The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #1)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #1)

by Rae Carson

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Overview

“Rae Carson has proved she’s a master and has shaken up the YA genre.”—USAToday.com

The first book in Rae Carson’s award-winning and New York Times–bestselling trilogy! The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a sweeping journey full of adventure, sorcery, heartbreak, and power. Fans of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones and Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse will devour this fantasy series.

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one. But she has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Fierce enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. 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 doesn't die young. Most of the chosen do.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten Pick

Andre Norton Award Finalist

A Texas Tayshas Selection

Ohioana Book Award YA winner

Don’t miss Empire of Dreams, Rae Carson’s action-packed return to the world of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, coming in 2020!

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062093325
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/20/2011
Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 12,541
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rae Carson is the author of two bestselling and award-winning trilogies. Her debut, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, was named a William C. Morris Award finalist and an Andre Norton Award finalist. Walk on Earth a Stranger was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award and won the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband. www.raecarson.com

What People are Saying About This

Paolo Bacigalupi

“A delicious debut.”

Sarah Prineas

“Distinctive for its luminous prose, its hint of romance, and Elisa, a strong, smart heroine that readers will truly fall in love with.”

Veronica Roth

“I stayed up until 2AM reading this last night. Intense, unique. . . . Definitely recommended.”

Cinda Williams Chima

“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.”

Megan Whalen Turner

“Rae Carson’s heroine is a perfect blend of the ordinary and the extraordinary. I loved her.”

Leah Cypess

“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.”

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 393 reviews.
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and entertaining. Very good book. finished it very quickly
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a unique book of secrets, courage, and betrayals. Elisa is a sixteen year old girl who needs to embrace her destiny if she wishes to help the people around her and even more survive. On her sixteenth birthday Princess Elisa is set to be married to the gorgeous King Alejandro. What she doesn't know is that it is for her own safety as well as an aid to Alejandro's kingdom. See, Elisa is the "chosen one". She bears the Godstone, and only one is chosen every century. She doesn't know love or strength yet, but she must rise above herself in order to protect those close to her and reach her destiny. I have to admit, unfortunately, I could not get into this one. At first, I honestly was going to stop and add it to the list of "could not finish", but for some reason I kept reading. And, I'm actually glad I did. From part 2 on... the story did pick up for me. Elisa learns who she needs to be and you can see her mature throughout the story. Also from part 2 on, I started to enjoyed the characters we met much more. And I honestly felt extremely bad for Elisa towards the end... it seemed that every time she was ready to love, it was ripped away from her. Just because I could not get into it, doesn't mean anything though. I am just one opinion in hundreds maybe thousands! There are still good things I saw about the book. I saw a main character grow into herself. I saw a strong girl deal with love and loss. The book is also extremely unique and writing is very well done. I am only one person expressing my opinion, so if you are interested in the book, pick it up and try it out for yourself! Unfortunately, it was just not for me. =/
purdypiedad More than 1 year ago
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS is an outstanding debut novel from Rae Carson. It combines every element that makes a fantasy novel fun to read (humor, page-turning adventure, magic, romance, an epic journey, and tons of suspense) with completely original elements that make the reader fall in love with both the novel and its protagonist, Elisa. Elisa is a very unlikely hero who has been chosen for greatness. The character development is outstanding as Elisa learns to embrace who she is while conquering her personal struggles in order to save a country that isn't even her own. The book is full of unexpected plot twists, political intrigue, religious exploration and critique, fabulous world building, and themes pertinent to every young woman today. This is one of the best written novels I have ever read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Ridley More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of teen fantasy but I have NEVER read something where the main character is overweight or unattractive. I thought this was a really new and interesting twist that first drew me to the book. Elisa is a really great main character and all her flaws and insecurities make her more realistic than most. The story was also fantastic and pulled me in, the only complaint I have is the ending. Without giving anything away, the ending seemed really rushed, like hundreds of pages go into building what should have been something much more epic or exciting. Elisa discovers she's on the verge of some great mystery and three pages later it's solved. Anticlimactic in my opinion, but still a great book and I definitely recommend reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Tamora Pierce's books, then I highly recommend The Girl of Fire and Thorns! Great story, great characters, and great writing.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this book. But let's start with the good: I really liked the main character, Elisa; she was someone almost every girl could relate to, and at the end, maybe even strive to be like. Also, I liked how she grew throughout the novel. There was a big difference between the Elisa in the beginning and the Elisa in the end. The author was very subtle about it. Elisa didn't all of the sudden just change, it took time. All the character's, except maybe Alejandro, had their own distinct personality. And the world the author creates is lush and vivid. There was a ton of action and adventure and a bit of romance. I wish I could leave the review at that and say I absolutely loved it but, alas, I cannot. So, the bad: to be honest, there was really only one HUGE thing that made this not a five star read for me. It was the ending. I'm a happy ending kind of girl, and although I know this book is a part of a series so this isn't how it really ends, I just couldn't believe the author ended this book like that! There were many reasons it wasn't exactly a happy ending but for me there was one big reason it wasn't and if you read the book you'll figure it out. As a reader, I wasn't satisfied; I'm actually a bit pissed off. Overall, I have to say that the book was pretty great. If I wasn't such a happy ending girl I probably would have rated it five stars. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book in the series but I do recommend this book to people, it was very engrossing.
JulieCookies More than 1 year ago
I think I give this book about a 3.5 rating. I liked it, but didn't love it. The best part about this book is that it is a story about a young girl who calls herself fat and useless at the beginning of the story, and during everything that happens to her she proves to herself her true worth. I enjoyed the different kingdoms and tribes of people described. I really liked some of the characters. What I didn't like is the romance parts of the book - they were just bland and lacking. I just didn't believe the feelings were there. Maybe that is because of the writing style that was more tell and not enough show. There was also too much description of the travel (basically: "we're walking, we're walking, we're still walking" - this is how I feel about a lot of fantasy novels lately though). The religious aspects of the book were creative but I think were too much at times. All in all I felt there could have been more feelings and more plot development but that this story is a good read and is an interesting fresh type of story I haven't read before. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit that this book was great. Worth your money. Has a good mixture of action, romance, tragedy, and personal growth. Recommend to young adults. But of course there's still room for improvement on the author's part. Yes it had brilliant words strung together and many morals inclined, but it lacked partial feeling when it came to Elisa's love toward everyone around her. Still, I am going to follow this author and her future novels to see what else she can bring to the table. Worth a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it would be an interesting read. In theory the story could have been good; however, the execution was not there. It was much too religious and bland. I struggled to finish. There was no expansion or growth of the main characters and they were quite boring. This book was definitely not worth my money and I do not plan on following this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Thundafive More than 1 year ago
It took an interesting premise, an overweight princess unsure of her own worth and why she might have been chosen gets thrust into an unfamiliar world and must learn to adapt.  She struggles, cries, and stress eats, I believed everything about her.  Then (spoilers) like every non-funny fat person you've ever read about she is forced into some kind of hard labor that makes her lose weight, and of course that's when she starts getting her life together, only then does she buckle down and start really living.  It's very clear she has a sound mind, even a talent for intrigue, but apparently you can't be the hero and a belly, so I really couldn't get over that giant glaring cliche. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the good storyline and always exciting magic..what I enjoyed the most was the theme...have faith in yourself. Others may doubt you and try to tear you down..but you only fail when you doubt yourself. It is a good message for all. Of course the adventure and romance was great too.
olympianartist More than 1 year ago
Great Book! I wasn't really excited when I got this book from the library, but but the end I was laughing, crying, and cheering for Elisa.  The thing that surprised me the most about this book was how religious it was. I don't know if that was what the author intended, but I thought it was really inspirational how Elisa looked to God to get her out of scrapes. But if that's not what you're into, don't let it stop you from getting this book.  Elisa is a very relatable main character, and it was cool to watch her journey. I didn't think this book was perfect (having a magical belly button?) but I really liked. Definitely one of the best books i've read in a while.
Danier Jones More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i couldn't stop reading. I highly recommend
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a truly fabulous coming-of-age story. Elisa is married off to a foreigner on her sixteenth birthday, whisked off to a new land, and then hidden away as a secret. She can't reveal her Godstone and she can't reveal her marriage. Not the best start to a whole new life! She feels even more alone and worthless than she did in her home. What she doesn't realize is why it is so important to hide...and what could happen when her secrets are uncovered. Elisa was such a dynamic character and I absolutely fell in love with her. At the beginning of the novel, we area introduced to a fifteen-almost-sixteen year old girl who is preparing for her out-of-the-blue wedding. She is clearly uncomfortable in her own skin. She's been chosen for some great act of Service, but she feels like it must have been a mistake. How can she ever be as successful as her beautiful older sister? How could anyone ever fall in love with an overweight, less-than-perfect naive Princess? Her lack of confidence is fed by the secretive nature of her marriage and the multitude of secrets that she is forced to keep when she arrives in her new husband's country. Elisa was such a fabulous character because you literally watch her grown up and come into her own. She is forced to embark on this harrowing journey and along the way she transforms into a strong young woman. She experiences the joy of first love and the pain of death that war brings. The world and cast of characters that Rae Carson has presented in this book left me longing for more. The world is phenomenally and intelligently crafted. Carson's descriptions of the landscape gave me a real sense of the world without becoming cumbersome. In addition, her characters were understated but well-developed. We learn about them through Elisa's eyes and in a very "show not tell" way, which I appreciated. When characters were successful, I cheered, and when bad things happened to good people, I got upset (VERY upset in some cases). My overall sense about this book is that it is the start to a fabulous trilogy that I cannot wait to devour. I must also applaud Carson for wrapping up this book without any major cliffhangers! The world and characters have a lot of room to grow and develop in future books, but I wasn't left beginning for a conclusion to a completely undeveloped (or suddenly new) plot line.
Mel-Loves-Books 3 months ago
“‘You are the bravest person I know. And smart. And…’ He shifts his feet. ‘And beautiful. The king is a fool for not loving you.’” There was a lot to like about The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. It involved a strong female heroine, an arranged marriage, forbidden love, war, friendship, and magic. The heroine also starts out the book feeling she is overweight. She loves food and has been told she is fat by others. It seems that at times she can’t even look past that in herself. As a person who has also struggled with weight all of my life, it was interesting for me to read about this from such a strong female. I did appreciate how she was able to see the strength in herself and gain confidence based on her intelligence, strength, and inner beauty in the book. It did sort of bother me though that so many side characters couldn’t seem to look past it and it seemed that there was a lot of value put on the weight she ends up loosing. Some of it made me uncomfortable. I think the author had the right message in mind though based on her statement at the end of her acknowledgments: “So, to my fellow women I make this resolution: I will commit to seeing beyond your breasts or fat or beauty to the essence of who you are. And I will vociferously defend your right to have your accomplishments acknowledged and lauded — no matter what you look like.” Overall I enjoyed the story, and this book gave me somethings to think about, so I am giving it 4 full stars and I definitely plan to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous 10 months ago
good book. . but awful cover choice. not sure why it was changed. that is the first impression you get.... this one leaves a bad impression
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story starts off with Elisa being married off on her sixteenth birthday to King Alejandro of a neighboring country. The marriage was arranged by Elisa’s father for dual purposes: for Elisa’s protection (it is well known she bears the Godstone, so they hope to hide her away in a foreign nation), and Alejandro thinks their marriage will benefit his country during the war they’re soon to be engaged in. This story is about Elisa learning previously-withheld truths about her Godstone and learning what her purpose is in life as a bearer. I loved all of the characters so much, and this story is so clever. I’ll admit, I first thought the idea of a magic/spiritual stone embedded in someone’s navel was a bit weird, but once I got used to the concept, I thought it was a pretty nifty idea. Elisa’s character growth is by far my favorite thing of this story. She starts off as an insecure, spoiled princess and by the end, she is a strong, self-assured, and proactive queen. One thing that got on my nerves slightly throughout the entire story was the constant mention/references to Elisa’s weight. At the beginning of the story, she’s quite fat and has a very unhealthy relationship with food. And people looked down at her/made fun of her because of her weight. Then due to the events of the story, she loses a bit of weight and gains some muscle. However, I still don’t think her relationship with food is that great even as the story progresses. She still thinks a lot about food throughout the entire book, even if it’s just to lament the lack of it, or to acknowledge that she missed a meal or wasn’t hungry enough to eat a meal. And, as an overweight person, I can understand this mindset. Really, I can. But it got extremely tedious to read about. I highly, highly recommend this book. Just keep in mind that religion plays a huge role because it’s so close to the main character’s personality.
hscherry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seemed to take a while to get going & get into the story, but once it did, quite enjoyed it. Would be interested to read more of her work.
DJLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Princess Lucero-Elisa does not believe she is the one who should bear the Godstone, the gift bestowed upon God's chosen once every one hundred years. She's not good with royal politics, she's not graceful or lithe, and she's terrified of horses (her only true flaw in my opinion). While she believes her elder sister would be a more suitable bearer of the Godstone as well as a more suitable match for King Alejandro of her country's ally, it is Elisa who is led down the aisle in a marriage that any self-doubting sixteen-year-old girl would hesitate to enter. These reasons are why she is one of the most amazing fantasy heroines. Elisa knows her flaws, or at least what she thinks of as flaws, and she doubts herself constantly throughout the story, but she keeps moving forward despite having these reservations about herself. One could say this is due to those around her that offer support and belief in her, but it is also Elisa's own determination to rise to the task of bearing the Godstone that makes her such a remarkable heroine. Rae Carson created and brought to life amazing and life-like supporting characters, and I say "supporting" both in the casting sense and in what they do to help Elisa find her path to grow. Starting with Ximena and Aneaxi, Elisa's nurse and lady-in-waiting, they have been there for the princess ever since she was a baby. Then, there is the stoic Hector, King Alejandro's man-at-arms, who proved to be a great councilor to Elisa sometimes without even speaking. The desert escorts were by far some of the most earnest characters from the unreadable Cosme to her brother, Humberto, who became devoted to Elisa. The two that I'm awaiting to learn more about are Ximena and Hector, both of which give me the impression that there is far more to their story than we've heard thus far.While The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a rather lengthy book, the story didn't feel as such. Between the transitions for Elisa going from one realm to another, the pace was energetic, and I certainly felt the energy flowing from the pages. Carson's writing has an amazing use of description without going into a tangent, and this makes the reader aware of Elisa's ability to notice the details that are often missed. Those who are destined for greatness will not often find it while in the comforts of the familiar. No one knows that more than Lucero-Elisa, bearer of the Godstone and hope for her people.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Princess Elisa is married off as part of a military truce and in order to protect her. She was born with a godstone, a jewel in her navel that carries powers and a connection to God. This book hooked me in and kept me reading. Elisa is kidnapped and grows to believe in the cause of her captors, and, in fact, leads them in a guerilla-style freedom fighter effort against the neighboring troops forming the Malifico. Interesting characters, diplomatic intrigue, and a strong dose of mysticism pepper this adventure. There's definitely a Spanish flavor in this fantasy world. Elisa learned to become less soft and assert herself over the course of the book.
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I basically read The Girl of Fire and Thorns in a single day, because once I began, it was so engrossing that I couldn't bear to wait until the next day to finish reading. It is one of my favorite genres, which helps a bit - princess adventures with a touch of magic. (There's a little bit the "Farm boy" story and romance as well!)It really is an adventure story, with a lot going on. I can't really say that it is about any one thing, as there are a lot of things that it could be about - I don't think you could even limit it to being about the main character and our narrator, Elisa, since some of the topics are more general and are simply explored through her.Of course, if you read other reviews and synopses, some of the major topics become clear: religion, faith, destiny, self-confidence, body size/image, war, friendship, and trust.I think that Carson did a splendid job at handling the very many plot hooks and themes, and didn't really feel let down at any one point. I was surprised by some of her narrative choices, whether because she went an unexpected route, or because she did what I expected - but only after leaving very obvious red herrings. Since much of the foreshadowing came to play out very regularly, those red herrings were all the more surprising in the end.Speaking of the end, I think that while it was a bit rushed and a little beyond my ability to suspend belief regarding the stated passage of time, I thoroughly enjoyed that it is very bittersweet. Without spoiling too much, I hope, I found that the ending was hopeful and as positive for Elisa as it could be, considering the hardships she suffered to get to that point. I'm given to understand that there may be a sequel in the works, but I don't think a sequel is necessary at all. I am very happy to think of Elisa growing into a mature woman and capable queen (oops, spoiler?) with the pieces that were set out in the last chapters, and I don't need more. (I'll probably read a sequel anyway, though!)Two themes in the book had me wary before reading, worrying that it might be totally horrible and not my thing and I'd hate it. Luckily, this wasn't the case!The first item is the religious aspect. Elisa is very devout to her faith, and is, in fact, living proof of a supernatural God. There is a crystal or gemstone lodged in her abdomen that spontaneously and miraculously appeared at her nameday, and which burns hot or cold with no clear physical reason. While titled "religion" and all, I felt that this wasn't very indistinguishable from much magic in other books. The God and religion in The Girl of Fire and Thorns is very tangible and with an unmistakable presence.I did like the way Carson addressed religious schisms and fundamentalism, as well as different translations/interpretations of the religious texts. In the context of the story, the ultimate message to "continue to have faith and trust that things will work out as God intends, but there's nothing wrong with stepping up and trying to help things along" makes a lot of sense, though I'd think it's kind of stupid in a story based in our reality with no proof of the supernatural.The second item is Elisa's appearance, though again, a lot of it is helped by the context of the story. I hate the idea that in order to have self-confidence and happiness, one must be thin and conventionally attractive, and a lot of stories force their overweight heroines to slim down for no particular reason than to get that "happy" ending. But for Elisa, things are a bit different. While she is terribly overweight and unhappy about it in the beginning of the book, with doubt that anyone looks beyond her appearance even while having no motivation to change it (something so many of us can relate to!), and she does become much slimmer by the end, it isn't just for the "happy". Her weight loss is due to some pretty serious events and accompanies weeks or months of grueling physical exertion and not-quite-enough food. It is not a p
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: The Spanishesque world was the perfect backdrop for this debut, which mixes politics, romance, and religion into a deadly clash of magic and cultures. Opening Sentence: Prayer candles flicker in my bedroom. The Review: This epic fantasy does a really great job of creating cultures that relate to ours, but are in a world reliant on magic, faith, and secrets that is so unlike our own that the comparison is only tentative. The world Princess Lucero-Elisa hastily marries into is far more complicated than her life in Orovalle, where she studies war and scripture while eating her favorite pastries. But she wasn¿t safe in Orovalle and Alejandro needed the troops her father can provide, so they get married. It isn¿t long before Elisa realizes there¿s another reason she¿s been whisked away so abruptly. This reason has something to do with the Godstone embedded in her naval. It quickly becomes clear that information that could very well be the difference between her life and her martyrdom has been held form her for sixteen years. As the world around becomes more treacherous, both politically and emotionally, she turns to God for guidance. But God¿s signs are always ambiguous, and though her Godstone consigns her to Service, exactly what that entails is unknown. When Elisa¿s taken from her new home in Alejandro¿s palace across a desert to help aid a rebellion, she might finally have gotten where she needs to be. The incoming war with Irviene is closer than Alejandro and his advisors can possibly know. The hill people fight as hard as they can to defend themselves, but with thousands of troops they are running out of hope. Elisa can¿t be anyone¿s savior. She can barely bring herself to look in the mirror. She¿s fat with no talent besides her knowledge of tactics, but she¿s quick to try and change people¿s perception of her. When she wants someone to stop thinking poorly about her, she works twice as hard. Through a variety of circumstances, she loses weight, as she sheds the pounds she also gains a confidence in herself. The real Elisa, who had been hidden behind years worth of self-deprecation and feelings of uselessness, begins to shine through. It isn¿t long before Elisa is ready to step up to the challenges God has put before her. I know this book sounds super religious¿and while there are priests and monasteries, it¿s really not that kind of book. It¿s not preaching anything, but instead adds another layer of conflict to the story and mythology of the Godstone. The Godstone comes once every century, when they¿re still a baby. Though being destined for a great Service is clear, what that means is always unknown and perhaps more obscure than they realize. Many of them, in fact, die during their Service, even more die before it is completed. Elisa needs to protect herself, a task that¿s too much for her inexperienced hands. Because if enemies find her, they won¿t hesitate to cut the Godstone out of her. This world clashes magic with political intrigue, a well spun romance, and a coming-of-age story that places beauty in confidence and faith rather than good looks and charm. This book blew me away with its careful world building and beautiful prose. Elisa has a clever mind and a sense of humor, which makes her narration easy to read and adds another layer to her religious persona. I am dying to get my hands on the next book in the trilogy, Crown of Embers, because I absolutely love to see the way Elisa evolved from scared and incompetent to confident and take-charge. The writing was completely engrossing and I want it to be September already so I can have the sequel! Notable Scene: I step forward to take the boy¿s place, holding the roll tight against my breast. Father Nicandro¿s left hand cups the back of my neck and pulls my head down until we are forehead to forehead. ¿Your Highness,¿ he whispers. ¿What do you seek from God today?¿ With his other hand, the one that holds the rose
Daydreaming_Bookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I finally got this book at the library. Immediately the story starts with a wedding and you get quickly absorbed in the romance, politics, religions, cultures, and of course the magic of Godstones. Godstones are seen as the blessing rocks of God, those blessed with the Godstone are seen as messengers or doers of god's will. Elisa was blessed with one and as a princess married off King Alejandro she just met at the end of the alter. Her hand in marriage was not for love but for assurance of soldiers if King Alejandro were to go to war. Their marriage is kept secret but Elisa, her love for food, and of course her good heart understand there will be the time to tell the kingdom.Elisa is kidnapped by rebels and taken to their camp. She is cared for and paid more attention to by Humberto. She willingly decides to help the Rebels face their side of the war. Her tactics and wise decisions of a true leader makes her a lovable strong heroine. In times of desperation she herself carries out and partakes in the harassment of of enemy camps. Elisa is chosen and she knows what she must do in order to be a good queen and a leader for a rebellion.I loved this book. I would rank it up there with Kristin Cashore's and Tamora Pierce's works involving inspirational and good hearted heroines. It's a page turner, believe me. I took it every where I went in order for me to read what happen next in this great adventure for peace and love. I highly recommend this book!