Series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
A wonderfully rich, engaging, brilliantly plotted, and thrilling story. The Girl of Fire and Thorns series took me on an adventure filled with twists, turns, thrills, terrors, and tantalizing triumphs.
These series caught me by surprise because it’s not my usual style. I mainly read adult romance, be it contemporary or historical, and I’ve never been into YA or teen novels. Well, shame on me for being close-minded, because this series was spectacular! This young adult story was so deeply engrossing and wickedly juicy, and I know that I’ll be reading and rereading all three books for years to come.
This trilogy is about Elisa. It chronicles a time in her life when she is thrusted into a position of power and responsibility, and Rae Carson skillfully shows how tribulations spark growth and build strength. Lucern-Elisa de Riqueza is the second princess of Orovalle. When the story begins, we learn that she’s to marry King Alejandro, the leader of Invierne, a country in turmoil. Elisa is 16-years-old, and Alejandro is a beautiful, charismatic, older man who she knows nothing about. Once Elisa marries and leaves her home for a new land and new title, she is immediately thrown into a world of politics, intrigue, and shadow.
I’ll give a brief synopsis review, but I won’t really go into any details. I didn’t know anything about this series before I read it – I just went in based on a recommendation alone, and I hope you trust me enough to do the same. This series is exceptional, and I know you’ll enjoy it!
In the first book of the trilogy, Elisa is very young and naive, but she has an innate strength and intelligence that makes her formidable. Still, she’s a teenager who’s unsure, and I loved how the author showed her vulnerabilities and insecurities, because it realistically portrayed how someone her age acts, feels, and thinks. She’s beautiful, but she doesn’t see it, she’s fierce, although she thinks she’s fragile, and she’s special, even though she feels unloved. I fell in love with this heroine pretty much from the first chapter, and I just loved seeing her develop. Her growth was organic and believable. She doesn’t just become this infallible, badass heroine with all the answers. No, she falters and she falls, and she struggles to figure out who she is and who she wants to become. With each book she grows a little bit more, and by the end of this series, she’d become one of my favorite heroines, maybe even my favorite now that I think about it! I love her!
As the story develops, we’re introduced to a brilliant cast of characters and taken on some thrilling adventures. I can’t emphasize enough how brilliant the plot and storytelling in this series is. It’s simply amazing how it flows, seamlessly. The pace is perfect and every scene is enthralling. There wasn’t one moment when I was bored, or distracted. There were moments when I was furious because I couldn’t find an appropriate place to pause reading. I can’t tell you how many times I said I was going to stop reading after a chapter, only for it to end on a jaw dropping note, so that I HAD to continue, to find out what was happening next. Not that I’m complaining, because isn’t that the best thing that can happen when you’re reading?
With themes including fate and destiny, bravery, self-discovery, trust and unity, truth, growth, and love, this trilogy has it ALL. I love every thing about it. Seriously. The characters are strong; each one more than they seem, and each playing an important role. There isn’t any filler in this series. Every word matters, and each scene unfolds purposefully. I experienced the gamut of emotions ranging from excitement, fear, anger, nervousness, devastation (yep, some scenes will make you cry), hope, love, joy, and the purest happiness. Simply put, this series was perfect. I loved it and can’t wait to read it again!
P.S. I also listened to this on audio, and the production is amazing. Jennifer Ikeda narrates the whole series and she is top class! There are a lot of characters in this series, and a plethora of accents, and she does an outstanding job narrating every single one of them. I know that audiobooks are pricy, but I recommend you listen to these. She really brings the story to life! I’d even choose the audio production over simply reading it, it is that good. Give it a try!