Review | The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)Title: The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 20, 2011

“Honor from death,” I snap, “is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”


This was not good and I did not enjoy my reading experience. Heavy religion-based fantasy stories are never my favorite, so I was perhaps not as forgiving of small things as I might have been otherwise. I thought the world building was lacking – particularly related to the different groups of people. While the mythology of the Godstones were a bit more expansive, they still are largely question marks to both Elisa and us, the readers. I also thought all the characters were rather weak – no one stood out to me as someone I could latch on to. I know Elisa was supposed to be that point, but I didn’t like her and was often frustrated by her. 80% of her personality was reciting quotes from a The Art of War knock off and I just didn’t care.

I could honestly probably keep complaining about minor things for 3 more paragraphs, but I just want to more and from this books and pick up something I’ll hopefully like. While this wasn’t for me, I’m glad so many others have enjoyed it, but I think it goes without saying that I will not be continuing with this series.

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