- File Size: 506 KB
- Print Length: 396 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: SubtleDemon Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (February 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9ZTBSP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Rose Mark: Black Rose Sorceress, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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This novel is written in alternating POVs, mostly rotating between the protagonist and her warrior, Kerok, with the occasional deviation whenever another character needs to weigh-in. All of the chapters are clearly labelled, so you always know who’s speaking. I loved the way that this title was penned because the male / female perspectives are very different, and Suttle’s narrative for both was well executed which is a rare find because try as they may, most authors have difficulty with the opposite sex’s thought processes.
The world-building was rich, and intricate without the need for a lengthy lexicon like so many other Fantasy universes, although there is a brief list of the cast and places at the end for clarity’s sake. I really enjoyed how we got to follow Sherra’s journey from trainee to escort; instead of skipping straight to the trenches, readers are taken through their paces right along side the Black Roses. It allowed for a more thorough understanding of the magic and techniques used, and of the driving forces behind the war.
Sherra is an amazing character, and her relationship with Kerok is very complex. The hero’s loyalties are split between the army, the crown, Grae and his escort, so he’s walking a paper-thin line. The protagonist has more-or-less accepted her fate, but thanks to a bout of ingenuity and a little outside help, her destiny is no longer a foregone conclusion. Foreshadowing and whispers are peppered throughout the story, and the last pages confirmed a few of my suspicions. My family better buckle-down as there’s another binge read in my future!
THE ROSE MARK’s deceptively simple cover hides a truly spectacular piece of fiction.
What I liked: This new series, Black Rose Sorceress, from Connie Suttle showcases her imagination, her unconventional storylines, and intriguing characters. I never, ever thought I would be a Sci-Fi reader but Ms Suttle’s books have introduced me to a whole new world of possibilities.
The Rose Mark is the beginning of a new series and from what I can tell is not connected to any of her other works which is good and bad. If you love the characters in her previous books and liked their appearance in other series, you’ll be disappointed in not seeing them in The Rose Mark. BUT, a whole new list of characters in a different world more than make up for the familiarity of previous people.
Imagine from the time you are born, you know you’re not going to have much of a life and most of it will be painful and short. Our heroine, Sherra, laments having been marked with the Rose Tattoo and her projected service to the King’s warrior army. At the appointed age, Sherra is moved for her training. That’s another whole ugly chapter about being rose marked. Sherra has ideas to improve the training and prolong the lives of the rose marked but “politics” rears its ugly head. She does connect with some of the other trainees and makes friends but again they are not the favorites of the trainers. All they can look forward to is providing power to the warriors until they are drained dry.
One of the warriors takes an interest in some of Sherra's ideas which just makes her life harder with the trainers. But this warrior is just not anyone and Sherra soon finds out some of the real truths of the war that seems endless.
What is especially poignant in The Rose Mark is the way Ms Suttle incorporates some of today’s issues into her storyline. Not only in the archaic laws but the political power grabs between so many of the characters. It provides relevance to the storyline.
Sherra is a bit different than previous Suttle heroines. She’s strong but isn’t as accepting of what she’s dealing with in her story. She selfless in most cases but isn’t afraid to speak her mind even when expecting some type of punishment.
I could go on and on but this first book really grabbed and held my attention. Yes, I stayed up too late and felt like I was more than a bystander in the story.
What I didn’t Like: I can absolutely think of nothing not even the e-book pricing. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member, it’s a free read but even at $4.99 for the e-book of your very own, it’s a bargain. Kudos to Ms Suttle for keeping the reader’s book allowance in mind!
Absolutely Highly Recommended!!
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