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 needs 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.
This book was in a word, “Unique.” I still have no clue where the story takes place (which I assure you is because of my own ignorance) but it’s definitely somewhere we don’t see in modern YA. I loved the main character, Elisa, and her transformation over the course of the book. In fact, I thought Elisa’s progression from ugly, patronized, largely ignored daughter…to a beautiful, confident, sometimes brutal queen is the greatest part of the story. For writers, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is the best example I’ve seen of how to do character growth right. Carson’s description throughout the story is a work of art in itself, and as far as the story goes, well, let’s just say I’d be first in line to buy the sequel.