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.
What does it really mean to be the chosen one?
Elisa has never considered herself as someone powerful or influential. Being the younger princess, she buries herself in books and avoids doing pretty much anything else. When she realizes people are after her because she may have something that they want, she does what she can and hope that things will turn out to be okay. Is she really the chosen one that everyone claims her to be?
I like the transformation that Elisa goes through in the book. While it may seem that luck is almost always on her side, I don’t think she can change the way how others see her if she hasn’t been making every ounce of her effort to ensure that she can help and save as many lives as she possibly can. It’s interesting to see what Elisa is willing to do to foster friendship and I feel really touched by how much she cares for the wellness of those who live in the kingdom that she now resides.
The prophecy seems strange and as the puzzle pieces fall in place to reveal what’s probably at stake, I find myself sympathizing Eliza – the situation looks so bleak that I question if there might ever be a possibility that Eliza could stay sane after all the harsh circumstances that she has to endure.
Mysterious, well-paced and unnervingly exciting, The Girl of Fire and Thorns tells a story of trials, hardships and unlikely triumphs. Now that I’ve finished reading book one, I can’t wait to pick up Crown of Embers. I wonder what Eliza could be up against in book two.