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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Fast-moving and exciting." --School Library Journal ( starred review) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by [Carson, Rae] Download. Available as an ebook and digital audiobook through the Ohio Digital Library: The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first novel in the . Ebook: ISBN Princess Elisa is a disappointment to her people. Although she bears the Godstone in her navel, a sign that she has been chosen.

Jim C. I enjoyed it enough that I ended up finishing the book before I reached Chicago on the flight home. It has engaging characters, plenty of action, interesting magic and worldbuilding, everything a good book needs. Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

Above all, though, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a novel about a girl that finds herself responding to the call of destiny. Also, notably, Elisa is an overweight heroine — which is almost unheard of in fantasy novels, especially those for Young Adults.

When we first meet her, struggling to fit into her wedding dress, she compares herself to a sausage and hopes against all hope that her unseen husband will be ugly, or old, or infirm in some way to protect herself from his inevitable disgust. Even though Elisa is a large girl, though, her weight does not simplify or caricaturize her.

We readers feel for Elisa when ladies and maids ridicule her, when a child calls her fat in front of the entire court, when she struggles to keep up with her captors lest she die in the desert, with the disgust that people show when they learn that it is Elisa — soft, overweight Elisa — that is meant to be their hero. Needless to say, I loved every second of her story, as she grows into the powerful Queen she has always had the potential to be.

I loved them in all of their imperfections and complexity.

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On that note, I should also say how much I appreciated the surprisingly brutal developments in terms of the plot. Carson subscribes to the George R.

Martin school of fantasy characters — meaning that there are many of them, and no one is safe. I love this kind of sadistic fatalism, especially in a YA novel — but be warned if you like a fantasy where the good guys always emerge victorious, saved at the last minute from harm or death. The Girl of Fire and Thorns may not be for you, if you are that reader.

My only reservation regarding The Girl of Fire and Thorns is with how closely the central theology to the world and novel — integral to the plot and to the shaping of Elisa as a character — sits to Judeo-Christianity.

Unlike Jacqueline Carey, for example, who takes familiar foundational religions and histories and crafts entirely new cultures and creation myths from that seed, The Girl of Fire and Thorn is less varied and more of a direct translation of biblical values and teachings. The fictional religion in the novel is monotheistic and follows very similar central tenets to Christianity — often passages that Elisa or others quote even bear very close resemblance to familiar biblical passages e.

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Questions of religion aside, overall, I loved this fantastic debut novel. The Girl of Fire and Thorns does, in fact, live up to its preceding hype. While this is the first book in a planned trilogy, it also can be read as a self contained book, and breaks in a sane place i. I cannot wait for the next book in this promising new trilogy. Additional Thoughts: On the covers, because this bears some mention and discussion: Elisa is not a thin girl.

In fact, she is quite overweight, describing herself as such throughout the book. Even when she involuntarily loses weight during her abduction and sojourn in the desert, Elisa is never ever portrayed as a dainty girl.

So this ARC cover:.

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The good news is, the publisher caught it and changed the cover to its current final state which features a face in the shimmering of a godstone , and the UK cover gets skin tone down perfectly. Have you noticed any of this in your reading? Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. I was actually just talking about slenderizing re: Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake. Here is the cover:.

This heroine is supposed to be plump. I agree that this can be a very fun aspect of some fantasy novels, if done well. Martin definitely does it well!

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But yes, the only way for me to tell of course is to read the book. Then again, given the misgivings I felt upon reading that issue, not sure I want to invest the time or not. Guess time will tell.

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How often do we hear about an overweight hero? Thea, Stacked had a fun blog post in about cover images that deliberately avoid showing overweight characters.


I feel like there are a few middle-grade examples, too…darn, Betsy Bird would have them at her fingertips. This sounds great, and it is going straight to the wish list! Great review. Regarding covers…well, this happens all the time with the romance genre….

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Anya Jan 21, I read the afterword about her losing weight during the desert journey as well since I was thinking these same sorts of things. I think the weight loss during the desert was necessary because she was very much close to starvation conditions if I remember correctly, eating stew in the evenings based on desert rat I think? I really hope you read the rest of the trilogy since I liked how things continued to develop with this issue.

It was my impression that Elisa gained back at least some of her weight when she gets back into her normal setting but retains her confidence, which I loved I read the series last year and there have been a lot of books in between, so I might be remembering incorrectly, but that is my general recollection. Hines Jan 21, Victoria Jan 21, I really appreciate your ability to say that you liked the book but struggled with this portrayal of a fat protagonist.

Anna N. Jan 21, I liked the book overall but also have serious problems with the weight loss issues. I even have an anthology specifically of fat protagonists and only half the stories managed to not be actively offensive.

Rachel Jan 22, I loved this book and I felt like the rest of the trilogy lives up to the first one. Laura Resnick Jan 22, Nice woman. Hines Jan 22, Laura Resnick Jan 24, Lindsay Jan 26, I read the book and enjoyed it, but I had the same issues when it came to how weight loss was handled in the book.

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You wind up with all kinds of extra skin in flaps and pouches in a lot of places that do not go away, stretch marks become even more pronounced as grooves, and any muscle you may be gaining from the work is being used up the same way the rest of you is — being eaten by your starving body.

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