carries a Godstone, and finds herself being married off and hunted for her Godstone. In the course of being married off and getting to know her husband she is kidnapped and thrown into a world she never knew existed along with a prophecy that she is expected to fulfill. Elisa will need to find the courage and her true self to save her kingdoms and her family.

This book was very exciting for me. I love epic fantasies because of the journey the main character needs to go through and the discoveries made along the way. Elisa is a wonderful character, from the beginning I fell in love but I did notice among her qualities she had a great heart and was very loyal but she had not self worth. She believed herself to be nothing special, in fact she believed the Godstone she carried was a mistake and she would never be worth of it. Along the way of her journey she finds herself and she discovers she is much more than she ever thought, she is brave and she is smart.  Her love for her people and her family take her to new boundaries. 

The story was not all happy and fun. There were some very sad parts and I cried. There were parts I wish never had to happen and was angry for Elisa and saddened for her too. Elisa goes through many trials and endures much loss but she still pushes onward and after almost losing her faith, she finds that the faith is what keeps her going, Faith in her God, faith in her people, and faith in herself. Wonderful story and can’t wait for the next installment.



  1. I loved this too, can't wait for the next book :)

  2. I just finished this too and loved it - especially to see how Elisa grew to be more confident in herself and her abilities, throwing away much of her self-doubt.


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