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Goddess of the Rose (Goddess Summoning, Book 4) Paperback – January 6, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
Book 4 of 8 in the Goddess Summoning Series

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About the Author

Award-winning author P. C. Cast is a dynamic, entertaining orator and an extraordinary teacher. Currently, her realm is in Oklahoma, where she resides with her spoiled cat, Patchy Poo the Pud, and her stubborn Scottie dogs, better known as The Snotties.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425227103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227107
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on February 19, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
P C Cast has once again taken us on a journey of mythic proportions. Wonderful characters, wonderful worlds, warm loving feelings and a joyful story. I loved it.

Mikado Empousai is a unique individual, her blood can actually protect and raise the most beautiful roses in the world. She has only used her unusual powers to grow prize winning roses. The powers are handed down by the women in her familly. She is the last. Now she works at the rose gardens at Woodward Park in Tulsa. Whether by accident or the powers that be, Mikado completes a goddess summoning ritual and frees the imprisioned Guardian at the Park. Ultimately finding out she is a Priestess of The REalm of the Roses.

The Guardian is a beast with the heart and soul of a man imprisioned inside. He has committed a crime against Hecate his Goddess, now that he is free he grabs Mikki and returns to the Realm of the Roses. A son of one of the titans he was cursed at birth to look like a beast. Being the only one of his kind leaves him to live a lonely hollow existance. But now he is determined to redeem himself and return to his job as Guardian of the Realm of the Roses. Not for him is touch or softness only duty.

Whatever you expect from this story, you get so much more. The interaction between the Guardian and the Priestess, as well as the citizens of this wonderful land is priceless. You only find a book like this once in a long while. Do not miss it. If you like love, romance, duty and heartwarming devotion this one is for you. I am so thankful I did not miss it.

This wonderful retelling of a Beauty and the Beast tale is so different and warm and I can only say I look forward to more of the Goddess Summoning Tales by P C Cast. Don't miss this one.
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P.C. Cast creates new tales from old myths. In her latest book, she interweaves the tale of the Minotaur with Beauty and the Beast to create a fascinating story. Mikado "Mikki" Empousai hides a family secret; for generations, the women in her family have been gifted with the ability to grow beautiful roses with only a small sacrifice to feed the roses. However, this time things go a little differently as she inadvertently invokes a sacred ritual and awakens the Guardian who then transports her to the Realm of the Rose. Mikki agrees to devote herself to the goddess Hecate and begins work on restoring the roses in the Realm as she feels at home in this world. She sees the man underneath the beast in the Guardian, Asterius, as he shows her the magic of the Realm. She learns of the Dream Weavers and even more importantly of those who weave the tapestry of life that allows dreams to come true. Disaster strikes when four Dream Stealers, Hatred, Fear, Envy, and Selfishness, manage to enter the Realm of the Rose and taint the roses. As the roses begin rapidly dying, Mikado has to make the ultimate sacrifice. P.C. Cast has created an enchanting story that captivates the reader. Despite liking several other works by Cast, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. However, the conclusion of the novel made the entire journey worthwhile as Cast cleverly tied together all aspects of the novel.
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I was recommended this book due to my obsession with beauty and the beast-- in that regard, it did not disappoint. There was a bit of cheese, as to be expected, but overall the story was well thought out and paced. I enjoyed the rose information the author collected and the personality of the protagonist. I'd highly recommend it for a weekend read or for anyone into mythos and romance. :)
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By Ashton on September 26, 2015
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I really enjoyed this. However the Beast thing was kind of weird. I couldn't really imagine what the beast looked like except I understood the beast had horns and claws, but did the rest of him look like a man? It just seems kind of like beastiality which grossed me out. But beyond that it was a sweet story, probably not my favorite out of the series though.
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I was expecting humor and something more like "Warrior Rising" by the same author (Which I really enjoyed). This one was, therefore, a bit of a disappoinmtement, with no humor and quite slow going. I was not wild about the heroine or any of her female assistants and all of the detailed description did not make up for a not-so-great story line. Sorry. I ordered another two Goddess series books and will read them to decide if I like this author or if Warrior Rising" was a fluke.
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To start off, I immediately liked this book because Beauty and the Beast is one of my classic favorites and this book was the author's personal take on the beloved tale. I have to tell you it astounded me how different it was and yet managed to enchant me within minutes. The mysteries implore you to read on and find the answers even as you lose yourself to the great plot.

Mikki is the heroine who ends up accidentally breaking the Beast's curse and freeing him from his imprisonment. In exchange for his freedom, the Beast whisks Mikki off to the Realm of the Rose where he is Guardian. A land he is both awed and feared in but non-the-less calls home. Mikki slowly starts to see the inner working of both the people and the Realm and develops feelings for both. But can a human love a beast? She will have to find out while dodging enemies, unraveling mysteries and giving in to her darkest desires. A task daunting at times but ultimately worth the price it comes with.

The first thing I noticed was the author's great descriptions. The story came to life off the pages and I felt like I was able to explore along with the heroine. And then there are the great characters. The heroine is quite loveable and sees the best in everyone. Makes a person cheer for her in her quest to right the wrongs done purposely or inadvertently. The hero is the haunted beast as you may have guessed. But P.C. Cast really puts a new take on him. For me he became more real, facing the dilemmas and hardships never mentioned in any other story but all too real in life. Quite an interesting pair and really worth the read.

If there was anything I didn't like about this book, it was the ending. And that's because this is one of those books that you read and hate to see end.
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