Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Goodreads)
Series: Fire and Thorns #1
Genre: fantasy, ya fiction
Published by: Greenwillow Books in September 2011
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.
I went into this book knowing next to nothing about it so I didn’t have high expectations. This book is a YA fantasy. The story takes place in a different world, with different cities and different cultures. Certain terms aren’t in English, I guess it’s either Spanish or Portuguese. I’m guessing this is meant to give the whole world a more Mediterranean or foreign feeling. Most people in this world also strongly believe in a God and every century this God chooses a person to bear the Godstone: a jewel that’s placed in the navel of that person and these people have a ‘special task’.
The main character Elisa, who is the latest bearer of the Godstone, has some great character development going on and I’m sure this will continue in the next book. She’s smart and brave though in the beginning she’s just smart and clumsy. I liked how she changed so much and how realistic it was. I didn’t feel very attached to her though, neither to the other characters. I wasn’t devastated or even slightly sad that certain people died.
The book isn’t spectacular. There’s action but not too much, I think I kind of wanted more. Some things happen that are very anti-climactic and leave you feeling rather disappointed. The fantasy aspect of the book was worked out well but the romance could have been better.
The book also doesn’t end with a cliffhanger or even a slight hint that there might be more to come. There are two more books after this one but The Girl of Fire and Thorns ends like the story’s told, finished.