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Gwen’s Reflection on The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

This book has a very engaging plot, which keeps the reader interested with constant intrigue, rebellion, betrayal, war, kidnapping, and romance. Although most of the book centers around Elisa’s travels to and from various places through deserts, forests, steep cliffs and dry riverbeds, these journeys are not boring and change Elisa in many ways.

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Series: Fire and Thorns Trilogy, Book 1

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4

Description:

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.

(From Goodreads.com)

Review:

As with most new trilogies, I read the first book when it came out, then again with the sequel, and finally with the conclusion. Often by the third reading, my feelings have changed, and I am either bored of the book by that point, or I enjoy it more because I know what to expect. In this case, my rating has greatly improved over time, and I think I would finally agree with Tamora Pierce’s comment that The Girl of Fire and Thorns is “a unique and engrossing read!”

This book has a very engaging plot, which keeps the reader interested with constant intrigue, rebellion, betrayal, war, kidnapping, and romance. Although most of the book centers around Elisa’s travels to and from various places through deserts, forests, steep cliffs and dry riverbeds, these journeys are not boring and change Elisa in many ways.

Elisa is a very unique character, who spends most of her time eating pastries, loves the art of war, and has a gemstone stuck in her belly button. I often wonder what Rae Carson’s inspiration was for this fat, intelligent, God-blessed girl. I greatly admire Rae Carson, because she is not afraid to be out of the ordinary, and often kills major characters. It makes the story seem more realistic, and shines more light onto Elisa’s doubts about the God (this is not Christian Fiction, but merely a fictional religion) who plays a large part in this book.

The beginning and end of this book were both written very well. The beginning is not action-packed, but jumps right into a political marriage; with Elisa hoping her husband is ugly and old so he won’t be disappointed in her. The ending seems too easy of a conclusion, which hinted greatly at more to come, but the last few pages finished up like the conclusion of a well-written essay. The purpose is restated and a twist is added to leave the reader with a new idea to ponder until the next book.

The reason The Girl of Fire and Thorns is not five stars is because it was missing a certain bit of magic to really allow the reader to connect with the characters in a truly emotional way. I was never up late reading this book, but by my third reading I have come to look past the missing pieces to the amazingly original and constantly surprising bigger picture.

I look forward to the next two books in this series, The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom, and finally reading the conclusion to Elisa’s seemingly endless adventures.

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3 comments on “Gwen’s Reflection on The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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