By Rae Carson
The Bitter Kingdom is the final book in The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. There are a couple of short stories available for this series as well. I apparently only reviewed the first book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I know that I did not like the second book as well as the first. This is a teen fantasy series.
In the first book, Elisa realized her real purpose in life and did a lot of growing up. In the second book, The Crown of Embers, Elisa seems to be a in a great place but she still must fight for her crown. She is capable of making grand decisions but not as capable of every day ones which must happen when running a country. Her inability to take charge has caused the man she loves to be kidnapped by her enemy and her country to be kidnapped by those who desire power. So, in this book, Elisa is fighting for her life, her country and her love.
I really liked Elisa’s character in this book and the relationships she has with her traveling companions. There were several scenes that reminded me of the Lord of the Rings – they had to travel through a mine for instance – and Elisa becomes a capable fighter, with and without her Godstone. The book only hints at what kind of leader Elisa will be in the future but she does learn where her true powers come from and what she is capable of accomplishing.
This is what this book had to do with my faith: how self-reliant should I be as a Christian? Should I rely on my own abilities or ask God to do stuff for me? How self-reliant does God want me to be? God gave me certain gifts and talents. I have Spiritual Gifts as well. God wants me to use them, I know. But doesn’t God also want me to depend on God? Where is the fine line between what I need to do myself and what God should do for me? And, to add to my questions, when do I need to learn to depend on others? I know I can’t do it all myself, as much as I appear to want to. When is it appropriate to let go and when is it appropriate to ask for help? How self-reliant are you as a Christian?