Author: Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns
Books: The Shadow Cats, The Shattered Mountain, The King’s Guard, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Crown of Embers, The Bitter Kingdom
Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy
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. She can’t see how she ever will.
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 the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s 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 people’s 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 doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
This is seriously one of my favorite series. Just making this post makes me want to re-read it. Elisa is, in my opinion, a great main character. She is one of the only ones I can think of that is overweight, and that’s something that is rarely described as a bad thing. Sure she deals with people being jerks to her about it, and she is self-conscious, but there was never any real body shaming going on in the book. Not to mention that Elisa is a WOC and that most of the cast is as well. This is an amazingly written high fantasy series.