23 September 2011

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, and 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 her to be 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 don't think it was the thrill of reading it on my new Kindle that had me loving this book so much.  The characters, the originality, the plot, everything, worked.  It was a great read; I enjoyed it from beginning to end. There are a few things I would have preferred to be different, but it didn't detract from the sheer awesomeness of this book.

I liked the main character, Elisa.  Though some of the things she did annoyed me like nothing else, she had such a streak of reality to her.  She grew through her experiences and came to be a different person by the end of the book.

I loved the setting and plot, and how closely intertwined they were.  I was totally blown away!  Some parts were predictable, so I was settling in for a predictable ending and then BOOM.  Halfway to the end and everything totally hits the fan.  I almost cried.

But I liked the romance, I liked the story, and the characters.  The only problem I had with it was how short it was.  In retrospect, I could easily imagine the amount of time passing throughout the story.  As I read however, it seemed to pass too quickly—to fast to get any depth.  I felt as if the author should have taken her time, and let the story expand.

She had great descriptions, though.  So great, I used the nifty note-making feature on my Kindle to mark a few passages, this one included:
The tumultuous snarl of sand is so huge and steady, so pure, that it is almost like quiet.
Elegant in its simplicity.

I cannot wait to see where this series goes.  I want to read the next book now!  (And I'm totally buying this in hardcover.)

Book Info:
  • pages – hardcover, 432
  • published – September 20, 2011
  • publisher – Greenwillow/HarperCollins
  • genre – fantasy
  • received via – Netgalley
    • I received this galley in return for an honest review.
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – Fire and Thorns
    • The Shadow Cats (novella) | Review
    • The Girl of Fire and Thorns
    • The Crown of Embers | Review
    • The Bitter Kingdom