Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Author: Rae Carson

Rating: 3 stars

Summary: 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.

Review: Even though the magic-system is mostly religion-based, I really liked the concept of the Godstones and the animagi. Also, the world was wonderfully written. Elisa is described as really fat, and it's a refreshing change from most princesses. The problem is that she feels useless, and doesn't do anything important until after she's dropped some weight. It's like saying you have to be skinny before you can do anything that matters. The romance was minimal, which was good, but it was so much so that I wondered what the point of including it was. Elisa didn't love the king, and I think she got too much of an easy out on that one. All in all, an okay high fantasy novel.

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