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Fire and Thorns (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 1) [Hardcover]

Rae Carson
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29 Sep 2011 Fire & Thorns Trilogy 1

Princess Elisa is a disappointment to her people. Although she bears the Godstone in her navel, a sign that she has been chosen for an act of heroism, they see her as lazy and useless and fat.

On her sixteenth birthday, she is bartered off in royal marriage and shipped away to a kingdom in turmoil, where her much-older-and extremely beautiful-husband refuses to acknowledge her as his wife. Devastated, Elisa decides to take charge of her fate and learn what it means to bear the Godstone. As an invading army threatens to destroy her new home, and everyone at court maneuvers to take advantage of the young princess, Elisa becomes convinced that, not only is her own life in danger, the whole world needs saving. But how can a young girl who has never ridden horseback, never played the game of politics, and never attained the love of a man save the world? Elisa can't be sure, but she must try to uncover the Godstone's secret history before the enemy steals the destiny nestled in her core.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575099135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575099135
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,655,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pure entertainment from cover to cover (SFX Sandy Auden)

It's the pampered princess who gives this story its sheer sense of life and vivacity . . . ample humour and heart-warming emotions (SFX)

There is a lot more of Elisa's story to be told. I can't wait! (Dear Author) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fat princess, a country at war, and a mission from God...

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This fantastic debut has it all. 25 Nov 2011
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This gorgeous coming of age tale transports you completely to a world of sumptuous palaces, humid jungles, lush oases and stunning, yet unforgiving, deserts. A land of beauty and of danger, this superb world building is not at the expense of the story's pacing. There is never a dull moment and like our protagonist Elisa; we are thrown from one experience to another. However the action never feels forced or gratuitous as each experience moves the story forward and informs Elisa's character development. The main problem you have as a reader is deciding where to leave your book mark as you reluctantly turn in for the night!

Although this is an action filled fantasy adventure with a few crush worth males thrown in for good measure, this is very much a character driven story and it is the character arc which I LOVE most about this book. We watch a girl with cripplingly low self esteem blossom in to a determined, capable and confident young woman.

Elisa's voice is intelligent and brutally honest, to the point of causing the reader discomfort. When we first meet her Elisa is, in her own opinion, a lazy underachiever who is so fat that she is unable to walk for more than a few minutes before tiring and becoming physically uncomfortable.
Taking the childhood teasing of her glamorous, capable older sister to heart Elisa has spent years believing that the disappointment of her birth caused her mother's death. These feeling of worthlessness have prevailed despite the honour of being the bearer of the Godstone and destined to do great things in the service of her god.

Filled with conflicting emotions and confusing self beliefs, on the one hand Elisa feels suffocated by the expectation of predetermined greatness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Thorns 7 Nov 2012
One person every century is chosen by God to do a great task and this person is Princess Elisa. On her 16th birthday she is married to a neighbour King but he is not the only one who seeks her. Some wants to kill her and some who thinks she is their saviour. Elisa is a marvellous character who changes and grows so much in this book. The story is full of so many twists and turns and a brilliantly written fantasy for very one no matter what age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream, curious, average. 21 Sep 2013
The Girl of Fire and Thorns surely hits all the marks on the checklist of "YA high fantasy novels"; however, something about it just lacked that spark that would make this a truly memorable novel that has me coming back for more. It never really wow-ed me, which, I guess, I really expected to happen. (Maybe it is once again due to the many people who swore I'd absolutely love this novel.) So my opinion is overall rather mixed.

The plot of the novel is the gem that gets a bit overshadowed by the smaller, more annoying bits. But we'll get to that. So Elisa is first forced into a marriage with King Alejandro and experiences court life, trying to figure out which role she is best suited to play. Then, she is kidnapped as one of many parties decides they need to use her, being God's chosen, to save their people. There is a great deal of mystery concerning what her task is, as God's chosen, and she has a fair bit of struggle with that. The pacing is perfect, and at no point does the novel become boring. There is no info-dumping and no long descriptive passages of traveling as one might expect of a high fantasy. Perhaps the best part of Rae Carson's storytelling ability is her decision to take risks. Characters die in this book. Characters you grow close to. That really keeps you on your toes and makes the story much more exciting.

The characterizations left me wishing for more. Though Elisa was an intriguing main character - a somewhat spoiled princess harshly confronted with reality - I found it difficult to sympathize with her for some reason (maybe because she was too quick to go back to some of her princess-y ways after escaping the desert, and I hoped she'd be more strong and independent based on her experiences).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fat princess to freedom fighter 26 May 2014
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I enjoyed this. A coming of age tale of an unhappy, overweight princess with an unknown destiny who encounters many setbacks but rises to the challenge in the end. Well-plotted, interesting characters, a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With fire in her heart 23 Feb 2014
Imagine if you were the Chosen One... but had no idea what you were destined to do, and had no discernible skills.

Such a girl is at the heart of "Fire and Thorns," a richly textured fantasy about a seemingly ordinary princess who is destined to be involved in much, much more. Rae Carson obviously put a lot of love into her fantasy world, as well as a heroine who defies most of the "princess" tropes.

Once every century, a child is marked with the divine Godstone, showing that they are destined to serve God somehow. Princess Elisa is its newest bearer.

And because of a treaty, she is reluctantly married to beautiful, kind King Alejandro of Joya d'Arena. But her new homeland is a strange, not-very-welcoming place, especially since the marriage is being kept secret for mysterious reasons. There are plenty of backstabbers, rivals and even a brewing war with Invierne.

And in Joya d'Arena, Elisa soon discovers religious truths about the Godstone that nobody in her country would tell her. But when a band of revolutionaries kidnaps her, she finds herself fighting Invierne's animagi -- and a terrible magic that uses Godstones and blood. Now Elisa must not only save herself, but her new country as well.

Sorcery, religion, politics, ancient texts and a legendary jewel that channels God's will -- nobody can accuse Rae Carson of writing a book without plot. In fact, "Fire and Thorns" is dense with brewing events that eventually explode into battle, with colorful, richly descriptive prose ("robes as white as quartz").

Carson also came up with a thoroughly likeable, unstereotypical princess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire & Thorns
Loved the book, after the initial push to get into the scenarios and characters. Immediately ordered the next so wouldn't have to wait long to find out what happens next
Published 7 months ago by maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Thorns (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 1)
Another good book that my granddaughter loved reading, kept her quite for ages. still uses her tablet, but it's nice to see her with a book in her hand.
Published 7 months ago by Raysor
4.0 out of 5 stars E-book
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read and i am keen to read more by this author.
Published 10 months ago by naomi irving
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I really liked this book, and I want to read the rest of the series so badly.... I think that most people would really enjoy this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by tis me
4.0 out of 5 stars A new and strong heroine
Elisa has a brutal struggle to get through it all, with a prophecy around her, and her feelings between her husband of an arranged marriage and her kidnapper, Humberto, are split. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars Elisa
I thoroughly enjoyed Fire & Thorns, and could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading the rest of Elisa's story.
Published 14 months ago by Linda Dawn Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!
`The Girl of Fire and Thorns' is an example of a book I felt was written really well, so much so that even though I didn't particularly enjoy the central premise of the novel, I... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Macey89
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore!
The narrative of this story is wonderfully descriptive, and Rae Carson's smooth writing style brings to life both the world in which Elisa lives, and all the characters that... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Solidly enjoyable, but somewhat lightweight.
The enigmatic nation of Invierne is menacing the borders of both its neighbours, vast Joya d'Arena and its former vassal state of Orovalle. Read more
Published 22 months ago by A. Whitehead
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