GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series reading information (Rae Carson)

The FIRE AND THORNS series from Rae Carson is one of the best conceived and written YA series I have read in some time.  It's beautifully done and like  Megan Whalen Turner's series, The Queen's Thief, it is suitable for adults.

It's a tale about a religious, scholarly girl who is called upon by Fate to save her people and the world.  It's sounds cliche but the brilliant world-building by Carson makes this series stand out.  Powerful and well done. 

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The Shadow Cats (Fire and Thorns, #0.5)
3.77 avg rating — 1,068 ratings

The Shattered Mountain (Fire and Thorns, #0.6)
4.09 avg rating — 450 ratings

The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns, #0.7)
4.23 avg rating — 423 ratings

bookcover of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS  (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson
(Fire and Thorns, #1)

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2012)
Andre Norton Award Nominee for Young Adult Scifi/Fantasy (2011)
**Starred Review** Kirkus
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
**Starred Review** SchoolLibraryJournal

3.86 avg rating — 21,266 ratings

Alodia is the crowned princess of the realm. The sister who knows how to rule and who is confident and most prepared for court life and court politics.  So when her younger sister, Elisa, is chosen to be the wife of a distant King, everyone is astonished.  And no one more than scholarly Elisa.

But Elisa has been chosen once before; to receive the stone: a sacred, devine jewel which she bears in her navel.  And despite her being the second, spare, princess, and despite her protests and doubts, Elisa heads off, sure that she will only disappoint this King.

The King and most other people do indeed undervalue her.  Which is perhaps what leads to her abduction by a radical desert revolutionary wants to either control her or kill her.

Suitable for Adults too.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 102,803
Page Count: 448
Accelerated Reading level: 5.0 / points: 15.0
AR quiz: 147890
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bookcover of THE CROWN OF EMBERS  (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson
(Fire and Thorns, #2)

**Starred Review** Kirkus   
4.33 avg rating — 8,472 ratings

In Book #1 Elisa fought the desert folk and won. Now she must battle her own people in a kingdom in which many distrust her, or merely want her out of the way so that they can rule.

But that struggle must wait because Elisa is fated to cross the ocean to search for the source of the Godstone's power. It is a journey that tests relationships, and raises new questions. 

Word Count: 101,422
Page Count: 432
Accelerated Reader:  5.0 / points: 15.0
AR quiz: 156258

bookcover of THE BITTER KINGDOM  (Fire and Thorns, #3) by Rae Carson
(Fire and Thorns, #3)

**Starred Review** Kirkus
**Starred Review** PublishersWeekly
4.36 avg rating — 2,696 ratings

Elisa's power grows stronger as she and her friends follow a path directly to the door of their enemies.  She seeks Hector, of course.  But it is also clear to her that that she must confront the powerful native inhabitants in their home.

Word Count: 103,365
Page Count: 448
Accelerated Reader: 5.3 / points: 16.0
AR quiz: 162497
Lexile: HL760L

compiled by Pam
updated June 2014