"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.
About the Author
Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is currently 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Black Rose is the beginning of the Black Rose Series by K.L. Bone. She was a new to me author, and I am grateful I gave her a read, and you will be too. Mara was born a Princess of the Court, but due to tragedy and circumstances, she becomes a member of the Guard. There is a darkness to this story, but enough light and love to keep you going, and rooting, for Mara and her loves. Once this story has grabbed you, you cannot stop; you will keep reading until you are finished, and it will leave you wanting more. Mara is a heroine for everyone. Total 5-star read.
This book is so great. It has love, tragedy, forbidden love, violence, and more. Mara and Edward have loved each other for a very long time. They have been through so much and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. Mara was born a princess and lost her parents very early. She meets Edward after losing them and he helped her through it. Her aunt is the queen of their fae court and she is a horrible woman. Mara and Edward have a once in a life time love; they are the other halves of their souls. Something that happened a very long time ago is coming back to stir things up now. Mara is still haunted by what she had to do and having to revisit it is harder than she can bear. So much happens in this book. The characters are forced to do things and suffer through things that extremely horrible. The Fae are known for being a bit ruthless and this book shows some of the meaner things they are willing to do. I am excited to read the second book in this series. This is the first book by K.L. Bone I have read and I look forward to reading more by her. She writes a story that takes you on a fantastic journey and has you pulling for the characters. I was given this book in return for an honest review.