Read from February 07 to 08, 2013
Meet Lucero-Elisa de Riqueza, a young 16 year old princess from the kingdom of Orovalle, who is forced to marry king Alejandro de Vega from an allied kingdom, Joya d'arena. Both kingdoms are currently in the verge of war with another darker opposing realm, the Invernos. She has been chosen by her 'God' (of whichever religion that ritualises rose thorns and blood...yeah, very weird but cool). Her being'chosen by God' is represented by a jewel that is alive on her navel, called the Godstone. It was placed by said 'God'during her naming ceremony.
Elisa is very unique: she has an eating disorder and anxiously eats as many pastries as she can, which obviously reflect on her self esteem, size and shape of her body. She is clever but shy, a very intuitive, young scholar-in-the-making, who devotes to her studies, specially Lengua Classica, their war manifesto: Belleza Guerra, pastries and embroidery. However, her whole world is shifted, once she is bound to king Alejandro, as she is expected to move and live in a different place, Joy a d'arena's capital, Brisadulce.
It was light, adventurous and creative. What entertained me the most was the pace, you'll never have time to delve into the last chapter you've read, as it's a 'go,go,go' type of story until its over. The other thing that got me smiling, were (of course) all the Spanish words :-)
I have to admit that contrary to a fellow reviewer I was mesmerized by the food descriptions, and I found all these amazing, specially because our main character Elisa is very affected by food, which makes it a big part of her personality. My husband makes the most amazing coconut scones and I even had the pleasure of tasting them while reading this book. I can imagine the soups, chickens and feasts they have and I wish I had all these recipes (so I can give them to my husband, of course).
As expected, many things are left unresolved, as this is part of a bigger series. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a first book that delivered good entertainment. There is self discovery, adventure, learning, treachery, mystery, love, friendship and loss.
I look forward for the next book!