Parents' Guide to

The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Unlikely princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.

Book Rae Carson Fantasy 2011
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Really fun book but has some intense scenes

Really fun book! I would highly encourage reading it. I would say 13 and up because of some violence.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (5):

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS will attract more than the typical fantasy fan thanks to its fabulous princess. And no, she's not fabulous just because she's an affirmation that girls who weigh more than their peers can be heroes. She's whip-smart, and she gives her life's purpose and the plight of those around her serious thought. And isn't it always the reluctant leaders who make the best ones in the end? She's someone definitely worth following in the next two books in the trilogy.

The unique mystical quality of The Girl of Fire and Thorns will attract others. No wonder the Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association) placed the book on its 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults list. It makes religion both personal -- with Elisa's Godstone and the way it responds directly to her -- and topical, with a war perpetuated by religious fervor and fear. And the sorcerers from Invierno are still enough of a mystery that it keeps the reader guessing about the nature of the magic they summon. It's another reason to eagerly await the sequel.

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