I felt defeated. Helpless. If Sherra were alive, why didn't she mindspeak to tell me so? Every day, I floundered against that notion—that if she were alive, she'd have contacted me by now.
"Don't give up, Thorn," Hunter said softly. "We don't know everything there is to know."
"Hunter, every day reminds me of how little we actually do know."
Sherra has not returned to the King.
Seven months have passed and Kaakos, Ny-nes' leader, is rebuilding his army. His plan is to unleash an onslaught against Az-ca—in retaliation for the destruction of his troops and weapons.
In Az-ca, the King's health is failing, the enemy is on the march and Merrin and his rogues have forged an alliance with enemy infiltrators. Will the Crown Prince be forced to deal with attacks from both sides, without Sherra's help?
Will Az-ca survive if Sherra is dead, as so many believe?
What I liked: I know I’m going to enjoy each and every book I read authored by Connie Suttle, it’s just the anticipation of what she’s going to put her characters through, the further development of the characters, and the plot that keeps me coming back to her books.
Trying to review Rose and Thorn without spoilers is very hard. Let’s just say all the preconceptions about the bad guys in the first book, forget them, throw them out the door. I was completely surprised at how the story line developed. As a matter of fact, I was so entirely caught by surprise that I didn’t and couldn’t stop reading. You know how you get so involved with a movie that you can’t stop thinking about it and your stomach is in knots, yeah, that was me reading Rose and Thorn. So much anticipation in turning each page!
Since I can’t really talk about the story per se, how about I talk about the quality of the writing. The imagination that goes not only into this book but all of Ms Suttle’s work is astounding. I never feel like I know exactly what’s going to happen next. It keeps the story and the characters fresh and innovative. In addition, I can’t say enough about the characters themselves. They are not cardboard cutouts and they are complicated enough to keep you wondering what are they going to do next. I love Ms Suttle’s heroines but she’s outdone herself with Sherra. While she is a sympathetic character, she is complex, smart, and above all giving. She will put the greater good and friends and loved ones before herself without a second thought but she’s smart when she does it. She doesn’t make any moves without knowing the consequences but is able to think and evaluate quickly as to what her actions might do.
Some of whom I considered important but secondary characters in the first book, The Rose Mark, quickly move front and center in the plot of this one. Yes, again, I was surprised and had no idea about their importance. Ms Suttle has numerous characters in her books but with the Black Rose Sorcerer series, I’ve so far had a much easier time keeping track of them.
What I didn’t like: I must say, I usually get frustrated with cliffhanger endings and Ms Suttle is the queen of the cliffhanger, but in both the books so far, she hasn’t left me completely agape. Thank goodness!!
There are two other things I’d like to highlight with Connie’s writing. She is an Indie author with all that entails. Her editing is unbelievably tight. I’m not just talking about the grammar and spelling but the connections between the characters and plots is never confusing or contradictory. I would imagine I’d need flow charts, timelines, and any other cheats I could find to do what she does that it feels so seamless.
The other thing is the cost of her books. With her success, the cost seems to me more than worth the value. I don’t know if it will continue but, with each release, if you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you can borrow the book for free and even if you buy it, it’s priced at $4.99. For me, Ms Suttle is on auto-buy even if I can’t read the book right away!