Elisa is a princess. She is fat and pampered and feeds her feelings of inadequacy, comparing herself to her beautiful older sister, with delicious pastries. But she is also recognized as one of the chosen, blessed by the Godstone inside her. Elisa has no idea what this means for her life, until she is given in marriage to the king of a neighboring country. Will her simple, pampered life continue in this desert country? Will she find her place beside the king, who seems to only want her friendship? Will she ever find her true destiny?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by first-time author Rae Carson, is a thoroughly enjoyable medieval fantasy, along the lines of Tamora Pierce or Kristin Cashore (although perhaps not as riveting as these authors). The characters are likable and grow throughout the book, and the plot is at times slow-moving, but overall full of adventure as well as thought-provoking moments. If you enjoy reading fantasy with a strong female character, try this book.