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Fire and Thorns – The Basics
Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson is a three-book YA fantasy series! The books are written in the POV of Elisa. In book three, the POV alternates between Elisa and Hector.
Fire and Thorns – The Summary
It follows the story of the 16-year-old Princess Elisa. Elisa is the bearer of a Godstone, which makes her destined to fulfill the prophecy!
But Elisa has been kept in her the dark what it means to be the bearer of a Godstone, and the brutal fate of the previous holders.
Now she finds herself thrown into a world of dark magic, revolution, and conspiracy! And she has to choose, does she wants to be a pawn in the political endgame of kings or the people savor!
Fire and Thorns – The Review
It is a fast-paced story; Elisa does not have much breathing room as she gets thrown into one conflict after the other. The pace is what I enjoyed the most about the books.
Elisa is not your run of the mill princess. The fact that she is struggling with her weight and has a weakness for all things sweet showcases this perfectly.
When I read other people reviews, it seemed quite a few are ticked off by her character transformation after she lost weight. I did not see it that way. I thought her change in attitude came from her being surrounded by people who told her straight up as it is, and she had to start dealing with reality.
Having said all that, personally I would have liked for her to stay overweight! Because that made her so unique to me! Her weight and her wit are what made me fall in love with her from page one.
The story does have its flaws, but it is also so charming that they are easily overlooked.
The one that stands out to me is that Rae Carlson gets a little aggressive with making sure that we understand what she is trying to tell us. Certain things get repeated quite often, which in turn is a bit annoying because you start thinking: “Hey, give me a bit Credit here, I am not entirely brain-dead.”
Book two – The Crown of Embers – is not as intense as the others. It concentrates on the character development. Even so I was put off at first by this; it made me fall even more in love with the characters. And at the end I was hoping that book three will deliver an all-around happy ending for everyone!
I have read lots of YA fantasy, but this one I think is unique! Throughout the three books, she has to make some tough calls. And she does it with always having the greater good in mind, and not her personal feelings or relationships.
The Fire and Thorns novels are the debuts of Rae Carlson! And for that I can only commend her. It was fantastically done for a first book. If you want to find out more about the author, make sure to visit her website!
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Book 1: Girl of Fire and Thorns
Book 2: Crown of Embers
Book 3 Bitter Kingdom
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