I liked this set of novellas from Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns series because they give us insight into some of the minor characters that were in The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Each of these characters really deserve their own series, since even these novellas showcase some amazing character traits and growth in a limited amount of pages. (Or maybe that just means that Carson should write more wonderful adventures, haha.)
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness. And it was not Alodia.
I love how Alodia, the one who seemed like the perfect heroine, was not actually the star of the show. Elisa’s perception of her older sister was such a bad one that I’m glad I got a chance to see things from Alodia’s perspective, and Alodia’s definitely a heroine in her own rights. In this story, Alodia and her faithful guard, Zito, sets out to investigate a corner of their land where crops have failed to grow and a creature named Espiritu is rumored to be killing the farm animals. In the process, Alodia finally realizes the worth in her younger sister.
Mara – who Elisa meets in The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the protagonist in this novella. When Mara tries to leave her small village in Joya d’Arena with her lover, her village is burned to the ground that very same day. She is forced to lead the other survivors of her village to safety. Carson skillfully brings Mara’s past to life and connects her story with her appearance in the main book.
This is the story of how Hector, King Alejandro’s personal guard, got to where he is in The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I think his story is the most exciting out of the three novellas, and it shows his growth even in the short span of a hundred pages or so.