Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson


I really enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The writing is excellent (even though I don't like present tense).  The characters are likeable and interesting.  The world-building is unique.  It feels like a European culture in a Central American setting.  I also think the faith/religion aspect is really well done.  It's not preachy, yet it's integral to the plot.  There's adventure, love, politics, and—miracle of miracles—the correct use of comma splices (only 2 or 3 in the whole book, used for impact, with short sentences of similar structure).  Bravo, Carson!

I'm not sure I like the way the author deals with the self-proclaimed "fat girl" issues and changes, but that's very subjective.  I think the author misses some opportunities in one abrupt death scene.  Elisa, the main character, also overcomes her underconfidence perhaps a bit too quickly. 

Despite these minor, subjective issues, the book is rich and interesting and well written.  Plus, it actually ends.  I like a series to consist of stand-alone stories that build on each other, instead of having cliffhanger endings.  This fit the bill:  I'm satisfied, and don't HAVE to read more, but I WANT to.  The perfect balance. 


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