Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson

Published date: September 20 2011

Publisher: Greenwillow

Pages: 424 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

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.

Short + Sweet Review:

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.

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