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Rae Carson

Author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns

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Canto Bight (2017) — Contributor — 251 copies
Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 152 copies
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (2017) — Contributor — 104 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 32: January/February 2020 (2020) — Contributor — 11 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 64 • September 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 9 copies
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #4 — Contributor — 4 copies
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #3 — Contributor — 2 copies


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I still really love this book but as I listened to the audiobook, it became so apparent that every Christian was portrayed as a jerk/brat/overall-just-a-bad-person.
libraryofemma | 53 other reviews | Apr 18, 2024 |
Red was an orphan and a slave before Empress Elisa found her, freed her, and made her her ward. Now, Red is about to be officially adopted into the royal family in front of the whole court. Red's adoption requires a council vote, but the royal family is certain that they have the votes. When something goes wrong and the adoption is rejected, Red asks instead to join the Royal Guard. Elisa and her consort Hector are scheduled to go on a journey, leaving Prince Rosario in charge. While they are away, Red begins to notice some strange things about what's happening in the palace, and in the training of the new Guard recruits. Is there a traitor lurking in the shadows?

It's been years since I read the first three books in the Fire & Thorns series, and I was concerned that I would have forgotten too much about the previous books, but this book stands on its own fairly well. Carson's writing is strong, and as with the previous books, she doesn't pull her punches. In reading about Red's experiences as the only female Guard recruit, I couldn't help think of Tamora Peirce's Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small quartets, so if you enjoyed those stories, you might like this one. I'd recommend reading the whole series, just because they are so good, but this book could be read as a stand-alone.
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foggidawn | 6 other reviews | Mar 15, 2024 |
I sucked this one down so fast, it never made it to my Currently reading list. Much like the 1st one, I love Lee's inner voice. I can't wait for the last of this trilogy.
jazzbird61 | 18 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
This was a really good book that I am glad I finally picked up. I think the only reason that I haven't picked it up before (despite the great ratings) was because the synopsis is weak---really weak.

Most of the faith-based fantasy that I've read has been a thinly disguised way to deliver a 'god-is-good-and-wants-you-to-do-the-right-thing' message. This was more a story about self-discovery and growth. And Thank You Rae Carson for a unique heroine--at the end of the book, I still wasn't sure if she is plain, beautiful or striking--because that had NOTHING to do with the story--nice touch.

I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
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jazzbird61 | 182 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |



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