The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #1)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #1)

by Rae Carson


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The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #1) by Rae Carson

The first book in the acclaimed and award-winning New York Times bestselling trilogy. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a remarkable novel full of adventure, sorcery, heartbreak, and power.

"I stayed up until two a.m. reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended."—Veronica Roth, author of the best-selling Divergent series

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. 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.

"A page-turner with broad appeal."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062026507
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 62,080
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rae Carson is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

What People are Saying About This

Paolo Bacigalupi

“A delicious debut.”

Sarah Prineas

“Distinctive for its luminous prose, its hint of romance, and Elisa, a strong, smart heroine that readers will truly fall in love with.”

Veronica Roth

“I stayed up until 2AM reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended.”

Cinda Williams Chima

“I LOVED this book! It’s a transformation story that both teens and adults can believe in. Rae Carson has delivered a unique magical system and built a world with strong series potential.”

Megan Whalen Turner

“Rae Carson’s heroine is a perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I loved her.”

Leah Cypess

“Set in intrigue-filled courts, battlefields, and windswept deserts, this riveting fantasy tests its heroine’s limits as she struggles to fulfill a destiny wrapped in an ancient mystery. A breathtaking adventure in a fascinating, richly-drawn world.”

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 348 reviews.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and entertaining. Very good book. finished it very quickly
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a unique book of secrets, courage, and betrayals. Elisa is a sixteen year old girl who needs to embrace her destiny if she wishes to help the people around her and even more survive. On her sixteenth birthday Princess Elisa is set to be married to the gorgeous King Alejandro. What she doesn't know is that it is for her own safety as well as an aid to Alejandro's kingdom. See, Elisa is the "chosen one". She bears the Godstone, and only one is chosen every century. She doesn't know love or strength yet, but she must rise above herself in order to protect those close to her and reach her destiny. I have to admit, unfortunately, I could not get into this one. At first, I honestly was going to stop and add it to the list of "could not finish", but for some reason I kept reading. And, I'm actually glad I did. From part 2 on... the story did pick up for me. Elisa learns who she needs to be and you can see her mature throughout the story. Also from part 2 on, I started to enjoyed the characters we met much more. And I honestly felt extremely bad for Elisa towards the end... it seemed that every time she was ready to love, it was ripped away from her. Just because I could not get into it, doesn't mean anything though. I am just one opinion in hundreds maybe thousands! There are still good things I saw about the book. I saw a main character grow into herself. I saw a strong girl deal with love and loss. The book is also extremely unique and writing is very well done. I am only one person expressing my opinion, so if you are interested in the book, pick it up and try it out for yourself! Unfortunately, it was just not for me. =/
purdypiedad More than 1 year ago
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is an outstanding debut novel from Rae Carson. It combines every element that makes a fantasy novel fun to read (humor, page-turning adventure, magic, romance, an epic journey, and tons of suspense) with completely original elements that make the reader fall in love with both the novel and its protagonist, Elisa. Elisa is a very unlikely hero who has been chosen for greatness. The character development is outstanding as Elisa learns to embrace who she is while conquering her personal struggles in order to save a country that isn't even her own. The book is full of unexpected plot twists, political intrigue, religious exploration and critique, fabulous world building, and themes pertinent to every young woman today. This is one of the best written novels I have ever read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Ridley More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of teen fantasy but I have NEVER read something where the main character is overweight or unattractive. I thought this was a really new and interesting twist that first drew me to the book. Elisa is a really great main character and all her flaws and insecurities make her more realistic than most. The story was also fantastic and pulled me in, the only complaint I have is the ending. Without giving anything away, the ending seemed really rushed, like hundreds of pages go into building what should have been something much more epic or exciting. Elisa discovers she's on the verge of some great mystery and three pages later it's solved. Anticlimactic in my opinion, but still a great book and I definitely recommend reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Tamora Pierce's books, then I highly recommend The Girl of Fire and Thorns! Great story, great characters, and great writing.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this book. But let's start with the good: I really liked the main character, Elisa; she was someone almost every girl could relate to, and at the end, maybe even strive to be like. Also, I liked how she grew throughout the novel. There was a big difference between the Elisa in the beginning and the Elisa in the end. The author was very subtle about it. Elisa didn't all of the sudden just change, it took time. All the character's, except maybe Alejandro, had their own distinct personality. And the world the author creates is lush and vivid. There was a ton of action and adventure and a bit of romance. I wish I could leave the review at that and say I absolutely loved it but, alas, I cannot. So, the bad: to be honest, there was really only one HUGE thing that made this not a five star read for me. It was the ending. I'm a happy ending kind of girl, and although I know this book is a part of a series so this isn't how it really ends, I just couldn't believe the author ended this book like that! There were many reasons it wasn't exactly a happy ending but for me there was one big reason it wasn't and if you read the book you'll figure it out. As a reader, I wasn't satisfied; I'm actually a bit pissed off. Overall, I have to say that the book was pretty great. If I wasn't such a happy ending girl I probably would have rated it five stars. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book in the series but I do recommend this book to people, it was very engrossing.
JulieCookies More than 1 year ago
I think I give this book about a 3.5 rating. I liked it, but didn't love it. The best part about this book is that it is a story about a young girl who calls herself fat and useless at the beginning of the story, and during everything that happens to her she proves to herself her true worth. I enjoyed the different kingdoms and tribes of people described. I really liked some of the characters. What I didn't like is the romance parts of the book - they were just bland and lacking. I just didn't believe the feelings were there. Maybe that is because of the writing style that was more tell and not enough show. There was also too much description of the travel (basically: "we're walking, we're walking, we're still walking" - this is how I feel about a lot of fantasy novels lately though). The religious aspects of the book were creative but I think were too much at times. All in all I felt there could have been more feelings and more plot development but that this story is a good read and is an interesting fresh type of story I haven't read before. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit that this book was great. Worth your money. Has a good mixture of action, romance, tragedy, and personal growth. Recommend to young adults. But of course there's still room for improvement on the author's part. Yes it had brilliant words strung together and many morals inclined, but it lacked partial feeling when it came to Elisa's love toward everyone around her. Still, I am going to follow this author and her future novels to see what else she can bring to the table. Worth a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it would be an interesting read. In theory the story could have been good; however, the execution was not there. It was much too religious and bland. I struggled to finish. There was no expansion or growth of the main characters and they were quite boring. This book was definitely not worth my money and I do not plan on following this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Thundafive More than 1 year ago
It took an interesting premise, an overweight princess unsure of her own worth and why she might have been chosen gets thrust into an unfamiliar world and must learn to adapt.  She struggles, cries, and stress eats, I believed everything about her.  Then (spoilers) like every non-funny fat person you've ever read about she is forced into some kind of hard labor that makes her lose weight, and of course that's when she starts getting her life together, only then does she buckle down and start really living.  It's very clear she has a sound mind, even a talent for intrigue, but apparently you can't be the hero and a belly, so I really couldn't get over that giant glaring cliche. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the good storyline and always exciting magic..what I enjoyed the most was the theme...have faith in yourself. Others may doubt you and try to tear you down..but you only fail when you doubt yourself. It is a good message for all. Of course the adventure and romance was great too.
olympianartist More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I wasn't really excited when I got this book from the library, but but the end I was laughing, crying, and cheering for Elisa.  The thing that surprised me the most about this book was how religious it was. I don't know if that was what the author intended, but I thought it was really inspirational how Elisa looked to God to get her out of scrapes. But if that's not what you're into, don't let it stop you from getting this book.  Elisa is a very relatable main character, and it was cool to watch her journey. I didn't think this book was perfect (having a magical belly button?) but I really liked. Definitely one of the best books i've read in a while.
Danier Jones More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i couldn't stop reading. I highly recommend
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a truly fabulous coming-of-age story. Elisa is married off to a foreigner on her sixteenth birthday, whisked off to a new land, and then hidden away as a secret. She can't reveal her Godstone and she can't reveal her marriage. Not the best start to a whole new life! She feels even more alone and worthless than she did in her home. What she doesn't realize is why it is so important to hide...and what could happen when her secrets are uncovered. Elisa was such a dynamic character and I absolutely fell in love with her. At the beginning of the novel, we area introduced to a fifteen-almost-sixteen year old girl who is preparing for her out-of-the-blue wedding. She is clearly uncomfortable in her own skin. She's been chosen for some great act of Service, but she feels like it must have been a mistake. How can she ever be as successful as her beautiful older sister? How could anyone ever fall in love with an overweight, less-than-perfect naive Princess? Her lack of confidence is fed by the secretive nature of her marriage and the multitude of secrets that she is forced to keep when she arrives in her new husband's country. Elisa was such a fabulous character because you literally watch her grown up and come into her own. She is forced to embark on this harrowing journey and along the way she transforms into a strong young woman. She experiences the joy of first love and the pain of death that war brings. The world and cast of characters that Rae Carson has presented in this book left me longing for more. The world is phenomenally and intelligently crafted. Carson's descriptions of the landscape gave me a real sense of the world without becoming cumbersome. In addition, her characters were understated but well-developed. We learn about them through Elisa's eyes and in a very "show not tell" way, which I appreciated. When characters were successful, I cheered, and when bad things happened to good people, I got upset (VERY upset in some cases). My overall sense about this book is that it is the start to a fabulous trilogy that I cannot wait to devour. I must also applaud Carson for wrapping up this book without any major cliffhangers! The world and characters have a lot of room to grow and develop in future books, but I wasn't left beginning for a conclusion to a completely undeveloped (or suddenly new) plot line.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was captivating and satisfying. Like its heroine it stumbles sometimes, but perseveres and succeeds in the end.
LovelessDegrees More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! It was so refreshing to have such a believable and relatable heroine who is not the typical “beautiful and skinny” stereotype, but still have admirable traits such as intelligence and bravery. Elisa’s transformation throughout the book was done so well and Rae’s writing is so gorgeous! I read this for VCFA, but I wish I had read it two years ago when it was first recommended to me. This book surprised me in so many ways and had me laughing, crying, and all feeling all the emotions. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed every moment of it. I’m so excited for the next two books in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, took this book and the second on a two week vacation thinking I would read one each week.... finished both in the first week and regretted leaving the third book behind. My 13 year old daughter read this book and the second in a week as well and wanted to visit a library to check out the third book because she couldn't wait to read the final chapter of Elisa's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, well thought out plot. Could have been executed better. Author could have spent more time on carracter development. Still an enjoyable read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not always a fan of the religious tone of books, but it was well written and good story you could put it aside to appreciate the book. If you like the religious tone to books, you may love this book.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
The style of writing used to tell this spiritual and physical journey is truly gorgeous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series and writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and enjoyable