The Bitter Kingdom – Girl of Fire and Thorns #3 – Rae Carson

This book frustrated me. I felt there was too much detail or what I call “filler” in Elise’s travels–and she traveled a lot in this book. I think a lot of it could have been either cut out or shortened. Other than that, I enjoyed this final book of the trilogy.

Instead of just Elisa’s POV, we get Hector’s too while he is the prisoner of Franco, the Invierne assassin, and traveling through the freezing mountains. It was interesting to get his perspective.

Elisa and three of her friends are traveling not far behind, trying to rescue Hector before they reach Invierne, the enemy’s country. She’s tapped into her power now so she and Storm, an Invierno loyal to her, practice their new powers.

Elisa has to rescue Hector and has to figure out how to get her country of Joya d’Arena back from Conde Eduardo and General Luz-Manuel who have usurped it, risking civil war.

It is always hard to come to the end of a good series because I have the daunting task of finding a new series that will live up to it.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns – Fire and Thorns #1 – Rae Carson

It’s not often I fall in love with the heroine of a book but I couldn’t help but adore Elisa. A lot of times, author’s make the female protagonist too perfect or too confident which makes me instantly distance myself from them because I like flawed characters and perfect people bore me. Elisa is actually overweight and knows she’s not extremely beautiful like her older sister but she is smart and knows herself pretty well.

Elise is the chosen one. She’s the bearer of the Godstone, a stone that was put there by God underneath the skin of her belly. It is said that she is to fulfill a great destiny as did the ones before her have done but she has no idea what that destiny is.

Because she is the second daughter of the king, her older sister will become the queen once her father, the king dies so Elise is married off to the king of another country when she is sixteen years old. She travels with him to his country through dangerous jungles.

She learns that she has some serious enemies because of her Godstone so her new husband wants to keep that a secret. Not only does he want to keep her Godstone a secret, but he also wants to keep their marriage a secret. She wonders about this so she writes to her sister who responds by telling her that her life was in danger so they needed to get her far away and King Alejandro agreed to marry her if her father sent him troops for the upcoming war with Invierne. So much for romance!

A little rant.

I wondered how Alejandro thought he could keep a royal marriage secret since Elise’s entire country witnessed it. Even though the road they took was dangerous, there were other routes. The author wrote that there was post between the two countries too. I think it’s the one flaw in this author’s story.

Elise discovers a lot that was kept from her in her kingdom. She is in grave danger but she can either be a hero and fulfill her destiny or do nothing and let evil take over the kingdom and world.