by Rae Carson
Published: September 20th 2011
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.
Note: Do not start reading this book at the same time you start watching Game of Thrones. I kept getting confused as to what took place in which setting. :)
This is one of those books that I knew I was going to love, but never found the time to read it for some reason. I am so glad I finally picked it up, and right when the 3rd book is coming out so I can keep reading and not have to worry about waiting a year or two for a cliffhanger to be brought back up to safety.
I loved how the author played out Elisa's changes and growth. In the beginning of the book, she is fat, naive, and pretty ignorant of her country's going-on's. But by the end of the book, trials and hardships have caused her to not only loose weight, but become a stronger person on the inside as well.
I cannot wait to read more about this beautifully crafted world and the characters who live in it. I think I am most excited to learn more about the other Godstone carriers. Highly recommended, especially for High Fantasy fans.