Published date: September 20 2011
Pages: 424 (hardcover)
At first this book really disappointed me and I couldn't get into it at all. I contemplated sitting it down, just to forget about it as it gathers dust.
The feel of this book is very Spanish and the deserts and accents really brought out another side I hadn't before seen in the fantasy world. I've read plenty of medieval books, but none that have ever had that kind of feel to them. The architecture was also another point where the Spanish background was really apparent.
As the book continued, Elisa, the main protagonist, grows into this beautiful character that is strong, courageous, and an amazing young woman. Forever abandoning her old ways of life, and her overweight body. I haven't seen many books either that have an overweight main character. They're usually this sexy and skinny girl that doesn't ever eat. That makes me believe that there's hope for all of us and our society. Carson shows the other female, teen literature leads where to stick it and how to do it.
It seems as if this story is so out of the ordinary, a recurring theme apparently.
I loved this book. The last half of it combined some of the best ideas and characters that it was hard to even think about putting it down. My first impression of it was blown away and replaced by a respect and love of everything Carson stood for in these books.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns stands out among a crowd of look a likes and shows what fantasy should really stand for.