Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: May 14th 2013
Read in: 5 days
Status. Power. Magic. Family. Insecurity. Deceit. Love. These 7 aspects proved amazing in developing the novel that was The Rose Throne. The Rose Throne was a paranormal romance that takes place, for the most part, in the kingdom of Rurik. In Rurik there are two forces that coexist, the neweyr, and the taweyr. Neweyr controls the earth, life, and nourishment of the land, while taweyer revolves around anger, death, and willpower. Women are supposed to wield neweyr and men - taweyr. However in Rurik, taweyr is favored above all, and is taxed so that King Haikor is able to remain the most powerful among all others. The Rose Throne is told from the alternating perspectives of two princesses - Ailsbet of Rurik and Marlissa or Issa of Weirland. When a centuries-old prophecy surfaces, both princesses will struggle to keep secrets hidden, love avoided, and their deepest desires contained.
What I loved? Hmm... Let's start with the loads of originality Ivie Harrison dumped into this book. Kudos! I mean; whenever I read a book with a princess it ends one of two ways, a marriage or some happily ever after where the prince and the princess ride into the sunset, kissing. This didn't apply to The Rose Throne, and frankly, I was happy about it. The plot twists were soo crazy! I wish I could further explain my thoughts, but I'm working on keeping this review spoiler-free. Which, as of now, is proving to be the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. All I will say is to: "Think of the most unexpected event that could possibly occur, then square it, multiply it by infinity and square it again. " That unpredictable. What else was there? Sorry, the correct question is "What wasn't there?" Insta-love! I just wanted to hug the book to my chest, and skip happily around my house. The princesses in the book, didn't meet a guy, glance at him, and fall in love. NO - not Ailsbet and Issa. The traditional way was used, you know, the whole getting to know each other, and oh, I don't know - HAVING AN ACTUAL CONVERSATION. The imagery, and enormous amount of detail put into the descriptions given by both princesses gave me an insight into Rurik and Weirland. From the green, lush landscapes right down to the ancient castle in Rurik. Before I forget, I should mention that The Rose Throne was overall, a fast-paced novel, that had suspense building up to the climax from the very first page!
In all honesty - it's the blurb. The blurb does The Rose Throne a great injustice. Just reading the overview on the back cover/Goodreads gave me the slightest inclination to move on to some other book on my Suggested Books List. However, after reading The Rose Throne I knew it should be the exact opposite. I wasn't a fan of the relationship, if you can call it that, that developed between Ailsbet and Lord Umber. It felt so rushed and forced! Although I found myself liking their relationship at some points in the novel, it just felt parasitic. As if Lord Umber was getting more out of the relationship than Ailsbet was. Also, the love interests, as a whole, weren't really doing it for me. I would've much rather preferred both princesses single.
The Rose Throne is a paranormal romance that proved to be so much more than just that. From the unpredictable plot twists, to the stolen kisses, and straight down to the self-preserving deceit, The Rose Throne proved to be the ultimate read.
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