Author: Rae Carson.
Published: September 20th 2011.
Sort: Part one ‘Fire and thorns.’
Source: This book was sent by the publisher for an honest review.
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.
This story starts on Lucero-Elisa’s (also known as Elisa) wedding. It’s clear that this isn’t based on love. She will marry King Alejandro de Vega, because she isn’t just a princess. She is the bearer from the Godstone. This is a stone placed by God into the navel of the Chosen One. This person is destined for greatness, but most of them die before they can complete their Service. She will be much safer in Alejandro’s county and her father, King from Orovalle, promised an army against Invierne. There has been a war before and there will be a new war soon. When she is kidnapped and dragged into the desert, it’s clear that something is going on. Invierne is strong, because they have animagus; people with magic – and she is the only one who can battle against it with her own magic.
This book is a roller coaster when it comes to your emotions! Rae doesn’t spare her main character. Be prepared, that’s all I have to say. There were some parts of this story.. If you have read this book, I think you all know what I’m talking about.
You are plunged into the story of Elisa, a girl with a low self-esteem because of her appearance. She loves to eat and nobody can look beyond her ‘fat’ appearance. I liked her right away. She is so kind and intelligent! I recognized her shyness, but I loved her development in this story. She is very brave. There is also Humberto, this boy is great! He is caring, even when he is one of her captivators. He is doing it for a good cause and he treats her so sweet. I liked the way their feelings developed and I was rooting for them to be together. There are also other characters and they play important roles in this book. I love that the secondary characters were so well-written. You really get to know them.
This story is filled with action and world-building. Even when they are traveling for over a month in the desert, I was never bored by the story. There were enough details to understand how much Elisa suffered, but it was fast enough to keep the pace high. The plot was great. I liked how this story builds toward it and it definitely delivered. I was afraid that the religious aspect might bother me, but that wasn't the case at all!
I can’t wait to read the next book, because I’m hooked! If you like (high) fantasy, I recommend to read this book as soon as possible.