Title: Black Rose
Author: K.L. Bone
Published Date: October 16th 2014
Genre: Dark Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST 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 of the Ciar Court. 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 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 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 compels 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.
This is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by KL Bone. And I can guarantee that it will not be the last!
The Black Rose was such an emotional rollercoaster ride for me. This story was so riveting and tragically beautiful. Mara, who is a very complex character, is the Captain of The Black Rose Guard. We get to see her life throughout the book. Mara had a very tragic life, very sorrowful, but so not let that fool you.
She is strong, brave, and shows no mercy for those who cross her or the ones she cares about. But she has one weakness. The one thing that has haunted her for over eight hundred, the one thing she wants to not want, and that is Edward, the Queens Captain. We get to see the unification between Mara and Edward.
The love between Edward and Mara is beyond anything I have read before. It was dark, desperate, and so beautiful that it was almost hard to believe that they stayed apart for eight hundred years. But there is a reason behind that. A very dark, sorrowful reason.
Black Rose is only the first book in this amazing series and I can not wait to dive into the other two books because if it was anything like this one, I know I will not be disappointed.
As a side note: If there were ever a character that I would want to work alongside with, it would definitely be Mara.
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