Week 1 of my book challenge #jennsbookishchallenge continues with the theme “Traditions” and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson @raecarson. This is one of my favorite YA fantasies of all time. It’s hard to like Elisa in the first book, but as the story progresses, her character grows and you can’t help but root for her. I like that her development is a process. Elisa doesn’t start off as a strong fighter. She’s smart, bookish and has a hard time socializing and the fact that she’s chosen for service makes it difficult for her to fill her role as a princess. Another reason I enjoy this series so much is the world building–from the dessert and jungle setting to the Spanish/Catholic inspired details, it’s really well done. Elisa is a princess who is set to marry on her 16th birthday King Alejandro who reigns in the neighboring country. Elisa was also chosen for service–a distinction made at birth when a child is born with a Godstone in their navel. After the marriage ceremony, Elisa and the king return to his kingdom, but she is kidnapped along the way by a rebellion group. They escape with Elisa, but on their journey, Elisa discovers their plans and her role in it. There’s also a dark power that begins to hunt Elisa for her Godstone.
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