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

Posted July 16, 2013 in 4 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

the girl of fire and thornsThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
September 2011
Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Rating: 
Some violence but average for a YA book
3/5 stars


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 needs 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 mostly enjoyed this book. I don’t typically read much historical fiction but I decided to give it a try. The author created a good heroine, someone a lot of girls can relate to. Elise is overweight and unsure of herself but she still manages to get through everything. She is married at the young age of 16 and sent of to be a queen only to get kidnapped a short while later. She transforms herself throughout the whole book and turns into a courageous and smart young woman.

There’s only a couple reasons I would not give this book a full 5 stars. First of all there was a lot of religion in this book. I have nothing against that it’s just not something I enjoy reading in a fantasy book. The second thing is that I wish we saw more of Elisa’s husband. I wish they had been together more and fell in love. That’s just my romantic side coming out but it would have been nice. Instead her husband doesn’t even recognize her after she returns. It’s unfortunate really.

4 out of 5 stars

“Honor from death, is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”

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