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 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 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.
I loved Elisa! She was so easy to relate to and not at all unreasonably whiny (like many female protagonists seem to be). Maybe one of the reasons that's true is she's not a skinny pretty girl who somehow has confidence issues but she's spoiled and fat (and knows it). This is the first time I've ever read a fantasy adventure book with a plump heroine - how refreshing!
All of the secondary characters are also well-drawn. The desert scenery was vividly depicted and was as integral to the story as its characters. There is much love and loss in this book and the pages fly by with the action-packed plot.
It is interesting to note how the author deals with skin-deep beauty. While it's not overt, pay attention to how those that flaunt their attractiveness fare compared to those who are scarred or hide their beauty. I can't say more without possibly being spoilery so I'll leave it at that!
If you like fantasy books, adventure stories, and/or a bit of mysticism than you will thoroughly enjoy this book! Highly recommended.