Thursday, July 5, 2012

Brad About Books: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Published: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow (Harper)
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 424 pages
Series: Fire and Thorns, #1

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 is a fast-paced thriller that has non-stop action, blooming romance, and a storyline that is unique. Such an awesome debut!

The world-building in THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is insane . . . but also epic, at the same time. Rae Carson has crafted together a fantasy world filled with the royal kings and queens, vicious rebels that aren't afraid of anything, and a heroine who is a believable teenager trying to find her place in this world.

The characters of this novel were complex and deep. I cared for every single character, especially Elisa. I would cheer for every character along the way, and I was so happy that Carson put hard work into her characters. While Elisa seemed immature at first, she grows so much throughout this book. She becomes stronger, fearless, and one of the toughest protagonists I have ever read about in YA literature.

Speaking of fearless, Rae Carson loves to put her characters into deep situations. No spoilers here, but there's a death in this book that left my mouth hanging wide open, wondering if that seriously just happened. I was so sad when that death occurred, but I think that's the climatic point of Elisa's strength that pushed her to be the greatest she can be.

It would have been super helpful, though, if there was a map placed in this novel. With high fantasy novels, the worlds are usually very complex, and I feel that a map would have helped this story more. I wanted to know where exactly the kingdoms were placed, and how long the jungle was that they had to cross. Nonetheless, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS was an excellent novel.

Overall, I highly recommend you pick up THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS. If you love high fantasy (like I do), this is the perfect book for you! 

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