Shadow of the Rose: A Tale of the Black Rose Guard by K.L. Bone (Review by Valerie – #NerdGirlVal)

Title: Shadow of the Rose: A Tale of the Black Rose Guard 

Author:  K.L. Bone 

Published Date: July 5th 2017

Genre:  Dark Fantasy


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If you stay with the Lorcan Guard, you will honor your original vow, it is true. But you shall remain forever a shadow of the rose…

For as long as she could remember, Sarah had wanted to be a knight. One fated evening, a man with dark eyes appeared at her mother’s modest inn, and told her a story of love, loss, loyalty, honor, and a life of which Sarah had only dreamed.

Devastated when the man is condemned to the dungeons by her own father, Sarah was told she would never see him again. She safeguarded his story, and secrets, resigned to them forever being the treasures of her imagination. More than twenty years later, he reappears, offering Sarah an opportunity beyond her wildest dreams.

A half-mortal, illegitimate child of a lesser court, Sarah’s struggle only begins with leaving all she has known. Her hope for a better future, amid the prejudice of those who look down upon her tainted blood, is maintained by a blossoming love, and being personally trained by the court’s captains.

An unexpected turn of events gives Sarah an opportunity to change her fate—a position of leadership in the Black Rose Guard. But to accept will mean abandoning both the man she has come to love, and her vow to Captain Edward.

Loyalty and desire clash in one woman’s quest to find her place in the immortal guard.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Valerie – #NerdGirlVal’s  Review***
As you know in today’s world and I a fantasy world, blood line means everything. The more money your family has, the higher you are on the totem pole. Sara is a half breed, half human and half immortal. Because her Father was a mer lower Lord and she didn’t grow up in the palace and her Father didn’t clam her as his daughter, Sara is as low on that totem pole as can be. You are looked down upon as a low life. Can Sara rise above all this?
Sara was given the chance to become a knight, a dream come true. Since that day a tall brave handsome knight came into the Inn and told a 6 year old memorizing stories about a princess that became a knight and gave up her title. Edward and Mara both together after his rescue took her away from her home and trained her to be a knight.
Sara meat Jake upon arrival to the castle. She was put into his charge. She would train with Jake by Mara. Sara and Jake hit it off right from the start. They became good friends as they learned and worked hard together to prove they are worthy to be a knight of the Royal Guard.
On the night before Sara was to take her vow to be a knight, there was a knock at her door. thinking that it was Jake, she answered and was surprised to see Edward standing there with a solemn face. Sara’s Mother was very ill and near death. He told her to go and be with her Mother one last time. She could take her vow when she got back. Jake asked Edward if he could go along so she wouldn’t be alone and Edward agreed.
Jake got to find out how Sara grew up. He loved Sara’s Mother, as they talked through the night and he confessed his love for Sara. After he Mother passed and they were ready to head home, Sara’s was summoned to the Prince. Why? What on earth would he want of her? Now is when birth right comes in. People think they are entitled to what they think is there’s because of it. As an offer was placed in front of Sara by the Prince, she learned about her birth right. It was a magnificent offer for a girl who grew up so poor. Will Sara take the offer and give up being a knight? Or will she leave with Jake and go home?
This story is about Sara and how she made over came her birth right and her Father. So would find out that her linage will affect her live for a very long time. It will hold her back for opportunities and acknowledgement.
K. L. Bone took something that happens every day in this world with a person’s blood line and what it entitles. She also showed that wealth, royalty and linage doesn’t mean that you are entitled to what you want. A real knight doesn’t care about all that as a real person shouldn’t either.
Awesome story line and very well put together. I enjoyed it as much as the first few books of this series. Glued to the pages and story line, fantasizing about being in the book. I look forward to the rest of the series.


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