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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jaime's review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns 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. Excerpt from Goodreads.

Rae Carson’s book The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a riveting fantasy read it ranks right up there with one of my all-time favorite author’s Maria V. Snyder’s Study and Glass series for me. I know some of you who have read those books will not believe it but give a book we all on twitter have affectionately named TGoFaT a chance you will be very surprised!

The world Rae has created is full of magic and from her descriptions of the many different places you feel as you’ve almost been transported to this world. You feel the Godstone in Elisa’s belly, you feel the thorn prick your finger during the Glorifica, you can almost sense what jerboa soup  would taste like (and BTW eww), and you can feel the heat of the desert.

I really loved the characters she created Elisa is weak at first but she learns quickly and finds her inner strength. The king is likable enough and I absolutely loved his guard Hector (more of him in book 2 please Rae). The rest of the characters each have strong personalities and I can tell you some you will fall in love with and some you will detest from the moment you meet them. Some will also surprise the heck out of you when you think you’ve got them figured out something abruptly changes.

So if you want a great fantasy read with tons of action, intrigue, treachery, and a darned good but different love story go pick up The Girl of Fire and Thorns in September I promise you will love this book and will be yearning for more.


  1. I am SO jealous. Any chance you would ever hold a giveaway (hint hint wink wink) haha. Anyways, great review!! :)

  2. Do you have an e-reader? It's on netgalley ;) I might possibly consider doing a giveaway. Right now it's on a mini tour.

  3. Nice review! I'll have to get on that one! I like all of your badges on your page!

  4. Thanks Mindy :D yeah Patricia's been busy being the button lady ;)

  5. @Jaime: Great review as always. I may pick this up after TNW.

    @Mindy: I love buttons especially of cute guys. Feel free to use any of them :D

  6. Yay you're finally reading TNW so soon we can both gush over it's awesomeness!!!!

  7. Love the review. I knew I could peek even though I'll be reading it in a couple weeks.

    I love books where treachery is involved.

    Oooh and I wonder who I'll hate...Hmmm.

  8. I'm very intrigued that you compared this one to Maria V. Snyder's Study series. I love that series. I have a galley of this book and I should be reading it soon and now I am even more excited.

  9. @Rachel you will totally hate a few people ;)and thanks!

    @Kiki thanks for commenting :D yes this book was amazeballs!

    @Kara yes it very much so reminded me of Maria's books in a great way and you know how much I love The Study and Glass series :D I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  10. Ha this was a great review. I do NOT want to taste the jerboa soup. No way! Ewwww is right!

    I am seriously hoping for more Hector. With the way everything ended, I wasn't sure if that would happen.

    I have to read the Study series. I know I own one or two of the books. But this one reminded me of Dune. Elisa's situation reminded me of Paul's.

    Well, at least by reading it as late as I did I have a shorter wait than you :)

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