Hardcover: 423 Pages
Published: September 20, 2011
Series: Fire and Thorns
1. The Girl of Fire and Thorns
2. The Crown of Embers
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 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.
Elisa, a princess of the country of Oravalle is the bearer of the Godstone, a jewel implanted in her navel which signifies that she is marked by the god as one who will do a service. She has no idea what her service will be or how useful she can be to her country. She is a shy, overweight, younger daughter of the King, overshadowed by her charmingly stunning older sister.
Elisa's day consisted of reading and eating...
I. KID. YOU. NOT. This chick ate so much food that while I was reading this book I was constantly hungry. I mean everything this girl did revolved around food. Her thoughts were about eating food, looking at food, day dreaming about food, craving food, thinking about her next meal, and she ate so many scones! She would hide them in her pocket and eat them when she got hungry which seemed like it was ALL THE DAMN TIME! This part of the book definitely turned me off. Half the book was about food. This book should be in the Cooking section rather than the Young Adult section. And this was my main reason why I didn't like reading this book as much as I was looking forward to it.
The plot and characters were interesting, but all this talk about food just made me hungry. I literally ate so much while reading this book that I was stuffed.
But one thing I did like about Elisa was her transformation from a shy, dispassionate, useless girl to a hero who loved who she was. I liked her determination to keep moving forward and not give up on what she has set her mind to.