Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit




Series: Girl of Fire and Thorns


THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Read full book review >
THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Though this series entry moves somewhat slowly, newly discovered mysteries about this fantasyland's history—not to mention the torments of unresolved sexual tension—will have readers clamoring for volume three. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Intelligent and thoughtful Elisa must negotiate diplomacy, religion and personal desire. Read full book review >
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Despite the stale fat-to-curvy pattern, compelling world building with a Southern European, pseudo-Christian feel, reminiscent of Naomi Kritzer's Fires of the Faithful (2002), keeps this entry fresh. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Adventure drags our heroine all over the map of fantasyland while giving her the opportunity to use her smarts. Read full book review >