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Rae Carson Read-Along: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS Chapters 1-11 + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be taking part in the Rae Carson Read-Along with a few awesome bloggers this summer, leading up to the release of the author’s WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, which comes out on September 22nd.

I fell in love with this series when it was first released… and actually fell in love with the idea of it before its release in 2011. So, of course it was one of those series that I did not want to see end and have been reluctant about reading the final book in the series. I’m still not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to Elisa.

But I’m going to have to. I’ve committed to this read-along. And I’m actually thrilled to be able to re-read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS and THE CROWN OF EMBERS. So thrilled, in fact, that I may have already read ahead just a little. I mean, how could I stop after chapter 11 when the first part of the book is 12 chapters. Then how could I stop after what happened in chapter 12. Yeah. Anyway…

If you’d like to know a bit more about what goes down in those first eleven chapters, check out my thoughts below. And if you’d like to see what the four other participating bloggers thought about the start to THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, visit each of their blogs – links are below their logos.

Me, My Shelf and I

Mundie Moms

Fictitious Delicious

Good Books And Good Wine

And… if you’d like to check out the upcoming schedule, it’s included at the bottom of the post. You can also follow along on Twitter: #ReadingRae.

I’ve also added in a giveaway for a few pre-order copies of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER, so if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter.


The Read-Along: Chapters 1-11

***Spoiler Alert: There are a few general plot spoilers in this post. ***

As I mentioned above, I’ve already read THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS. But it was a long time ago. I had an ARC copy of the book and read it before its release in 2011. And while it is one of those stories that is very memorable almost four years and a few hundred or so books later, there has been enough time since my last read that I find it just as exciting a read as it was the first time.

And just as hard to put down. Which I’ve had to do. Reluctantly. In order to try and stay focused for the read-along. Though I may have read eleven chapters ahead already. Anyway…

This first book in the trilogy is broken down into three parts. And while the first part consists of the first twelve chapters of the book, this first week of the read-along stops at the end of chapter eleven. If you’re following along by reading or re-reading this series, then I challenge you to stop one chapter shy of the end of part one. I then challenge you to try and stop reading after that chapter. I’m not sure it can be done.

In these first eleven chapters we meet Elisa, get to know a little bit about who she is – intelligent, sheltered, self-pitying, kind, stronger than she knows – learn how much she’s been kept in the dark about being the latest bearer of the Godstone, and see just how strong she can be when she needs to be.

We get to witness her wedding, meet her husband, Alejandro, who is kind of great most of the time…so far, meet Lord Hector who you kind of know is going to be great all of the time, discover what happens on her wedding night – no, that is not what we learn – and head out on a journey with them to his home in Joya. And it’s not a journey without peril. There is an attack. Not everyone survives. And a secret is discovered about someone close to Elisa.

Elisa’s arrival in Brisadulce is an interesting one as her marriage to Alejandro is kept hidden. She’s asked to take everyone’s measure, to see who might be against the King, her husband. She’s given a tour, she has a secret meeting with the priest to learn more about the Godstone and the previous bearers, she’s forced to keep her guard up and use her intelligence so as not to appear weak, and she has to keep her wits about her when Alejandro heads out to retrieve his son, Rosario, and takes along someone she suspects is his mistress. Grrrr.

Little Rosario turns out to be a handful, but is still kind of adorable. And he’s one of just a few people from Brisadulce that Elisa genuinely seems to like. The same cannot be said of Cosmé, whose loyalties are suspect and who shows an instant dislike for Elisa.

This part of the read-along ends after Elisa attends a strategy meeting, if you will, to discuss matters of war. She proves her worth, though it seems she’s made an enemy or two in the process. And by offering to take Alejandro’s place as Rosario’s escort on an outing through town and skipping out on the remainder of the meeting, she has all but guaranteed the enmity of Condesa Ariña.

So…

In just eleven chapters we have adventure, political intrigue, secrets, deception, death. We are teased about what might be between Elisa and Alejandro….someday. Hints are dropped about just how taken Lord Hector is with Elisa. And we are kept riveted by the promise of discovering Elisa’s greater purpose and the idea that she might not live long enough to fulfill her destiny.

Yeah. It’s pretty freaking awesome so far.


About THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS

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Title & Series: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Fire and Thorns #1)
Author: Rae Carson
Release date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

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. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs 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.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


About Rae Carson

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Author portrait by Michelle Daniel Photography

Rae Carson is the author of the New York Times–bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain lots of adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


Other Books in the Series

Crown-of-Embers

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Title & Series: THE CROWN OF EMBERS (Fire and Thorns #2)
Release date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

She does not know what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


The-Bitter-Kingdom

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Title & Series: THE BITTER KINGDOM (Fire and Thorns #3)
Release date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

The champion must not waver. The champion must not fear. The gate of darkness closes.

Elisa is a fugitive.

Her enemies have stolen the man she loves, and they await her at the gate of darkness. Her country is on the brink of civil war, with her own soldiers ordered to kill her on sight.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Lucero-Elisa né Riqueza de Vega, bearer of the Godstone, will lead her three loyal companions deep into the enemy’s kingdom, a land of ice and snow and brutal magic, to rescue Hector and win back her throne. Her power grows with every step, and the shocking secrets she will uncover on this, her final journey, could change the course of history.

But that is not all. She has a larger destiny. She must become the champion the world has been waiting for.

Even of those who hate her most.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


GoFaTStories

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Title & Series: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS STORIES (Fire and Thorns #0.5-0.7)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 272
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

A paperback edition of three novellas set within the world of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series, previously available only digitally: The Shadow Cats, The Shattered Mountain, and The King’s Guard.

The Shadow Cats is told from the perspective of Elisa’s older sister. Discover how their sibling rivalry looks from Alodia’s viewpoint, and find out why Alodia agrees to marry her sister off to King Alejandro of Joya de Vega.

The Shattered Mountain revolves around Elisa’s best friend and handmaiden, Mara. Before she meets Elisa at the rebel camp in The Girl of Fire and Thorns, she suffers her own tragedy. Her village is destroyed and she must lead the few young survivors to safety.

The King’s Guard centers on Hector, Commander of the Royal Guard and Elisa’s true love. Set years before The Girl of Fire and Thorns, it shows us fifteen-year-old Hector as a new recruit. He must prove himself—and he discovers a secret he must keep forever.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | iTUNES – The Shadow Cats, The King’s Guard, The Shattered Mountain  | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS


The Schedule

If you’d like to follow along, here are the dates where you can stop by all the participating blogs.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

  • July 13th (today) | Chapters 1 through 11
  • July 20th | Chapters 12 through 23
  • July 27th | Chapters 24 through 34

The Crown of Embers

  • August 17th | Chapters 1 through 10
  • August 24th | Chapters 11 through 20
  • August 31st | Chapters 21 through 30

The Bitter Kingdom

  • September 7th | Chapters 1 through 14
  • September 14th | Chapters 15 through 28
  • September 21st | Chapters 29 through 42

Walk On Earth a Stranger

  • September 22nd | Release Day Celebration Blast

The Giveaway

I am offering up for giveaway a pre-order copy of WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER to THREE (3) winners.

  • Giveaway ends at the conclusion of the read-along
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be 3 winners
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
  • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • Winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winners will have 72 hours to respond with their details
  • There are no requirements to like or follow this blog but there are extra entries to follow the author and publisher on social media, to add the Fire and Thorns series and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER on Goodreads, to leave a comment, to tweet a message, and to follow the other read-along participants on Twitter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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Note: This same giveaway Rafflecopter will be included in all read-along posts for convenience.

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