Blog Tour Review: Black Rose by K.L. Bone w/ Giveaway!

Title: Black Rose
Series: Black Rose Guard Series #1
Author: KL Bone
Publication Date: October 12, 2014
Cover Designer: Skyla Dawn Cameron
Genre: Dark Fantasy
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Synopsis: “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. 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. 

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After reading this book, I just have to say.... wow. I can picture everything so vividly and the way that K.L. Bone described everything just sucked you into the story and will never let you go until you finish it. 

Black Rose is a tragic love story between the cold-hearted Mara and the charming Edward about everlasting love and vengeance. The world that K.L. Bone created was an interesting take on the modern world with a medieval feel to it which I am still very confused about.

The love story between Mara and Edward was both romantic and also very frustrating. Basically Edward and Mara were in love, but Edward starts to fall in love with Princess Liza. When Mara took vengeance on the murderers of Liza, that drew the wedge between the two. Even though he caused her so much pain for thousands of years, she still loves him which infuriates me most of the time. 

Mara is a very strong woman who has endured so many hardships through her life so it was really hard for me to see her suffer and let her guards down for Edward. Edward seems like a very heartless bastard. He doesn't show a lot of emotion towards anything and when he does, it just seems so wrong.

I really enjoyed the book even though it was bloodier than I expected and the romance was frustrating. However, there are more good aspects than there are bad. For starters, the characters were amazing. They have a lot of depth into them and it really shows in the book.

Overall, I think that this book was a fantastic read. I will definitely be checking out the other books and K.L. Bone's other works. This is a must-read for fantasy and romance lovers out there.

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Also Available

Heart of the Rose - Black Rose Guard #2

Blood Rose - Black Rose Guard #3

Author Bio

K.L. Bone is the author of the Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD in 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.