The Girl of Fire and Thorns

As a second born princess, Elisa is comfortable spending her days studying the Lengua Classica, avoiding the politics of court, and discovering new delicacies prepared by the cooks in the royal kitchens.  However, that life comes to sudden halt when her father and sister arrange her marriage to a king from another country to improve relations. 

Now Elisa is moving across the continent to a foreign and possibly hostile court.  Even though they are now married, her new husband, Alejandro, decides to keep their relationship a secret.  Elisa is starting to realize that perhaps she should have paid more attention to the goings-on of her country and that of her new one, because after an attack on her shows, she is in far more danger than she ever expected.

For Elisa is this generation’s bearer of the Godstone; she has been touched by God to show everyone she is destined to do something great.  Or at least that’s the goal.  As Elisa discovers, not every bearer lives long enough to fulfill his or her great work. 

Meanwhile, a shadowy revolutionary group decides that Elisa is the key to helping them break away from her husband’s rule once and for all.  And they will stop at nothing to get their hands on her.  

Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns is book one of the Fire and Thorns Trilogy.  With a main character just as strong as Katsa from Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, world-building just as complex as Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina, and a little bit of plot borrowed from Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword, you have a recipe for awesomeness.