The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

By Rae Carson

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level: Medium(ish)

Pages: 423

Review: 3.5 / 5


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 (“Goodreads“).


The Girl of Fire and Thorns cover image.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns cover image.

I like this book, but I did not exactly love it. To be honest, I’d give it a 3.75 out of 5, but I don’t want to make a thing out of adding decimal places – soon enough I’ll be writing, “I would give this book 3.72940281 out of 5,” which is just kind of weird.

I’m in a very romantic mood right now – I want romance – and this book doesn’t really have any of it. Well, it has hints and romantic tendencies, but nothing ever really happens. And there is nothing wrong with that, it’s even kind of refreshing to read something where romance isn’t the focus point of the whole plot – I’m just not in the mood for it.

That being said, I immensely enjoyed reading about the main character, Elisa. Particularly her personality transformation, but also her great love for food – I can relate.

She was also kind of unclear about certain things, and I really liked how muddled her emotions were. Humans are messy like that, things aren’t in black and white (sorry for the cliché), and people go back and forth between what they’re feeling (if that even makes sense).

I did not like the main love interest of the story, however – and those of you who have also read this book know who I’m talking about. He just wasn’t manly enough, kind of like a boy in his actions and just the way he “spoke” made me annoyed. I don’t know… Just didn’t like him.

Anyway, this was a fairly good fantasy novel that lacked somethings (in my opinion) but I would recommend it to some of my friends.

Have a great Monday!

(If such a thing even exists…)



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