Black Rose by K.L. BoneSeries: Black Rose #1
eBook, English, 224 pages
Debut: October 12, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Dark / Violance / Angst, Fantasy, Romance
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Read First: February 17-18, 2016 | Snuck from: IndieSage PR -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“May the Black Rose protect you in life and avenge you in death.” – Vow of the Black Rose
Six hundred years ago, the Muir Court was wiped from existence, destroyed by an elite group known as the Black Rose Guard. Their Captain, Mara, has a reputation of being a harsh woman who leads the guard with a fierce formality. During her long years, she has known pain, loss, heartache…and one great love.
Edward was the Captain of the Royal Guard. He loved her once. However, it was a love that faded the day he met young Liza, the Princess who stole the heart he had once sworn belonged to Mara alone. Liza was also the woman that Mara was fated to protect. When the Queen learns of her daughter’s forbidden love for Edward, she devises a series of punishments, torturing Edward while her daughter is forced to watch. In a an act of desperation, Mara takes Liza’s place and looks on helplessly as Edward endures the torments which break his body and Mara’s soul.
All of their pain is put aside when Liza is murdered by the rulers of a rival court. Haunted by her failure to protect the Princess and adhering to tradition, Mara takes the vow of the ‘Black Rose.’ It is an ancient oath which ties those under its power to abandon the lives they knew for the sake of a single goal: vengeance. Her quest leads her on a dark path of violence, rage and bloodshed.
Tormented by a fate they can neither accept nor escape, Black Rose is a tale of retribution, love, and above all, honor—at any cost.
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Why I picked this story up:
Er, did you read the summary? Like I could say no to that vow, or such a cruel love story. Ph-lease! That's exactly the kind of stuff I love.
What I found:
Oh, bloody, like you wouldn't believe. Even bloodier than I expected. Paired up with the kind of cruelty I always associate with a good Fae world. Perfect in regards to what I expected from the summary.
But... as much as I love flashback-storytelling, I feel it does not mix well with such a detailed, very descriptive writing style. I love my fantasy to be powerful and rich of words, but it's a fine line before it becomes repetative. Crossed a few too many times in this, by my standards. Thus, it is not a story you can rush (like I kinda did...). But I think it'd be perfectly beautiful in every way if you take your time with it.
Except you get irked by the characters like I did. Seriously, I'm pissed that I felt Edward was more of a side presence instead of a hero. He's the center of the whole mess, yet he's always trimming his sails to the wind instead of actually being am active, driving force. No clue what Mara sees in him.
And that's exactly what pissed me off about her. Mara has a strength in her that few others possess, a pure heart in another way than Liza had, honor, spirit... She's a true queen, plain and simple. Yet except for this one time at the beach, she's walys bowing her head to Edward, he can always bend her to his will with as much as a glance -- and that has nothing to do with her deep love for him, nothing whatsoever. I can accept that he is her weakness -- every kickass heroine like her would need at least one, and what would be better than the man she loves? -- but not in this blind and pathetic manner.
I have no problem with unequal partners, be it in experience, or age, or whatever. But I hate it when a love like that, an eternal one, is not reciprocated with the same abandon. *huff* Mara would so deserve it. Especially since I have a feeling Edward is bound to crush the pieces of her heart into fine powder if Sandra is really... No, you can't tell me he loves Mara the same way she loves him. Maybe he could just go ahead and die in the next book? I'm sure Mara could get over that better than if he chose another woman instead. And then she could move on. To Nolan, for example, I think he's going to be fine knight of the Rose very soon...
Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Style/Vocab: 3.5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroine: 3/5 -- Hero: 2/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Hearts: 3/5 -- Tears: 5/5 -- Heat: 2/5 -- Thrills: 3.5/5 -- Laughs: 2/5
Discovered: 4 Hoods
1 Black Rose | 2 Heart of the Rose | 3 Blood Rose | 4 Shadow of the Rose
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About the Author
Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures. An American, she is currently living in Europe working toward her PhD in Gothic literature. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Dublin. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites and Game of Thrones filming locations.
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