[Review #48] The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Book cover of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - Book Review Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Series: Fire and Thorns
Book one
Author: Rae Carson
Published: 20th September, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow
Genre: High Fantasy
Young Adult
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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.


Wow. I read this book in eight hours straight!

The girl of fire and thorns:
Elisa is the youngest princess of her kingdom, she is the bearer of the godstone which is a gem that was placed by God and sits in her belly button. The gem means she is the chosen one, the one that has been given a service by God himself, she just has to figure out what that is.

Elisa is more confident in the scriptures and other languages than she is in ruling the lands, so when she’s married off to another kingdom’s King and finds out it was for troops to aid his lands with the war that threatens to happen at any time with the Inviernos and that it is a complete secret from his people she’s more than disappointed and confused. She believe’s she is worthless to anyone but will try her hardest to not let that show.

She is kidnapped from her bed and wakes up in the desert with her captors, she realises that to survive she must stay with them. Through her journey we see her grow.

The journey:
Elisa had one hell of a journey that she went through. And not just physically. Although she did travel a bit from her home land to her new husbands kingdom, being kidnapped from there to the Hill Country and having to walk a month through the desert and so on.

The journey I was most impressed with was the personal journey for Elisa. At the beginning she had no confidence at all and believed everyone disliked her either because of the godstone or because she was overweight. As the story went on she grew and changed and watching how that happened was very entertaining and even enlightening. I loved seeing how she overcame her personal difficulties as well as the ones at hand. I loved seeing her grow and adapt to the situation. She was very smart, she may not have been very confident when it came to queenly duties or being in charge but she was very intelligent.

It was nice to see her self confidence grow. 

The emotions:
This book definitely elicited a few emotions out of me. Excitement, anxiousness, pride, and heart break. I was excited for most of the book, anxious when I wasn’t sure what was going to happen, I found myself being proud of Elisa as she grew into a strong confident woman and then the romance was both sweet and heart breaking. This book had me all over the place.

This story was very entertaining and exciting and not just on the level of what was happening, it was also exciting getting to see Elisa change and grow for the good throughout the book. I do think the ending was a little anti-climactical for the huge journey that lead to it happening, but it was still a pretty awesome read.

Overall, this book was one epic read. I had lots of fun reading the trials Elisa faced and thought the journey was very interesting. I will definitely be picking up the next book to see what Elisa face’s next.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns in as enthralling story about an adventure that leads to self growth and strength mixed in with love and determination.

I recommend reading this book if you enjoy fantasy! It’s a must read!

Other books that are similar in a way: Graceling, and Grave Mercy.

Miss J


10 thoughts on “[Review #48] The Girl of Fire and Thorns

  1. I read it pretty quickly as well. I love the concept and the world, but I really loved Elisa’s arch. She transformed beautifully and believably.

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