The Girl of Fire and Thorns / Fire and Thorns
- Rae Carson
Publisher: UK - Gollancz & UK - HarperTeen
E-Arc with thanks to netgalley and Harper Teen
Elise has such a personal journey of growth throughout – she ends in a very different place from where she began and I loved her character development. She learns more about her situation and how to be a leader. Helped by a wide selection of supporting characters – from her distant husband, to her highly religious but devoted lady maid, her borrowed maid turned freedom fighter and a variety of guerrilla child-soldiers; she manages to achieve some extra-ordinary things. I loved the chocolate box selection of characters – some you will love, some you hate, some you think you will grow to like, but don’t and others surprise you by being nicer than you first thought! J
One element I loved was the variety of environments Elise travels through, from jungle travel to sand dunes – the scenery comes alive and I really enjoyed the pictures placed in mind of the various places. (By the way – I love the Fire and Thorns covers rather the generic cover of The Girl of Fire and Thorns!). The story and writing was so familiar from the books I read as a teen and I loved revisiting that time – Elise grows so much in the story I was willing her along every step.
Fun, exciting and emotional – the story was so engrossing and layered that I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter – how long do I have to wait for the next book? J
Recommended for fans of Tamora Pierce and Maria V Snyder. 9 out of 10.