Sunday, February 21, 2016

~Review Tour~Black Rose by K.L. Bone

Black Rose by K.L. Bone Publication Date: October 12, 2014 Genres: Dark Fantasy, Romance
Purchase: Amazon
“May the Black Rose protect you in life and avenge you in death.” –Oath of the Black Rose Guard 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.
 Review Black Rose by K.L. Bone
Black Rose is a mixed world story that has setting in the modern age and medieval times.
There is little information given about this world in the early chapters that makes understanding this world confusing. This takes away from the story for me. I kept thinking what type of world is this why is there a mix of old and new.
Mara is a strong heroine whose love is on stand still because of her feeling for Edward. However, Edward is in love with another and this leaves Mara forever long. The story itself is pretty good. However, the confusion with the setting takes a lot away from the story for me. Also, I want Mara to be strong and decide she was worth more.
Overall, I like the plot but it kind of ends there.
I give this story 3 stars.

About the Author

book signing b & w K.L. Bone is the author of the dark fantasy series, Tales of the Black Rose Guard. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone sci-fi novel, The Indoctrination. 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.