Like flowers denied water, people are wilting under the emperor’s tyranny.
Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But there are bigger battles to fight, and Rayce—leader of the rebellion and the only man Rose has ever loved—believes their best chance at winning the war is to join forces with her sworn enemy.
Saving innocent people is more important than her quest for revenge. But their new ally can’t be trusted—and he knows her darkest secret. One betrayal could leave the war and Rayce’s life hanging in the balance, and Rose will need to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them all.
Garden of Thorns
Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce adeal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.
Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.
Review: I’m so happy I read this one! Like so many others books, this is one I hadn’t heard of until recently thanks to this blog tour, and other bloggers. And like so many others, I loved it and can’t get enough of this series! It has everything I crave, action, fantasy elements, romance, and of course strong leads and a captivating story-line. As this is a series, you do need to read it in order, but it’s well worth it!
I loved these characters, and the world that has been build around them! While this story is definitely a YA, it’s still always nice to see things that make a story really stand out. It’s easy to fall into the same routine that’s been tried and proven time and again, and while there’s nothing wrong with something that works, sometimes with a little creativity you can invent a new way. While not ‘the most original thing I’ve ever read’ I like to think this this story puts a new spin on how things are done, and I love the result!
Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature.