Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Source: NetGalley + Publisher
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A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art–until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule–even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.
Last week, I got an email from NetGalley saying that I got a copy of Rosemarked to read and review, I freaked out! I only heard about this book a few weeks ago, but it sounded interesting and the cover is gorgeous (yes this did play a part in me wanting to read this one) but… it was so incredible! And it just came out this week, so you all need to buy it (and I bought myself a physical copy because I want an actual book and not just one on my kindle!)
This book captivated me from the beginning. Even though this book had a slower pace, I truly loved the story. Zivah is the youngest healer in her village. On the day that she officially becomes a healer, soldiers fall ill to the rose plague. As she and the other healers nurse the soldiers who have the plague, Zivah catches the deadly disease, and she cannot be cured. I really loved Zivah throughout this entire story. And I loved Dineas. Even with some parts of this story moving slowly, the characters are bright, vivid and really bring everything to life.
I also really enjoyed the slow burn romance, instead of the insta-love that we see all too often in YA books (fantasy or not.) This story had so many other elements that made it great, but I’m never going to say no to a little romance. The stakes are high in this story, as Zivah and Dineas essentially go undercover in hopes of keeping their people safe. Ah… I want to say so much, but I also don’t want to spoil anything. Trust me, you just need to pick this book up.
I gave Rosemarked 4.25/5 stars! I definitely recommend.
This book was fantastic. I look forward to reading more from this author as well! If you haven’t yet, there’s still time to enter this awesome giveaway that Livia is hosting so go enter now!!
What have you been reading lately? I’m always looking for new reads, feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments!
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