The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Here’s another entry in my summer of fantasy novels! I should probably finish a series before starting another one, though. It makes remembering the details difficult.

Elisa wanders the castle. She is not as pretty as her older sister, nor does she share her political savvy. She does bear a secret that marks her as the chosen one and this makes her an important figure in her country and in the kingdom at large.  As we are introduced to Elisa, she is preparing for her wedding day. She is to be wed to a man she has never met from a country bordering her own. It is a political marriage. She wanders the castle eating this and that nervously.

As soon as she has time to make an uneasy settling into her new marriage, Elisa is kidnapped and taken into another neighboring country. There she learns that there has been an ongoing war for years that no one in her husband’s land or her father’s seems to know about. She decides that it is her duty as the new Queen of the neighboring realm to use her powers to end the fighting.

I was a bit disappointed in the author’s choices in this one. Elisa is a bit fat. It is a source of discomfort for her. When she is kidnapped, she is traveling for about a month through the desert and loses her weight. It is then that she comes into her own and gains her confidence. Wouldn’t it be better for her to be fat and confident? Weight is such a fraught topic. When it comes to body image, teenage girls need all the help they can get.  Other than that, I am curious to read the next book. I hear that it is better than the first. Maybe she will gain her weight back and live happily ever after.


Reviewed by: Gina on August 9, 2017

Number of Pages: 423

Tags: Fantasy, Young Adult

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