Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books.
Pages: 423.
Source: Won from publisher via inkpop.
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 needs 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.

As a huge fantasy fangirl, my expectations when reading them are pretty high. I want it to have adventure; exhilarating, fast-paced fights or terrors. I want it to be magical, to have that particular oddness about it that really tugs at my imagination. I want it to have strong, likable characters that I can root for. The Girl of Fire and Thorns exceeded my every expectation. And then some.

Elisa is not your average heroine. She's a bit overweight and she loves pastries. She's somewhat timid and meek in the beginning, but reading as she sheds that skin throughout the novel with all of the perilous endeavors she faces was pretty amazing. I also came to thoroughly love the rest of the cast as well. Rae Carson really shined at developing her characters without making them too stoic and predictable; I never knew what to expect from any of them.

The pace of the story was perfect. Not rushed and never a dull moment. The plot was so engrossing and intriguing. I wanted to know everything about the Godstones, and every time Elisa felt her own Godstone react, I would get ridiculously excited because I knew something big was going to happen.

And the setting. Oh, the setting. The scenery is gorgeously written, but what I loved most is that it's not just a place. The author took that beautiful Spain setting and gave it a comprehensible culture and vocabulary to match. It made the book so much more authentic and fascinating.

Overall, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a dazzling debut, YA fantasy at its absolute best. The courageous characters, stunning setting, terrifying adventures and peculiar magic are something to be experienced, so if you're a fantasy buff, I definitely urge you to pick this one up!

Other reviews for The Girl of Fire and Thorns:
The Reading Date.
Book Bliss.
The Compulsive Reader.


  1. I really liked this book :) Super good story. Great review!

  2. The title reminds me of Daughter of Smoke and bone, haha. I can't wait to read the DOSAB title sound-alike! :P

  3. I agree with Bethany re: the title. I confused them when I first saw them around the blogosphere. Happily both are really good!

  4. I have to admit, the cover and title doesn't attract me much, but if it's one of those books that take you by surprise, then I am definitely picking it up! Glad I stumbled on your review. =D

  5. I've been eyeing this one for a while, but haven't yet picked it up because I'm also a huge high fantasy fan, but have been majorly disappointed by the last several I've read. Nice to know this one lives up to expectations!