Monday, February 27, 2012

Intriguing New Fantasy


I just finished The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson, which is on the new book shelves at the Central Library. I liked it so much, I told Anarda she should order a copy for Buena Vista too! What I liked...

First of all, the heroine is a BIG GIRL. The opening scene is of Elisa being fitted for her wedding dress, but she barely fits into it--let's just say muffin top everywhere, and let it go at that. She's also a princess, but she's the younger, less confident sister of her father's poised and perfect darling, and she's being bargained away at age 16 to a neighboring kingdom in a complicated deal for troops in a war against a common enemy. She gets married to the gorgeous King Alexander, but he's passive and indecisive, and once she gets to his kingdom, he asks her to keep the marriage secret, so there she is--alone except for her one lady in waiting, uncomfortable and out of place, and she sublimates her feelings with food. Oh, the one thing I've forgottent to mention about her that makes her important/special is, she is the bearer of the Godstone (a faceted jewel that appeared in her navel at her christening). This is apparently a big deal (there's only one bearer per generation), and she has some kind of destiny in which she is supposed to perform a service, but she doesn't know what it is or when it will be required of her, and no one will tell her anything. Then, rebels who are interested in her because of the Godstone KIDNAP HER and everything changes...

There are parts of the book that really needed further explanation, but while I was reading it, I didn't even notice them, because I was so caught up in the story. The writing is great, and the evolution of Elisa's character is so well done that I was sad for the book to end. What a great fantasy read! Check it out...

Here is the author's website, if you want to know more:

http://www.raecarson.com/

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