The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062026484
Branch Call Number: YF CARSO-R
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 22 cm


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Twists and turns. Characters that are super developed. Palace intrigue. Secrets!

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Feb 22, 2019

Awesome story - hard to put down. No graphic love scenes, just one kiss, so appropriate for tweens.

I enjoyed this book. It is very unique and unlike any other book I have read. It had a sort of "girl power" theme going on and I loved it.

Oct 31, 2018

This was a fantastic start to the series! I found it very unique for 3 main reasons. One, it had a religious main character and religious themes that were not offensive and weren't the main plot. Two, it was a great fantasy book and the magical elements were subtle and believable. Three, it was not Euro centric and was set in a Spanish influenced location. I also really enjoyed the personal growth of the main character. The series only gets better from here!

Jun 16, 2018

I loved this series and would highly recommend it. I read through all three books in a week!

MelifluousView Sep 08, 2017

I loved watching Elisa journey from a sad, pampered girl to a woman growing into her own skin. I enjoyed the world that Carson built as both familiar, but so different at the same time. I put the 2nd book on hold before I even finished the first.

Jun 03, 2017

I had heard some good things about this book and wanted to read it as newer books in the series are out. It was okay. The heroine turns out to be a 16 year old who carries a godstone that she know nothing about, gets married off to a neighboring King, gets kidnapped and spends months away learning about herself and her meaning as a "bearer". A lot happens but it is hard to relate to the Princess because there is very little back story about the land, the people or the society. It becomes a coming of age novel in a tired trope. I'm not sure I will read the other in the series as I have lots of other hopefully, better books to read.

Apr 05, 2017

I enjoyed the story quiet a bit, the stone in the navel thing is kinda weird but once u get passed that its good.

DBRL_KrisA Mar 18, 2017

In general, a pretty good first book for a fantasy trilogy. I enjoyed the latin feel - including the use of Spanish (or at least a Spanish-influenced language). I also enjoyed the fact that Elisa starts off as this typical chubby, ineffectual princess and gradually becomes a strong, assertive leader. There was a strong religious element to the story, as well; again, it really worked well by creating a sort of Spanish Catholic feel (if that makes sense).
The idea of Elisa being chosen by God, and marked as His with a Godstone jewel, was interesting. But having that jewel sticking out of her navel was just weird. And late in the book there's a really strange scene with the Godstone that just makes the story lose a lot of credibility. A truly strange moment.
I'm interested to see where the story goes, so I'll probably come back to this series when I have the chance. Not a must-read situation, but a good enough tale that I'm ready to give it some more attention.

Jan 30, 2017

I had just finished a book by Gy Gavriel Kay that was an outstanding historically based fantasy and though this book was not quite as well realized it was still a great read.

Jan 29, 2017

Good plot, excellent character development, lots of action, well-paced. Looking forward to the rest of this series and am glad I didn't discover this author until now as I will not have to wait a year for each instalment!

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