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Black Rose by K.L. Bone 
Publication Date: October 12, 2014 
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Romance
Purchase: Amazon
“May the Black Rose protect you in life and avenge you in death.” –Oath of the Black Rose Guard 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.

My Review 4 stars

to be honest, I had forgotten that I requested this book for review!
Haha ... it happens! I was already reading another book but I put it down, reluctantly, and picked up BLACK ROSE and began reading! 

oh ...my ...word! 

I was pulled into this story from the beginning ... the story is unique, the characters complex - they are immortal after all, they've developed, over time, complex memories, emotions, personalities!
I loved the flow of this story ... warning, it does go from present time to different times in the past but it wasn't done in a way that was confusing - I feel that some people might find it more difficult to follow as the past is several time periods
when I finished the book I was sad that the story had ended ... it's left open and leaving you wanting MORE! Thankfully, there IS more THE HEART OF THE ROSE
This story is a love story ... but it's more than that ...
it's not a beautiful love story ... it's dark and brutal and heartbreaking at times

About the Author

book signing b & w K.L. Bone is the author of the dark fantasy series, Tales of the Black Rose Guard. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone sci-fi novel, The Indoctrination. Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures. An American, she is currently living in Europe 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.


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