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.
I think the sole reason I read this book is because I saw it on a few blogs and was interested by the cover alone. It sounded like an amazing read — one that I would really love — so I requested it. It seemed like one of those books that was utterly amazing, but just not getting enough attention.
I’m finding it really hard to put into words how much I loved this book. I had been in a bit of a reading slump, reading the odd book here and there, with only a few good ones and a lot of mediocre ones. When I eyed my pile of books that were due back at the library soon, I picked up Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns and started reading. By about page 13, I couldn’t put it down!
The Girl of Fire and Thorns tells the story of 16-year-old Elisa, a girl who is one of God’s chosen ones, who is about to marry a man she has never met. She’s not ready to marry, she’s overweight, and naive. The wedding was arranged by her father and Elisa is less than thrilled that it’s happening. Oh, and that guy she’s to marry? He’s a king. His country is in turmoil and Elisa isn’t sure how her being there will help. She can only hope that her gift from God, her being the chosen one, the bearer of the Godstone, will show her the way. Continue reading