Friday, June 7, 2013

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson

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.

First line:
 Prayer candles flicker in my bedroom. The Scriptura Sancta lies discarded, pages crumpled, on my bed. Bruises mark my knees from kneeling on the tiles and the Godstone in my naval throbs. I have been praying-no, begging- that King Alejandro de Vega, my future husband, will be ugly, old, and fat.
Today is the day of my wedding. It is also my sixteenth birthday.
Nook ebook
4 Godstones out of 5
 It took me forever to start this book. And when I did, I put it down 30 pages into it. So the other night, I picked it up and decided to finish it. My night ended at 5am with a finished book.  What took me so long to pick the book back up? I honesty don't know. I just wish I had started it earlier and know I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Elisa bears the Godstone, a sign that she is God's chosen one. She struggles to understand what this mean. Every bearer has an act of service to perform and Elisa wants to know what hers it. So, to find it, she studies Scipture. When we first meet her, she is a self-loathing, fat person, unsure of her place in the world.

Elisa is forced to marry King Alejandro from a neighboring country. All Elisa desires from him is his attention and friendship, and as time goes on, maybe even his love. But he ignores, doesn't even announce his marriage to her to his country. He prefers the company of his mistress over his wife. So, Elisa struggles to appear strong in front of this country, to be worthy of being queen, even though they do not yet know of her union to their king.

When Elisa is kidnapped, she is taken to the hill country, where they are preparing for war. Or so the capitol believes. Little do they know that the war never stopped. Elisa is taken to a secret village run by a priest that harbors refugees and orphans. They believe that Elisa, as the Godstone bearer, can save them. She wants to help these people but realizes they are no match for two armies of ten thousand. So she forms a secret militia. The vast difference in Elisa's confidence from the start of book to the end was amazing. I loved watching her develop from an unsure girl into a strong, confident woman.

I highly recommend this book to anybody who loves fantasy and action. It's definitely worth the read (and the late nights ;).

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