Well hello there friends!
Are you ready for some fantasy love?! I hope so because I seriously have some major fantasy love going on and the audiobook of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson just rocked my world!
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.
You guys! This book! I honestly have been reluctant to write this review because I just didn’t know how to explain how fabulous it is. It really, really is fabulous. And to think, it had been sitting on my self so long without me realizing how much I’d love it!
To be honest though, I did feel a little out of the loop at first. It seemed like we just got thrown into Elisa’s story with little to no context and we had to learn the context as we were going. I felt lost like I knew nothing about her culture or kingdom to ground myself in the story. It soon became clear that this would all come along as the story progresses. Once Elisa travels to Brisadulce this context starts to come into focus a little more and the plot really picks up.
At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Elisa either. However I quickly grew to love her, which is almost what I think was supposed to happen. I think the way I felt about Elisa mirrored how she felt about herself. She wasn’t sure if she liked herself or not. She was kind of just going through life doing the motions and as Elisa starts to figure out how she feels about herself, we as readers do too. She may just be one of my favorite heroines in YA now! Carson’s supporting characters were bright and vivid too, especially Humberto, Cosme and Lord Hector (le sigh…).
One of my favorite things about The Girl of Fire and Thorns was the religion aspect of things. Elisa’s faith and religion was such a huge part of who she was and there was just so much detail in Elisa’s religion that it’s just integral to the story as a whole. Total world building.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a great start to a fantasy series that I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the books (I first wrote this review in August I have since read all three books!!!!) If you’re a fan of fantasy and romance you absolutely must read this series!
To make things even more awesome I’ll be seeing Rae Carson in November at YA’LL Fest in Charleston on November 9th! I can’t wait to meet her!
Author: Rae Carson
Publisher: Greenwillow, Recorded Books (September 20, 2011)
Length: 12 hours and 9 minutes
Narrator(s): Jennifer Ikeda
Series: Fire and Thorns series, book 1
Buy the Book: The Girl of Fire and Thorns