Preview: The Girl of Fire and Thorns

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Paperback, 421 pages

Elisa’s not your typical “chosen one.” She’s not like Katniss or Tris, and she hasn’t grown up in an environment that has fostered a fit and battle ready individual. She just happens to bear the Godstone, a gem in her belly button (I know it sounds funny, but go with it) that only appears once every hundred years. Because of this, she has a destiny, though she doesn’t know what it is, or whether or not she’ll die before she completes it as so many other bearers have. Better to tell you about this series than me is the author, so check out what she has to say below.

One of the comments I saw before I read the book was that it was a little religion heavy. Normally, this would turn me off, but I trust my reading friends, and most of them ranked this read highly. So I put off my reservations and gave it a shot.

One of the most interesting pieces of this novel (besides the action element, which I always enjoy) is the commentary on religion and holy texts. An important distinction between the views of the Godstone in the kingdom from which Elisa comes and the kingdom she marries into is the translation of one word. The difference between “could” and “might,” and how that translation completely changed how the people of Elisa’s kingdom treated her when she was given the Godstone.

It seems to me to be a fantasy novel that tackles the idea of religious fanaticism. It’s dangers, the consequences, and the benefits of seeing more than one side of things. I felt like this was well done. I didn’t feel like, as I have in some texts, that it was heavy handed at all, and I’m interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
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