As the first series for 2022 that I am attempting to complete, I definitely needed to do a quick re-read of this one. I’m so glad that I did, because it was awesome!
About the Book
Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dates Read: January 1 – 9, 2022
Edition Read: Kindle eBook
Blurb: 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.
This book caught my interest early on. I was immediately drawn to Elisa. Maybe it was something about a bookish, awkward, shy, chubby girl that I related to, but I absolutely loved her as a character. She has such a huge responsibility, being a bearer of a Godstone, and she doesn’t even understand what she has to do! She just knows that she has been chosen for something great, but has no confidence that she could possibly ever ascend to greatness.
Speaking of the Godstone, I really enjoyed this as part of the mythology of this world. And we don’t even know what all they can do! We get to learn that right along with Elisa, although she doesn’t know everything yet. So far, all that Elisa’s Godstone has done is give her warnings of danger by turning ice cold, but we also know that evil sorcerers can use them for magic once they have been parted from their original bearers. There is so much mystery about them and I can’t wait to see where the author is going with this.
There are several side characters that I really loved as well. Hector, the captain of King Alejandro’s royal guard who constantly looks out for Elisa to make sure she is okay. Cosme, a maid assigned to Elisa who is much more than what she seems. Ximena, Elisa’s nurse and fiercest protector. Humberto, a young rebel who becomes Elisa’s dear friend. I even liked Alejandro, even though he was very frustrating and indecisive for a king about to be forced into war. Come on, dude! Take a stand!
Overall, it was just a very good story and so nice to see how Elisa grows and changes with her new found powers and responsibilities. The story starts a bit slow, but picks up very quickly and is a whirlwind towards the end. So good.
GoodReads rating: originally 4 stars, but after this re-read, I bumped it up to 5.
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