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Carson, Rae.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 2011.

(2 booktalks)


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Booktalk #1

Elisa is the youngest daughter of the royal family, and wouldn’t be important except that she is the Chosen One, the bearer of the Godstone. One person every century is born with this special stone that means they are destined for greatness. When Elisa is married off to a king of a country in turmoil, she is alone and confused, with no idea how to rise to her new position and be the powerful queen he needs. Dangerous enemies with dark magic steal Elisa away shortly after her wedding, and she must either truly uncover that inner strength that everyone expects her to have, or die young. Like most of the Godstone bearers do. 
(Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

Booktalk #2

The first book in a fantasy series introduces Elisa, who was born with a godstone embedded in her navel. Only one person receives this gift each century and each is endowed with some great, unknown duty. An overweight coddled princess who is in the shadow of her older sister, Elisa is secretly married to King Alejandro of Joya d’Arena, who is unexpectedly kind to her. But then she is kidnapped by desert rebels who believe she is the only one who can fight off invaders from Invierne, the kingdom across the mountains. She becomes the leader of this rebellion and learns how to use her Godstone against the evil enemy and begins the transformation that will allow her to live up to her destiny. Sequels: The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom.  (Book Talk Author: Sharon Nehls, Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2015)

SUBJECTS:     Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
                        Prophecies -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Fantasy fiction.

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