Fire and Thorns (Fire & Thorns Trilogy 1) Paperback – 29 Sep 2011
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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)
A fat princess, a country at war, and a mission from God...See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was a well developed story about someone not sure of their place in the world into a person of confidence and drive.Published 2 months ago by tess
I absolutely adored this book! I’m a huge fan of fantasy and this story had the perfect balance of magic, romance and epic drama. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sarah (whispering words)
An amazing book series really enjoyed the tales of Princess Elisa and her godstone. A book somewhat different to the usual genres I read but highly recommended a lovely story about... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was ok, pretty cliche and a little dull, but there were some novel ideas in there I liked, and it was nice to see a woman in at the forefront for a change. :)Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished on 26 May 2014 by Buglebead
Imagine if you were the Chosen One... but had no idea what you were destined to do, and had no discernible skills. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by E. A Solinas
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 nextPublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by maggie
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 on 20 Jan. 2014 by Raysor
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read and i am keen to read more by this author.Published on 26 Oct. 2013 by naomi irving