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.
“Honor from death,” I snap, “is a myth. Invented by the war torn to make sense of the horrific. If we die, it will be so that others may live. Truly honorable death, the only honorable death, is one that enables life.”
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I struggled with what to rate this book. While the writing was phenomenal and the story was incredibly put together, I had an extreme disconnect with the characters. This made it really hard to decide what to rate the book.
I already mentioned how I really enjoyed the writing and the story itself but what really made this book great was the world building and the story progression. I was hooked from the very first chapter and this book flowed so well that before I knew, I was finished. The pacing was spot on and there weren’t many slow moments.
I liked Eliza. I thought that her character being overweight was extremely interesting because you don’t see that in YA fantasy a lot if at all. Eliza had an extremely low opinion of herself and her insecurities made her character realistic and relatable. People were constantly underestimating Eliza because of her weight and it only made me wan to see her succeed more.
As far as Eliza’s romantic interests go, this is where I had the disconnect. Her “relationship” with Humberto was extremely insta-lovey and I did not connect with them as a couple at all. Their relationship felt like a high school romance that you know will end soon and with heart break. There was no possible way that it could have ended well and I was proven right when Humberto died. Though, I must admit, I was shocked that Rae Carson killed off his character so quickly. I will say that I thought his death was done really poorly. By the time that I knew what was happening, Humberto was already dead and being carried off. Rae Carson gave absolutely no time for the reader to digest Humberto’s death or Eliza’s reaction to it. I found it extremely underwhelming and it cheapened his death.
I have to say that I did ship Eliza and Alejandro together in the beginning and even when Eliza returned to Brisadulce. I started to wane a little because of Alejandro’s behavior when she returned though. He came off almost childish in a teenage boy type of way. I was severely turned off by his behavior and I was becoming extremely worried at this point. It seemed like Eliza would never get a man she deserved. Later, when Alejandro died, I was completely shocked. I did not expect that to happen and it made me really worried for any other important characters in the future installments. It also made me wonder who Eliza will end up with now that BOTH of her love interests are dead. Maybe Hector?
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I don’t know if I will be reading the next installment because I am having some doubts. The fact that I didn’t connect with any of the characters in this installment scares me and makes me hesitant to continue the series. Time will tell I guess…