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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rae Carson Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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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, and can't see how she ever will.

Now, on her 16th birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king - a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 1/24/2014

    " Quick read. Cliche in parts, but overall a good story with lots of action and adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/19/2014

    " I have mixed feelings about this (and the godstone in the navel thing just made me picture troll dolls all the time), but the parts I liked I really liked. I'm going to go with 3.5 stars for this one and keep an eye out for the next book in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Bernard | 12/31/2013

    " I love the main character in this book Elisa and I am excited to read the rest of the series. I am already half way through the second book and sad that I'm halfway done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth3tx | 12/19/2013

    " I really hated this book for the first 1/3. It was interesting, and had a good writing. But, the main character was just so whiny, and always felt so bad for herself. So, I stopped reading. My daughter talked me into picking it up again, and I really loved the rest of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess | 12/16/2013

    " Never thought I would be into high-fantasy concepts, but this book was hands down AMAZING. Beautiful writing, extremely well-developed characters, and an interesting plot that was simple enough to follow yet complicated enough to keep the reader guessing. My favorite aspect of this whole book was how the author explored the subject of faith and God; it was done so tastefully and believably and I find that Elisa's internal struggles with her faith mirrors that of my own. The pacing was a tad slow, but what kept me going was Carson's vivid use of imagery--everything was painted so beautifully. Looking forward to the sequels! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/15/2013

    " (2.8 stars) Umm... I really don't know how I feel about this book. First off, I didn't know there was a Book 0.5 so I'm not sure if not reading that affected how I felt about this book. The book was a bit slow at first, and I really didn't care much for Alejandro but the book picked up once she got kidnapped and things actually started happening. OMG and honestly, when Humberto died, I was utterly shocked and disappointed... I had to put the book down after that, but forced myself to keep reading. I'm actually still pissed that the author killed him off. As crazy as it sounds, I truly liked the idea of Humberto and Elisa being together. The ending was weird. We wait this whole time to find out what Elisa will do with the stones and it turns out that she just had to click them on her own belly button stone like a spinning lego piece and have her scream lines from the scripture while pieces of glass shatter dramatically around her? Really? lol. The book did hold my interest though for a while but overall the book felt a little too preachy for me. I don't even know if I want to read the other books in the series. I guess I'll read some reviews to see if you guys liked them or not lol. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysette | 12/12/2013

    " I didn't realize this book was considered young adult. Aside from the protagonist being 16 there wasn't any of the over the top emotional madness I come to associate with young adult genres. I read this book in two days and I really enjoyed my time with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/10/2013

    " I love how the character kept getting stronger throughout the book. Also, after talking with the author, I now have a better understanding of why certain things happened (I'm not going to reveal spoilers here). Can't wait to read the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/2/2013

    " I think that my favorite thing about this book was that the charming Price wasn't the Prince Charming and Elisa had to go out into the world and stand on her own feet and then grew into the person she wanted to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/9/2013

    " I enjoyed it but it took me a while to get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryanne | 8/18/2013

    " Totally hooked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Esanu | 6/23/2013

    " I'd give this 3 1/2 stars, if possible. I need to think about this for a while as I just finished Seraphina, which addressed similar genres (historical fiction/fantasy) and themes (conviction, religion, realpolitik) with more of an impact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne | 6/15/2013

    " I liked Elisa's transformation but the stone bordered on cult worship instead of religious piety. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collie | 6/2/2013

    " It was so good! So many details and a different plot twist than I've ever read. Can't wait to read the sequels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/16/2013

    " I enjoyed the character progression of the princess as well as the intrigue and the mystery behind what the godstone is all about. Some talk about bosoms, and minor violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linsey | 4/16/2013

    " A complex book. Characters are interesting, the interweaving of religion and sorcery is also interesting. Loved how Elisa transforms from a girl full of self doubt to a strong independent woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harla | 12/19/2012

    " This book had a good story to it and I enjoyed the godstone element. Also the princess as a "fat" girl, that was different. My last observation was that the book as a whole was a bit long for me. I was ready for it to be done thus the 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 10/17/2012

    " Four stars, with an extra star for the fantastic narrator, Jennifer Ikeda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Plasschaert | 8/26/2012

    " The main character has a powerful god gemstone thing in her bellybutton! Fun, fast-paced, different kind of story. "

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About the Author

Rae Carson is the author of the New York Times bestselling Girl of Fire and Thorns series, as well as three novellas set in the same world. Originally from California, Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.