The Rose Labyrinth

The Rose Labyrinth

by Titania Hardie
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The Rose Labyrinth 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
smileyluv1 More than 1 year ago
The Rose Labyrinth came to me as a gift and after examining the front and back cover and then opening it to find the clue sheets, I was excited to read it! The story promises to be a thriller that spans several centuries with a mystery handed down through several generations via a parchment and a key. I felt the book started out slow, taking its time to get to the point of the story and once there, I expected it to take off, spinning me into a web of danger and excitement. I was disappointed. Instead, the author delves deep into the world of symbolism, drawing from Dante, Shakespeare and Greek literature. If the reader is not familiar with the 1500's and the mindset of the era or if there is little knowledge of symbolism, they will soon find themselves lost in a twisting turning labyrinth of word play, losing the thread of the story. This book takes work to read. There is no sitting down and just reading this through. The connections and threads the story follows are confusing and twisting, jumping from the 16th century to current times and back. The pamphlet of clues that are included with the book are vague at best and confusing and mind numbing at worst. Most of these clues are not even addressed in the book and those that are, are not referenced well so I could find them in the pamphlet when I needed them. The book's plot had promise, however the author went too deep for the average reader. There was more work than I wanted to put into it. I did read it through and found the ending to be a predictable let down.
ShakespeareMonkey More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that makes you want to run away and do academic research. A well researched and well written story. It kept me reading into the early hours of the morning. An interesting twist is that you get the packet of clues before the characters and get the chance of solving the mystery before they do. A nice twist.
TheCrowdedLeaf More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin with this one. A woman named Lucy needs a heart transplant, which she gets. She then becomes involved with her doctor, Alex. Somewhere along the way they're pulled into a mystery that involves Alex's brother, Will, John Dee (circa the original Queen Elizabeth's time), riddles, roses, labyrinths in churches, angels, Shakespeare, and the Rapture. If you can make sense of the plot and it's circumnavigations, then by all means, have at it, my friends. For me, it was way too much. The riddles on the papers that Lucy and Alex find have much potential, but are SO numerous the reader is inundated trying to figure them out. Eventually they become so overwhelming you start skipping over the details to just get to the meat of it all. With all the clues and mystery there should be a grand finale at the end, but it's over so quickly it's as though it was all a dream and the reader just woke up to a hollow sensation that none of it is real. A wonderful effort, brilliant idea, but for me, The Rose Labyrinth was completed mired down in it's own mystery.
Viviannie More than 1 year ago
This was without question, the WORST book I have ever opened! As the other reviewers stated, the story was plodding and the coincidences and connections were ridiculous (and I am familiar with medieval and greek literature) It took everything I had to finish (but I did finish unfortunately for me). It felt like there was more than one author as the writing style changed after the first part of the book, I am amazed that an editor allowed this to be published!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As other reviewers, the beginning of this book is wonderful, but I strained to complete it. There are some wonderful descriptions and passages but overall this book was tiresome to finish. I did so to find out what happens to the main characters (whom you will enjoy). There needed to be better editing here; the concept is intriguing but I truly wish I had had the courage to quit while I was ahead.
dixiebrit More than 1 year ago
Titania Hardie should stick to witchcraft/spell books. She began her story with interesting and promising characters. She had a good opening set in France and England. As the book went on, though, she began to get more militant with many of the characters. Instead of focusing on the very interesting time shifts and possibilities with the initial story, she allowed a minor character, Simon, to go on a overlong, boring political diatribe. If a reader wants that, all they have to do in this country is read the paper. I wanted a story, an escape. Lucy and Alex seemed to offer this, along with the associations with Dr. John Dee, but Hardie didn't fulfill her promise. I kept waiting for a conclusion to the other threads, but they never really materialized. The ridiculous pad of "puzzle" pieces was annoying as well. You could put it together quite easily if you paid attention, but once you removed each sheet from the pad you had a loose set of 34 pages (significant number) to deal with in the cover. It may be fashionable to do these kind of books, but it is annoying to deal with as a reader.
I-am-what-I-am More than 1 year ago
Although I am currently still reading this book it is very intresting so far. (I am currently on pg.212/384) Some of the subjects bought up in this book really make you want to look up and research them. I have enjoyed the book so far, and I hope the rest will be as good as the rest.
lovemybooksAE More than 1 year ago
I can sum up one word for this book: exhausting. I'm a huge fan of books that challenge a reader's mental stamina but this book was just too much. I got tired of the "coincidences" of number 34, got tired of the page after page of dialogue of characters trying to figure out clues that ultimately didn't mean that much. I found myself two chapters from the end, so tired of the effort the author was obviously putting into making it suspensful that I just wanted to quit. And for all the fuss of this clue and that clue and the chase, it just wasn't a big deal. For as much mental energy as the author plainly evoked in this work, I wish there had been a more meaningful and poignant ending with better "past ghosts" characters for the plot line. I just came away feeling like I'd wasted my time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enchanting!
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really well-researched. unfortunately, it's presented in an unengaging and very preachy manner - really could have been a good book if less time had been spent on heavy-handed pontificating and more on the plot.
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Starling3 More than 1 year ago
The Rose Labrynth tried it's best to thrill me with puzzles to solve and mysteries to decode, but was an anticlimatic read. I spent maybe three hours trying to figure out how to put together the puzzle, then I can't say how long reading the backs of the cards to interpret how each card related to the story. The cards did not add to my enjoyment of the story. I found that there wasn't much to interpret that would add any more insight to the characters or the action. The cards felt more like a gimmic than a companion to the action. What was left was pretty much a run of the mill mystery that read like the Harlequin Romance edition of The Da Vinci Code. Not what I expected.
Chapulina More than 1 year ago
It seemed like a very original idea and I was excited about reading something that seemed so different. I figured the novel would guide you on how to use the cards and ultimately solve the riddle, but it never does. I never figured out what you really needed them for. You can read the book from start to finish without ever even taking the cards out. The are so many clues and numbers and coincidences that you end up getting lost no matter how hard you try to follow the story. It´s exhausting! The book should have some kind of reading companion or guide to help you figure out the use of the cards and really experience the book as the author meant it, or no cards at all!! Could´ve been great, engaging and really interesting.... it´s not.