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, and can't see how she ever will.
Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king - a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be 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.
©2011 Rae Carson (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
I enjoyed the story. it setup the characters well, its society and kingdom. It is funny seeing today's religious conflicts written so well into a fantasy book. The tone is talking a religious book and each social group understanding the reading differently and being defensive in their understanding of their religion. The main character is 16-yrs-old and those she is royal, well educated in history and war she is not as advance socially. I grew patience as I watched her build relationships. I would give it 3.5 stars of these apps would allow it.
I enjoyed the book. I feel like the character development was lacking a little bit and some scenes that were drawn out could have been shorter. All in all it was a good read. No romance to speak of. I'll listen to book 2 but if it fails to impress I'd pass on book 3.
While the first fifth began slowly, this book picked up fast. I'm already about to be done with the final book in the series in less than a month.
I think teenagers would really like this story, It wasn't for me. I bought it because of Jennifer Ikeda.
The story was detailed and the characters developed. I just couldn't stick with it. I tried a couple times.
She is one of my top three narrators!
For me, it was immature.
This first story in the 3 book series was so heartbreaking. To see a young girl who felt so unimportant was just plain sad. It was refreshing to see her discover herself in such a surprising way. This book helped me get through some major painting projects. Jennifer Ikeda is my favorite narrator and she delivers perfectly here.
Loved the narrator. Main character is an adolescent so she is more a victim of circumstance rather than the creater of it. I suspect she will grow stronger in the following books.
You know, it takes a little while to warm into it, but it's worth pushing through! Once she gets kidnapped, it's game on! Watch a child become a woman in the span of a few months :-)
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