Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and cant see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly kinga king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And hes not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his peoples savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesnt die young.
Most of the chosen do.
About the Author
Rae Carson's books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. She is the author of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling Girl of Fire and Thorns series: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, and The Bitter Kingdom. She especially loves to write about questions she doesn't know the answers to. Rae Carson is originally from California but now lives in Ohio with her husband and two teenaged stepsons.
“With The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Carson joins the ranks of writers like Kristin Cashore, Megan Whalen Turner, and Tamora Pierce as one of YA’s best writers of high fantasy.”
“Intoxicating . . . Readers will find themselves immersed in this world and believing it.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Elisa is a wonderful, believable hero, the kind that every reader can imagine as herself. I charged through the book in two days, savoring Elisa’s realness and her unique, wonderful world! Engrossing.”
-Tamora Pierce, author of New York Times bestseller Bloodhound
“I stayed up until 2AM reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended.”
-Veronica Roth, author of the best-selling Divergent
“I LOVED this book! It’s a transformation story that both teens and adults can believe in. Rae Carson has delivered a unique magical system and built a world with strong series potential.”
-Cinda Williams Chima, author of best-selling The Exiled Queen
“Rae Carson’s heroine is a perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I loved her.”
-Megan Whalen Turner, author of the Newbery Honor Book, THE THIEF
“Set in intrigue-filled courts, battlefields, and windswept deserts, this riveting fantasy tests its heroine’s limits as she struggles to fulfill a destiny wrapped in an ancient mystery. A breathtaking adventure in a fascinating, richly-drawn world.”
-Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood
“A delicious debut.”
-Paolo Bacigalupi, Printz Award-winning author of Ship Breaker
“Distinctive for its luminous prose, its hint of romance, and Elisa, a strong, smart heroine that readers will truly fall in love with.”
-Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief