In this sequel to Black Rose, reunite with the captains of the Immortal Guard and witness Mara and Edward at the beginning of their epic love story, which spans more than a millennium of heartache, pain, and undying devotion.
When Edward is sent on a mysterious quest by the ruthless queen, nineteen-year-old Mara--the youngest sub-captain to ever serve the Royal Guard--vowed to await his return, never anticipating decades would pass without word of his fate. The noble captain is taken prisoner by a rival court where he is forced to endure years of brutal torment at the hands of his captors. His life clings to but a single thought--Mara.
Refusing to accept that her love will never return, Mara clutches to a hope which defies the bounds of reason. However as years pass, memories fade from comfort to unbearable grief. As Mara prepares to accept the unimaginable loss, a sinister creature of roses and shadow haunts her dreams. Dreams of blood. Dreams of torment. Dreams of Edward.
The dark presence lingers, and Mara finds herself trapped in a certainty she fears no other will believe--even those closest to her heart. She must choose between honoring her vows to the immortal courts to which she has sworn her life, or leaving to search for the man who possesses her soul.
Dive into the beginning of the tale that shapes the most feared, most loved, and most revered captain in the history of the immortal courts.
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Heart of the Rose by KL Bone is #2 in the Black Rose Guard Series. This is an important entry in the series, as it takes us back to learn about the past that has molded these characters into the people they are now. We learn why Edward and Mara got together, and what tears them apart. The emotions get you deep, and the story grabs you tight, and you are hard-pressed to put the book down. It makes you want more. If you haven't tried this author, or this series yet, you must! Absoblute 5-star read.
This is the second book in this series and they must be read in order. This book begins in present day and then goes onto to what happened when Edward was given the quest till Mara finds him the dungeon while visiting the Muir court with the queen and Liza. This story was so emotional. Reading about how close Edward was to coming back only to be taken to the dungeon in the Muir Court. Mara never stopped loving him. They both had these horrible visions. Gareth and Phillip kept telling her they were nightmares and then finally made her believe that he was dead and was never coming back. The characters and story are fantastic. Mara and Edward have a special kind of love. While it is rife with sadness and road blocks they never stop loving each other. Mara is a wonderfully strong woman. Most of her life has been filled with lose; first her parents then Edward. Edward would have given anything to not have to leave Mara but he is so honorable and knew he had to follow the Queen’s orders even though they were given out of spite and not necessity. Gareth and the other members of the Guard tried to be there for Mara but it just wasn’t the same for her. I can’t wait to read the next book Blood Rose. This story is wonderfully complex. I was completely pulled in by the story. KL Bone is a fantastic author. The story has romance, mystery, and a paranormal aspect to it. I can’t recommend this book enough. I like that this book went back and filled in what was such a large part of Mara and Edward’s story before going forward.