Black Rose by K.L. Bone (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)


Title:  Black Rose 

Author:  K.L. Bone

Published Date: October 16th 2014

Genre:  Dark Fantasy


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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.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial’s  Review***
I have read one of K.L. Bone’s book before but the poetic beauty, darkness and desperation in Black Rose overshadows anything I have read from her. Raw emotions, violence and utter rage tackles you and pins you down until you have finished the book. There is no looking back, you just desire the next word, phrase, chapter and ultimately the next book.

Black Rose follows, Mara’s life as royalty in her Aunt’s court, how she was able to rise above the politics and ultimately how she was able to avenge the death of of the beloved jewel of the kingdom, Princess Liza. Along the way you will meet her love, the Queens Captain, Edward.

Mara’s skill, power and royal blood makes her a formidable soldier BUT it doesn’t take away from her humanity. No matter what has been done to her her heart stays loyal to those she cares about. It makes her vulnerable but also grants her your heart. I feel so strongly for Mara.

Black Rose is just the beginning. Just the tip of the iceberg. Dive in head first and try your best to pace yourself. I didn’t and devoured the three books in the series in four days.

If you love the dark gothic tragedy and beautiful wordplay of Sarah J Mass, you will enjoy K.L. Bone’s as well. Exquisitely well written.


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