CBR III Review #145: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Elisa is overweight, a little mousey and completely unprepared to understand her birth rite. Elisa was born with the godstone. A stone bestowed on her, after her birth, from the heavens. Only one person a century is blessed with such a gift. Because of the godstone she is married off to the king of a neighboring land and in exchange he will help protect her from the many people out there that would gladly kill Elisa for what adjourns her body.
I’ll admit I picked up the book because the title The Girl of Fire and Thorns reminded me of Kantiss. The same reason I picked up The Girl in the Arena but where that gamble really did not pay off I really think this one did. Elisa is one of the best female protagonist I have ever had the privilege of reading about. She doesn’t start off being confident and take charge but the situation surrounding her gives her no choice. She changes on the outside as well as the inside and you learn to respect her for being as strong as she can possibly be considering the circumstances.
There is a little romance thrown in but for the most part it takes a back seat to the all the action. Elisa finds herself thrown in the middle of a war that the government refuses to admit is even going on. Elisa is extremely relatable and even though the novel starts off slow you are soon thrown into an action packed fantasy adventure. This novel is packed with twist and turns that you weren’t expecting and although Elisa is very religious it doesn’t feel like it is forced on the reader. A part of the novel had me in tears and I’ll admit I never saw that coming….I highly recommend to readers who love a good fantasy novel.
- Reading level: Ages 13 and up
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062026488
- ISBN-13: 978-0062026484
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)