The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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The first book of the New York Times best-selling trilogy, which Divergent author Veronica Roth called, "Intense, unique... Definitely recommended."
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'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.
 

About Rae Carson

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Rae Carson is the author of the award-winning The Girl of Fire and Thorns and its sequel The Crown of Embers. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by Greenwillow Books. 433 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adventure drags our heroine all over the map of fantasyland while giving her the opportunity to use her smarts.

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Publishers Weekly

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Carson debuts with a smart, complex fantasy with stellar characters, first in a planned trilogy. Even though she bears the mysterious and rare Godstone, 16-year-old Princess Elisa has been a disappoin

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Examiner

Rae Carson has written a fantastical tale about the girl down the street, the girl next door, the girl inside each and every feminine reader.

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SF Site

Rae Carson dabbled in many things, from teaching to corporate sales to customer service to architecture, before becoming a full-time writer.

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that The Girl of Fire and Thorns, the first of a planned trilogy, features a plus-size princess, Elisa, who was chosen by God (in a fictional religion) for a special unknown task.

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns

All Things Urban Fantasy

With so many characters, there was never a lack of excitement, and the new relationships Celaena formed were a pleasure to watch, even if I missed her interactions with Dorian and Chaol.

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At her naming ceremony, Princess Elisa is given the blessing that only one person in a hundred years receives: a Godstone in her navel declaring her as God's chosen to perform an unknown task.

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The Young Folks

What makes Elisa special is that she possesses a Godstone.

Oct 30 2011 | Read Full Review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns

A Patchwork of Books

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WAPL Teens

Elisa also discovers it's not just her marriage to Alejandro being kept a secret from the people of Joya - so is the fact that she bears the Godstone.

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Book People's Teen Review

The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a book about Elisa, a princess who bears the Godstone, marking her as God’s chosen.

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