The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson was one of the most praised YA fantasy novels released last year. The sequel--The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns)--is due out in a few months and in anticipation the ebook edition has been dropped in price temporarily to $2.99. I bought this one for full price myself a few months ago although I haven't read it yet--when I know a sequel is coming soon, I tend to wait and read the first one as close to the release of the second release as I can. Advance praise for the second book is strong, too.
Anyway, many people whose opinion I value enjoyed, even loved, this book so I thought I would share since so many readers here enjoy fantasy of this nature since it definitely builds upon themes similar to fairy tales and folklore. When more than one reviewer compares Carson to Megan Whalen Turner, I'm forking over a little money to try a book.
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, and 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 her to be 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’ssavior, 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.