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 needs 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 strikes as an unusual character from the start. She takes comfort in food and she’s a far cry from the beautiful heroines we’re so accustomed to reading. Took me a bit to warm up to her but she’s a likeable character though naturally concerned with the way people view her, being a princess and all. Early on we meet Alejandro and Hector with the latter being the more interesting of the two. I mean, between a distant husband and a encouraging guard, which would you rather spend time with?
Evenly paced, I followed along as Carson built the world for the reader until Elisa gets whisked away. Pointedly described as a strategist because of her upbringing, our heroine uses her mind well and I enjoyed following her along as she unraveled her plan to help out in the coming war. I have to admit, one problem that I had with this book was that I hated or didn’t care for most of the characters. Can’t pinpoint a reason why but it was rather irritating at times.
We meet another character that brought some life back during the middle of the book but otherwise most of the action is slow in brewing. The writing is great and Elisa grows in character to a strong, young woman with self-confidence. I can’t wait to see how she deals with new challenges in the second book of the trilogy THE CROWN OF EMBERS.
Rae Carson also has several novellas related to the Fire and Thorns books but one short story that caught my attention while browsing her website is a totally different story called DANGEROUS VOICES. She’s offering it for free to everyone and I for one am definitely going to check it out, it sounds great.