Mar 29, 2013

The Shattered Mountain by Rae Carson Review

The Shattered Mountain by Rae Carson
(Fire and Thorns, #0.6)
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 106 pages
On the outskirts of Joya d'Arena, small villages fight for survival against the onslaught of sorcerers and raiders. Mara's village has been safe--so far--but Mara decides to escape anyway. Escape from her harsh, abusive father. Escape with her first love. But when their plans fall on the same day that the animagi burn the village to the ground, Mara faces losses that could destroy her. She's a survivor, though. She is going to make it through the mountains, and she is going to protect the refugees following her. Because there's a rumored safe haven . . . and some say they have found the Chosen One. Told from Mara's point-of-view, The Shattered Mountain is an alternate perspective of the beginning of the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

This world, these characters, this story is just amazing. She could put out a novella about these characters eating a meal and I would definitely read it just because I can't get enough of everything that Rae Carson has created. Not to mention all of these covers are so brilliant, beautiful and attention grabbing. If you don't know what series I'm talking about then I suggest you go out and buy the first book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns; you can thank me later.

Mara fell in love with a boy. It all starts with that, doesn't it? Not only did she fall in love with a boy but she was planning on running away with said boy. Her father would never approve their marriage and she was safer farther away from him. Problem is, she never gets the chance to live out her happily every after. Her village is viciously attacked and many are dead or left for dying. It's up to her, the man she loves' younger brother and a few other children varying in ages from four to fourteen. Julio, the man she was to run away with, used himself as a distraction so she could save herself and the few children left standing. It was a brave, selfless thing to do and who knows if he's survived or was caught during his distraction.

 This novella is the story of how Mara went from being a girl in love to being a girl who care and look out for those who needed it. She went from being a girl abused by her father to a girl who would lead others to safety. Just like how Elisa grew so much in her first book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, we can see how much Mara grew in this novella. Mara is a character I really like in this series and now, she is one I truly admire.

If you love this series, like I said, there's no reason for you not to check out this novella. If you're like me, you can't get enough of this world, these characters and this story so don't deny yourself a chance for more now.

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