book review

The Girl of Fire and Thorns Stories by Rae Carson

14739821Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. And it was not Alodia.

Alodia is the crown princess of the realm. The sister who knows how to rule, and the one who is constantly reminded that she has not been marked for a grand destiny. But Alodia has plans, and she will be the greatest queen her people have ever known. So she travels–with her hopeless, naïve, chosen sister–to a distant part of their land, to begin to secure her supporters. This region needs its princesses, for it is plagued with a curse. The crops don’t grow, the spring doesn’t arrive, and a fierce jaguar stalks the shadows, leaving only empty homes splashed with blood behind. If Alodia can save them, no one will be able to deny her strength and her sovereignty.

But what she discovers could change the fate of her kingdom, if not her world. And it will most certainly change her opinion of her younger sister.

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The Shadow Cats is only 54 pages long. I really enjoyed the Princess-Steward relationship between Alodia and Zito.

In this novella we’ve given a bit of insight to Alodia character, and why she decides to marry Elisa off to someone powerful. Overall, it was enjoyable.

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16148644On the outskirts of Joya d’Arena, small villages fight for survival against the onslaught of sorcerers and raiders. Mara’s village has been safe–so far–but Mara decides to escape anyway. Escape from her harsh, abusive father. Escape with her first love. But when their plans fall on the same day that the animagi burn the village to the ground, Mara faces losses that could destroy her. She’s a survivor, though. She is going to make it through the mountains, and she is going to protect the refugees following her. Because there’s a rumored safe haven . . . and some say they have found the Chosen One. 

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The Shattered Mountain is a 106 page novella told from Mara’s point of view and it’s full of pain, suffering, and heartbreak.

This novella didn’t add much to the story, but it was nice having some character backstory and insight.

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16148645At fifteen years old, Hector is the youngest squire in the most elite military force in the country. And his first day is disastrous. Everyone assumes the only reason he was recruited is his close personal association with King Alejandro, not because he’s really earned it.

But Alejandro needs Hector for a secret mission, one that gives him the chance to prove to everyone—including himself—that he is worthy to be a Royal Guard. Hector must break into the ancient Fortress of Wind to retrieve something so important that the kingdom’s future depends on it. What Hector finds in the fortress will stretch his bond of friendship with his king near to breaking. And it will prepare him to become the fearsome warrior and lord commander Elisa will never let go.

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I love Hector, so I was really excited to read this novella! This novella is actually really important to the series. There’s such a OMGWTF twist.

I dislike Alejandro more after reading this. He’s such a disgusting pig.

I love the world Rae Carson has created. I need more.

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